About Us

Vision & Values

"Empowering everyone to walk with Jesus every day, to take the kingdom of heaven everywhere."

Our Vision

Our vision is all about God's mission. God's mission is two things: love Him and love people. This is also known as the Great Commandment and the Great Commission. The great commandment, ‘to love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul and strength and love your neighbour as yourself’ (Matt 22:36-40); and the great commission, to go into the world and ‘make disciples of all nations’ (Matt 28:16-20). 

This is what our vision is about. Loving God, and loving people by bringing them the gospel of Jesus, in word and deed.

We have a vision to position four church hubs in Melbourne strategically. NEWS: N = North, E = East, W = West, S = South. We aim to pioneer four Apostolic Hubs in Melbourne's North, East, West, and South. These churches are healthy and thriving apostolic hubs empowering and releasing future church communities. We believe that large and small church communities can have an extraordinary impact on society. We see our church communities in different locations having distinct expressions based on the cultural context and differences in each location and carrying the unique expression of that ekklesia. Empower Church is not a franchise model of church planting; instead, it is a movement of like-minded churches that exist to see societal transformation through the gospel.

 We see these hubs having many churches that they pioneer. Vibrant, Jesus following communities. Some large, some small but all impacting and influencing society for Jesus.

A CHURCH POINEERING CHURCH

Values

Our core values are what we are all about. They are not just what and how we do the vision and mission; they are a part of us. We often refer to our core values as our ‘Strategic Objectives’ because all we do is connected to these kingdom values.

Presence

At the heart of our faith and community lies a deep desire and value for God’s Presence. In all that we do, in all of our expression, we place a high value on the Presence of Holy Spirit. We are committed to creating a culture of worship, prayer, service, and relationship that is conscious of the presence of God.

Holy Spirit is our compass, guiding our steps and decisions and leading us towards God's purpose with an unwavering hand. His Spirit ignites our passion, drives our purpose, and illuminates our path. We believe in allowing the Holy Spirit to take the reins, steering us away from distractions and drawing us closer to the heart of God.

This guiding Presence teaches us to tread with faith, even when the path ahead seems unclear. It's the gentle nudge reminding us of our mission, the comforting whisper during times of trial, and the exhilarating force that fuels our worship, celebration and mission. When we gather, whether with many or few, we welcome the moving and gifts of Holy Spirit. Our clear distinction in this age as the church is His Presence.

We recognise the Holy Spirit's work in the smallest of miracles and the grandest of gestures. Our commitment to Presence means we are continuously in tune with this divine guidance, open to its revelations, and always eager to follow its lead.

For us, being led by Holy Spirit isn't a mere aspect of our faith — it's the essence. It’s the very air we breathe, the fire in our hearts, and the vision in our eyes. Embracing the Presence of Holy Spirit ensures we remain anchored to our divine purpose, continually seeking deeper connections with God and one another.

Formation

We are all about Jesus. Our ultimate aspiration is to mirror Him in every dimension of our lives, allowing who He is to be deeply rooted and formed within us. 

Discipleship, for us, isn’t just an event, a class, or a passing phase; it’s an inherent calling, an honoured position, and a way of life. It's not simply about absorbing knowledge but embodying the teachings and essence of Jesus in every thought, word, and deed. This transformation is ongoing, shaping us from the inside out and making us reflections of Christ in the world.

Being everyday disciples means we are anchored in daily formation. With each sunrise, we recommit ourselves to this path, learning not just about Him but directly from Him. It's a continuous process of alignment - learning to walk like Jesus by walking side by side with Him. 

Jesus depicted discipleship as not merely an exchange of information but modelled an apprenticeship. We believe discipleship/formation is best done in relationship, as Jesus modelled. It's a dynamic journey, an ever-evolving relationship, a process that goes beyond head knowledge to heart transformation. 

In embracing the value of Formation, we are saying 'yes' to the ongoing work of Jesus in us, committing ourselves to be both students and teachers of His unparalleled love and life.

Mission

God's mission is our vision. In God's mission, we find our true vision and purpose. The call to share His love isn't limited to specific events or occasions; it's the very fabric of our daily lives. We live on mission.

Mission, to us, isn’t an isolated act but a sustained lifestyle. It’s seeing the world through the eyes of God, recognising the opportunities He places before us in our families, amongst friends, within our workplaces and schools, and across the streets and neighbourhoods we tread. Every corner of our city becomes a vibrant field ripe for planting the seeds of Jesus’ Good News.

Mission is not merely an expedition we embark upon; it's the atmosphere we breathe, the ground we walk upon, and the purpose that propels us forward. Every interaction, every encounter, every moment is an invitation to minister and share the transformative love of Jesus.

In embodying our core value of Mission, we position ourselves not just as a church but as a pioneering movement. Driven by the heart of God, we navigate forward, ever eager to bring His light, love, and message to every soul we touch.

Community

God designed us not for isolation but for intricate interconnection. He envisioned us as members of a vast, vibrant family bound together by purpose, passion, and an inherent sense of belonging.

We firmly believe that the path of discipleship is best traversed not in solitude but hand in hand, journeying alongside others. It is through these deep-rooted relationships that growth is nurtured, faith is fortified, and the true essence of discipleship unfolds. The family becomes more than a mere group; it becomes the conduit for the flow of God's kingdom activities on Earth.

Our community, our family, is characterised by warmth, openness, and a heart that beats in joyful anticipation every time a new member is welcomed into our midst. We don’t just open our doors; we open our hearts, celebrating each individual's unique journey and the shared purpose that unites us all.

In championing our core value of Community, we are not merely creating a gathering; we are forging a family - a spiritual home where love is abundant, discipleship is relational, and every soul finds its cherished place of belonging. We are committed to every person finding love, acceptance, belonging and family.

Presence

At the heart of our faith and community lies a deep desire and value for God’s Presence. In all that we do, in all of our expression, we place a high value on the Presence of Holy Spirit. We are committed to creating a culture of worship, prayer, service, and relationship that is conscious of the presence of God.

Holy Spirit is our compass, guiding our steps and decisions and leading us towards God's purpose with an unwavering hand. His Spirit ignites our passion, drives our purpose, and illuminates our path. We believe in allowing the Holy Spirit to take the reins, steering us away from distractions and drawing us closer to the heart of God.

This guiding Presence teaches us to tread with faith, even when the path ahead seems unclear. It's the gentle nudge reminding us of our mission, the comforting whisper during times of trial, and the exhilarating force that fuels our worship, celebration and mission. When we gather, whether with many or few, we welcome the moving and gifts of Holy Spirit. Our clear distinction in this age as the church is His Presence.

We recognise the Holy Spirit's work in the smallest of miracles and the grandest of gestures. Our commitment to Presence means we are continuously in tune with this divine guidance, open to its revelations, and always eager to follow its lead.

For us, being led by Holy Spirit isn't a mere aspect of our faith — it's the essence. It’s the very air we breathe, the fire in our hearts, and the vision in our eyes. Embracing the Presence of Holy Spirit ensures we remain anchored to our divine purpose, continually seeking deeper connections with God and one another.

Formation

We are all about Jesus. Our ultimate aspiration is to mirror Him in every dimension of our lives, allowing who He is to be deeply rooted and formed within us. 

Discipleship, for us, isn’t just an event, a class, or a passing phase; it’s an inherent calling, an honoured position, and a way of life. It's not simply about absorbing knowledge but embodying the teachings and essence of Jesus in every thought, word, and deed. This transformation is ongoing, shaping us from the inside out and making us reflections of Christ in the world.

Being everyday disciples means we are anchored in daily formation. With each sunrise, we recommit ourselves to this path, learning not just about Him but directly from Him. It's a continuous process of alignment - learning to walk like Jesus by walking side by side with Him. 

Jesus depicted discipleship as not merely an exchange of information but modelled an apprenticeship. We believe discipleship/formation is best done in relationship, as Jesus modelled. It's a dynamic journey, an ever-evolving relationship, a process that goes beyond head knowledge to heart transformation. 

In embracing the value of Formation, we are saying 'yes' to the ongoing work of Jesus in us, committing ourselves to be both students and teachers of His unparalleled love and life.

Mission

God's mission is our vision. In God's mission, we find our true vision and purpose. The call to share His love isn't limited to specific events or occasions; it's the very fabric of our daily lives. We live on mission.

Mission, to us, isn’t an isolated act but a sustained lifestyle. It’s seeing the world through the eyes of God, recognising the opportunities He places before us in our families, amongst friends, within our workplaces and schools, and across the streets and neighbourhoods we tread. Every corner of our city becomes a vibrant field ripe for planting the seeds of Jesus’ Good News.

Mission is not merely an expedition we embark upon; it's the atmosphere we breathe, the ground we walk upon, and the purpose that propels us forward. Every interaction, every encounter, every moment is an invitation to minister and share the transformative love of Jesus.

In embodying our core value of Mission, we position ourselves not just as a church but as a pioneering movement. Driven by the heart of God, we navigate forward, ever eager to bring His light, love, and message to every soul we touch.

Community

God designed us not for isolation but for intricate interconnection. He envisioned us as members of a vast, vibrant family bound together by purpose, passion, and an inherent sense of belonging.

We firmly believe that the path of discipleship is best traversed not in solitude but hand in hand, journeying alongside others. It is through these deep-rooted relationships that growth is nurtured, faith is fortified, and the true essence of discipleship unfolds. The family becomes more than a mere group; it becomes the conduit for the flow of God's kingdom activities on Earth.

Our community, our family, is characterised by warmth, openness, and a heart that beats in joyful anticipation every time a new member is welcomed into our midst. We don’t just open our doors; we open our hearts, celebrating each individual's unique journey and the shared purpose that unites us all.

In championing our core value of Community, we are not merely creating a gathering; we are forging a family - a spiritual home where love is abundant, discipleship is relational, and every soul finds its cherished place of belonging. We are committed to every person finding love, acceptance, belonging and family.

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Our Manifesto

We have beliefs, expressions, and values that reflect our theological convictions. Some of these are captured in our manifesto.

Governance

Empower Church is a part of Australian Christian Churches. Please see the ACC’s “Statement of Faith"

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