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2. MAINTAIN THE 'RAGE'
Why we don't use campus
Ok, maybe I am a stickler, but the word 'campus' when describing a Church irks me. Campus has become the common word to describe a Church gathering or service when it is part of a wider Church that meets in different locations. I guess that is fine, sort of... well actually...hmmm...
The language we use in life reflects and creates. It reflects our culture, our history, our worldview. Not only does it reflect but it creates and shapes. It reinforces deep held convictions, helps to teach and reframe the way we see something.
At LIFECITY CHURCH we say of our shape as a Church that we are ''//ONE CHURCH expressing ourself in multiplying community based and focused Churches”
We value our unity as //ONE Church, yet we don't want to downplay the validity of each local gathering.
When one lands on the LIFECITY CHURCH website we can look confusing, not because it is inaccurate, but largely because superficially we can appear like a larger Church with multiple 'campuses'. Some people come from a large Church with multiple locations which are called 'campuses'. This creates expectation, that let's be honest we often cannot and do not always intend to meet those expectations.
At LIFECITY CHURCH we do not use campus, such is a specific and intentional decision. Our language not only reflects who we are but acts to shape who we are and will become.
In general society, the word 'Campus' is primarily associated with 'education' and infrastructure'. The Dictionary describes Campus as
Particularly in a City with a number of University Campuses it is important we clarify the difference between the Church and a University facility.
Campus is clearly insufficient to describe a community of believers that worship's God together, engage's his word, that spur one another onto the call of God.
What do we use?
Yep, Church, maybe casually 'gathering' or 'location' (for geographic reasons) but really Church is sufficient.
When Jesus said “I will build my Church (ecclesia) and the gates of hell will not overcome it” (Matt 16:18b) he used a word familiar to the greek mindset. If a Greek person were to read this they would “immediately think of the Ecclesia in Athens, the great gathering of the people. It expressed the operation of the self governing Greek state or City. A distinct assembly.”
A gathering of people with a specific purpose, the implication of such being they have 'come out' (of where they were) they 'come together' (physically and in purpose) and they will 'go out' in that purpose.
Ecclesia is the same word used in the Septuagint – the Greek translation of the Old Testament for the assembly of Israel when called together by God in places such as Duet 18:16. It is also the same word used to describe the Assembly of people that come together in The Great Theatre in Acts 19 to campaign against Paul and the Gospel.
Jesus, in using Ecclesia is immediately creating a 'counter' to other 'ecclesia's. HIS Ecclesia.
As the scriptures continue, the usage of 'Church' broadens from simply a localised gathering (1 Thes 1:1 1 Cor 4:17, 2 Cor 11:8) , to the unified believers in a City or region and ultimately to the Universal Church worldwide and throughout all time (Eph 1:22. Col 1:18).
It is correct to use Church to speak of the //South Church that meets in Namadgi School on a Sunday morning, the Church in Canberra (irrelevant of Denomination of tag) the Church in Australia and the Church Globally.
The Church is a community of people that are Christ's
The Church is a community on Christ's mission
The Church is a community that strives in the power of the Spirit to live according to the word of God
We are “ONE CHURCH expressing ourself in multiplying community based and focused Churches”
//Queanbeyan //South //City //North
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During the Christmas Holidays we have different service schedules and locations before re-launching our normal schedule in late January,
SUNDAY AM - 10:27am - The Loft - 35 East Row, Civic
SUNDAY PM - 5:57pm - The Loft - 35 East Row, Civic (except the 29th of December - no gathering)
Our Sunday PM Gatherings will be particularly relaxed with special Summer activities.
Our Normal Gatherings and times will be re-launching...
//South (in Kambah, Tuggeranong) on January 26th @ 9:27am - 141 O'Halloran Cct, Kambah
//North (in Kaleen, Belconnen) on January 26th @ 10:27am - 100 Alberga St, Kaleen
//Qbn (in Queanbeyan) on February 9th @ 4:27pm - 262 Crawford St, Queanbeyan
//City ('Church at The Loft' - which will run right through bar the 29/12) - @ 5:57pm - 35 East Row, Civic
on Sunday the 22nd of December we have //ONE Christmas Party in the Park!!! It is going to be a great time to relax as a community, celebrate Christ and community.
There will be a jumping castle, face painting and balloon tying for the kids as well as some other general community games. There will also be some performances and a free Sausage Sizzle (feel free to bring other additional food)
WHERE? Glebe Park at the Stage Area (away from the Canberra Centre End)
WHEN? Sunday 22nd of December @ 10:30am (with a Sausage sizzle for lunch)
WHO? YOU, YOUR FRIENDS and FAMILY - ANYONE :)
We look forward to seeing you there!!!
JOSH & ANGE
Hey, with the transient nature of Canberra there is a lot of need for accommodation.
If you need or have accommodation available post your need or availability here.
Simply post it in the comments and we will approve it. The purpose is to connect Christians with other Christians primarily in share house situations.
This service is only to connect people and can not guarantee the character or references of any applicants, all such responsibility lies with the applicant and present tenants/owners.
The core of leadership is example. A Leader should direct, guide, and instruct by talking, doing and serving. People will watch, listen and follow but it is positive Godly (The ultimate being Jesus) example that qualifies. Negative example will lead people astray from God.
1 Timothy 4:12 says "Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith, and in purity."
The greatest illustration of example is Jesus. He did not have a organization, kingdom or followers through an institution or position. He did not know anyone famous and didn't have anyone to promote him. He couldn't even use social media ;). Even though he was God in flesh, he operated through the power of the Holy Spirit as the Son of Man. We must remember that everything he did was an example for us. No matter the situation, with God on our side we need to be an example. Jesus is our great example.
by Kade Klemke - Global Gen Intern
In Luke 6.39 Jesus told them this parable: Can the blind lead the blind? Will they not both fall into a pit?
For me, vision is really important for leadership, because of the following reasons.
Firstly, motivation. There has to be purpose behind action. If you don't have a goal, or something you want to achieve, then there is no point of doing that. Life is too short to waste time bumming around hoping something will come out of nothing. People won't stick around for you if you just wait for something to come up.
Secondly, direction. A leader knows where the team is going. This helps when conflicts take place. If the team members don't share the same vision, then this will hinder the growth or development of the whole team.
Thirdly, evaluation. A leader needs to be able to pause and assess the progress all the time, making sure that the team is not drifting away from its initial purpose or vision.
Kiki Yao - GlobalGen Intern
Have you ever wondered what Joseph and David had in common? They were all servants before they were leaders!
Effective leadership is about serving first before leading. A successful leader would place himself in his team members’ shoes and understand what they have to go through. He would serve others before himself because he loves and cares. John Maxwell once said, “People don't care how much you know until they know how much you care.” A successful leader would know that his position is never about himself; instead it is about everyone else. When that becomes the priority, his perspective shifts from commanding to serving by example.
Jesus is the best example of servant leadership. He as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many (Mark 10:45). I cannot even fathom the immensity of how God the creator of ALL universe, came down to Earth as Jesus to serve us and to pay the price of our sins!
by KL Ho