Here is an encouraging update on a CRC church plant in Victoria! Also below are the details for our annual church planting seminar coming up in October. Make sure you book in to secure your place.
Church Planting Update
Grace Fellowship CRC, Hamilton Vic
It is 10 months now since Grace Fellowship began monthly outreach services in Casterton, a town 60km west of our church here in Hamilton, Victoria. The goal was to reach out to the extent that people could reasonably travel to Hamilton for regular worship. Two small groups have been borne from that activity, one 70km north in Balmoral and another 35km south in Macarthur. In those towns we have pre-existing Hamilton church members on the ground.
Our first services needed to be on Saturday afternoons but are now Sunday afternoons through to early evening which is better. We hire the Town Hall venue which has a great space for us at an equally blessed price.
To encourage our church with this vision for the first three monthly services we invited as many of our people to travel over to fellowship with us as possible. The attrition was pretty fast – 30 excited people for the first service, then 20, then 10 for the third! But that exercise was about giving our people a taste for it so that even if they do not attend they have an awareness of this significant outreach. Ideally we are seeking to develop a team of around 12 people from our Hamilton church.
Casterton people are well aware that we are there. Activities we have undertaken include an outdoor children’s outreach. We have had Ps Barry Chant guest speak in a Q & A format. We have had an impromptu fellowship in a local pub when we left the key to the Town Hall back in Hamilton (one of the best meetings yet!). Recently we hired a bus and travelled a 2 hour plus circuit through local hills picking up contacts which was a hoot. Last night we began the Alpha Marriage Course which runs weekly for 7 weeks in a local Casterton café.
Overall in that time we have ministered to 10 different locals. A couple of times it has been only our Hamilton crew in attendance but we have turned that to advantage with focused prayer and prophecy. Sitting enjoying and benefitting from the Marriage Course last night are two new couples (so 14 locals now). One of those couples being the young owners of the Café who are also young Christians and recently arrived in Casterton.
Watch this space.
Pastor Rodger Garland
Grace Fellowship CRC
Exciting news: we have some key events coming up to train and equip YOU for church planting! Find out the dates and details of our Church Planting School and Professional Development Day below. I also wanted to share some of what is going on within our turningpoint Churches, have a read below to be encouraged!
Coming up on the 20th and 21st of July we have our new Toolshed Church Planting School. Two days packed full of training and activation in Church Planting at turningpoint Cranbourne. The Saturday will be a day of sessions and teaching from Church planters from varies movements, then on the Sunday morning (if available) we will get to observe and help out in various Churches in the area.
Then in the afternoon we will activate faith, training and planning as we Launch a new CRC Church in Officer Church Launch!
This seminar will be provided free by the CRC Churches International including accommodation and meals for CRC approved participants. So make sure you register soon to secure a spot. CLICK HERE to register
On the 30th of September we have our Church Planting Professional Development Day! For the convenience of those who are attending the CRC National Conference, this event will be held at Kingston City Church immediately before the conference. The day will include various sessions and guest speakers from 1pm to 9pm; dinner is provided. Don’t miss out! CLICK HERE to register
If you believe you have a potential “church planter” in your fellowship then please approach them and contact me as this event will be by CRC pastoral invitation only. The CRC Churches International are so committed to the church planting that these events, accommodation and meals will be run free of charge to CRC Churches International approved participants.
Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.
Pr Phil Cayzer – National Church Planting Director
Check the links below for up-to-date information on CRC Church Planting
- Partnering for Church Planting
- Current Church Plants
- 2 Years on …
- 5 Years on …
- Pray for Church Planting
- Online Forum for Church Planters
- Information on church planting training TOOLSHED
Testimony on Church planting from turningpoint Church:
Many years ago God put the suburb of OFFICER in the south east of Melbourne on my heart. Since then I have been praying and only recently brought it up to our Church Oversight.
Officer is a satellite suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, with a recorded a population of only 7,133 at the 2016 Census; BUT expected to be about 50,000 in the future. The suburb is named after the Officer family, who were early settlers in the area. On 17 November 2014, the Shire of Cardinia moved from its offices in Pakenham to a new office in Officer, making it the new Council seat. Officer is in the south east growth corridor, with new residential developments and many new schools opening in the past ten years. BUT NO NEW CHURCHES in the past ten years.
As the Oversight we prayed about a new Church plant together and felt led to go down this path. So at the beginning of the year we presented it to the church and got many responses from a variety of people who wanted to participate in this new venture.
So on Sunday the 24th March at 4.00pm we held our first planning meeting where we laid out our vision as a church and the heart of the oversight. This church plant will be a combination of a few turningpoint churches working together. Over the past week we have seen a few families in Officer be identified as wanting to become of the church when it opens with a public launch on Sunday 21st July.
So these who are able to be part of our church planning weekend can join us at 2pm Sunday 21st July as we launch our new CRC church in Officer
If you would like to know more about this church plant contact Sean La’Brooy via firstname.lastname@example.org
We appreciate your prayers and support.