What a phenomenal three days we had last week gathering with people from across Australia, New Zealand and beyond for our 2019 Network Conference.
Throughout the conference, a number of our church planting couples shared their journey and where God is at work in their lives and church. We know this was a wonderful encouragement for many and are excited to share more stories with you through our monthly church feature.
This month we spoke with Matt & Tash who planted Anchor Church in Sydney, New South Wales, they took sometime to share their story with us.
“Anchor Church began in January 2014 with 17 people praying in a small two-bedroom apartment in Erskineville, Sydney.
We began with a desire to see the city of Sydney come to know Jesus. We were struck by the statistics—over 4 million people that don’t know Jesus; over 60% of churchgoers over the age of 50—and we realised there is a desperate need for churches to reach the emerging generation. We had a vision of a church that would do whatever it takes to bring the wayward home.
As we shared our vision, God grew our team, and we began meeting in Gospel Communities scattered across Sydney. We started sharing our lives together as a family, praying expectantly for God to build His church. This cemented our foundations of being a church committed to living in community, on mission, for Jesus.
We had our public launch on 18 May 2014 and have been making disciples and multiplying Gospel Communities ever since. Today, we’re a vibrant community of over 250 adults and kids, meeting across two Sunday gatherings, and 15 Gospel Communities.
As a church with a strong desire to see people who are far from God brought near, we were drawn to Acts 29 for its focus on cultural engagement, missional innovation, and relevant preaching. We also loved Acts 29’s emphasis on Spirit-led mission. We also really appreciated the relational nature of Acts 29. We wanted brothers and sisters who were in the trenches of church planting alongside us cheering us on!We’re so thankful to God for what he’s doing at Anchor! God is transforming lives as we learn to love and live like Jesus. Many are experiencing genuine community as we share life together as a family of missionaries in Gospel Communities. We launched a second Sunday gathering in September 2018 which is thriving as people intentionally reach out to their friends and boldly invite them to church. We have a healthy and gifted staff team who joyfully love and lead our church family. There’s so much to thank God for!
Please join with us in praying that God would keep us humble and hungry as we serve him and that we would have the joy of seeing many come home to our God and put their faith in Jesus. Pray that God would provide the resources for us to continue moving forward in what he’s calling us to, especially for a suitable building!”