After fifteen years serving in a missions capacity with YWAM, Ryan and I believe that ‘missions work’ encompasses everything from urban life tackling inner city issues to working for community development in the remotest of villages. We truly love both and hope to always follow where God leads, whether there are concrete sidewalks and traffic jams or muddy paths and dugout canoes.
We believe wholeheartedly that Jesus has given Hope to the Church and that it’s the privilege of the Church to extend that Hope to the world.
So why focus our ministry in Sydney, Australia?
- Because one fifth of all Australians live in Sydney, making this a hugely influential city, bursting with Kingdom-building potential.
- Because Sydney is a city comprised of the nations. Did you know that 40% of Sydney-siders were born outside of Australia? Now imagine them getting to know Jesus and then taking Jesus to their own home nations…
- Because less than 8% of Australians attend church regularly… and that’s just not good enough.
- Because one or two thriving church movements in Sydney is not enough.
- Because Sydney is home to roughly 20% of all Aussies. Given this statistic, consider the influence of Sydney throughout the entire nation of Australia. Then consider the influence of Australia in the region. (Did you know the largest Muslim nation—Indonesia—is Australia’s closest neighbor? Ponder that for a while…)
- Because Sydney is more than just a tourist destination; it’s a city poised to be a leading player in mobilizing the Church to missions.
- Because Sydney’s urban core is considered “hard to reach” by some, but—we believe—is full of soft hearts waiting for Love to meet them where they’re at. The inner city is full of people living on the margins of society who are desperate to know hope of Jesus, the love of the Father, and the comfort, guidance, and empowering grace of the Holy Spirit.
- Because God loves cities… since cities are where the people are.
Our dream and vision for Sydney:
- To work for unity among believers and to encourage and resource the local Church.
- To serve the inner city by loving those who are often marginalized (including youth, the homeless, immigrants, the urban poor, and others), and then work toward influencing the city as a whole, with a diverse approach that matches the complexity of the city.
- To equip believers to walk with Jesus and live a missional lifestyle in whatever sphere of society they are called to live and work in.
- To mobilize a generation of believers to reach within their neighborhoods and beyond their borders and introduce the world to the Hope of Jesus.
Our ministry philosophy and approach:
Jesus came to show us what incarnational ministry looks like, and we believe we’re most effective when we also take an incarnational approach. In the book of John (chapter one) it says that Jesus became flesh and blood and moved into our neighborhood. That is exactly the sort of organic, grassroots, incarnational approach we want our team to take in Sydney — we want to move into neighborhoods, become a part of them, and quite literally love our neighbors well.
Because cities are complex and diverse, we believe that reaching Sydney means that our strategy must be dynamic and multifaceted. Our vision is to create a network of ministries that are decentralized but connected by relationship, shared values, and mutual accountability, encouragement, and support. Our dream is to have small, specialized teams scattered all through the city, working in different neighborhoods, spheres of society,* socio-economic groups, and ethnic/linguistic people groups.
*Spheres of society: arts and entertainment, the media, education, family, science and technology, commerce, government, and the church.
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