Who We Are
Coffs Harbour Wesleyan is an inspiring church with genuine people who love people and love Jesus. Our Sunday worship meetings have solid, challenging sermons to empower you to live life to the full, an authentic, simplistic worship experience to refresh your heart, and genuine loving friendships to encourage you.
Who We Are
Hope4 Pakenham is an inspiring church with genuine people who love people and love Jesus. Our Sunday night worship meetings have solid, challenging sermons to empower you to live life to the full, an authentic, simplistic worship experience to refresh your heart, and genuine loving friendships to encourage you.
God’s Word – The Bible is God’s holy Word. We believe in the Bible and its sufficiency to establish our faith and conduct. God’s word guides our thoughts and actions, helping us grow in Christ and deepen our relationship with the Father. Beliefs, practices, priorities, and our mission are to be anchored in clear biblical teachings. If we are being shaped by His word, then we are shaping others by the same.
Fellowship – A Fellowshipping Church is a church which acts towards each other as God requires. To gather together in the name of Jesus means gathering together to publicly worship Jesus, serve Jesus, and help others love Jesus.
Communion – Jesus commanded his followers to regularly come together to remember and celebrate his death & resurrection. The Lord’s supper is a communal event in which the church publicly proclaims the death & resurrection of Christ.
Prayer – Prayer is one of the most powerful and fundamental aspects of the Christian life. We cannot expect growth in grace without time in prayer. Prayer will free you from bondage; It will strengthen, guide and protect you. Prayer is our spiritual life line. It is powerful because it is our direct access to communicate with God and receive his power.
Worship – We are to be filled with the Spirit, making melody in our hearts to the Lord. We are also to address one another with our psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs. Worship is about you connecting to God, an expression of your love for Him. When the church gathers to sing, we are also proclaiming truth to one another.
PRAYER: For a life changing relationship with God, prayer is vital. We pray that God would do in us what we ask him to do in the world around us, knowing that we are all works in progress, and that He loves us every step of the way. Of all the wonderful things that Jesus did and said, the one thing His disciples asked Him to teach them was how to pray. We are a praying church.
PEOPLE: We are a church that seeks to reconnect people with the source of hope, Jesus Christ. Knowing Him as He is and experiencing all that He has for us in a lifelong intimate relationship is the only way all people everywhere will find true and lasting hope. God loves people, so we love people.
HOLY SPIRIT: We are a Wesleyan Methodist Church that seeks to be more sensitive to the Person and work of the Holy Spirit and His daily leadership as we live in faithful obedience to Him.
Our vision for Coffs Harbour Wesleyan Methodist Church is taken directly from Acts 2:42-57
42 All the believers devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, and to fellowship, and to sharing in meals (including the Lord’s Supper), and to prayer.
43 A deep sense of awe came over them all, and the apostles performed many miraculous signs and wonders. 44 And all the believers met together in one place and shared everything they had. 45 They sold their property and possessions and shared the money with those in need. 46 They worshiped together at the Temple each day, met in homes for the Lord’s Supper, and shared their meals with great joy and generosity — 47 all the while praising God and enjoying the goodwill of all the people. And each day the Lord added to their fellowship those who were being saved.
WHAT WE BELIEVE
Wesleyans believe in one God, who is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, and the Saviour of all who put their faith in Him alone for eternal life.
We believe that those who are made new in Christ are called to be holy in character and conduct, and can only live this way by being filled with the Lord’s Spirit.
We believe in the Bible and its sufficiency to establish our faith and conduct.
We believe God wills for people everywhere to know Him and be made new in Christ.
We believe that the purpose of the Church is to worship God in spirit and in truth, and to reach a lost and fallen world with the gospel of Jesus Christ through its worship, witness, and loving deeds.
The following are terms descriptive of who Wesleyans are and why they do what they do. They describe the “soul of the Church”:
BIBLICAL AUTHORITY: The Bible is God’s holy Word. It uniquely and infallibly reveals God’s plan for His people and how to live out that plan, individually and corporately. Beliefs, practices, priorities, and our mission are to be anchored in clear biblical teachings.
CHRISTLIKENESS: Jesus Christ is the defining feature of God’s will and relationship with all humankind. In Christ is found both newness of life and the highest and clearest example for godliness. People made new in Christ find Him to be the source of faith, hope, and love in both the inner life and in our outward actions engaging a world desperate for hope and life.
DISCIPLE-MAKING: Making disciples is a clear mandate from Christ. This requires a strong missional focus on evangelism and training in spiritual growth and holy living. Done effectively, this will produce and promote growth and health in and among the churches.
LOCAL CHURCH CENTRED: The denomination exists to help local congregations grow and multiply, be more healthy, and more authentically reflect God’s plan. Local churches are the most fundamental and strategic points of evangelism and discipleship. The challenge of the denomination is to keep finding the best ways to serve, strengthen, and multiply congregations.
SERVANT LEADERSHIP: Wesleyans respect leadership that is placed over them, while realising that the authority and effectiveness of spiritual leadership is not primarily bestowed, but earned, and is characterised by a loving and willing heart of obedience that serves God and mankind gladly. Wesleyans desire to be leaders in serving.
UNITY IN DIVERSITY: There is intrinsic value in every person. Biblical unity becomes all the more important and beautiful in the light of the wide-ranging differences in personalities, cultures, races, languages, talents, and perspectives. Finding unity and mutual love in Christ eliminates devaluation and deprivation of life to one another.
Pastor Cameron & Desley Quirk
WHAT IS A WESLEYAN?
We are a gathering of local churches and ministries from around Australia serving together under the umbrella of the Wesleyan Methodist Church of Australia. We find our roots dating back to John Wesley who was a key component of 18th Century revivals in England. His desire was to spread the message of Scriptural Holiness around the world. This is our mandate today. From these beginnings came the ‘Holiness Movement’ and at its heart is the message of perfect love, which is to love God with all our heart, with all our mind and with all our strength and our neighbour as our self. (Mark 12:30-31 NIV)
We, the Wesleyan Methodists of Australia, are a part of a wider church that is connected together under the name, the Wesleyan Church. We are now found in over 80 nations. In 2011, worldwide Sunday morning worship attendance was 475,000 persons in more than 5,000 congregations. Worldwide total membership was 368,000.
In 1946, the Wesleyan Methodist Church of Australia was officially formed in Melbourne under the leadership of Kingsley Ridgway. While the initial beginnings were slow, we have now spread across the country with around 95 churches. Our people come from a variety of backgrounds, cultures and communities. While we do celebrate our diversity, we also acknowledge the values that hold us together – such as our love for the word of God, the bible, our commitment to Christlikeness, our passion for disciple-making, and our call to servant leadership.
The message we share is a message we are experiencing everyday.
It is a message of hope, it is the message of love, and it is the message of life.
It is the message of Christ and the Cross.