Who we are

Who we are

We exist to bring the light of Christ into communities; this is our mission. Through our local churches and care and support services we positively impact tens of thousands of lives each year. Find us.

Our identity

We are Churches of Christ. Our identity and purpose as an organisation is founded on the person and work of Jesus Christ. He is not merely a person of interest to us but rather our point of reference. We seek to model all of our work off the life, teachings and example of Jesus as found in the New Testament.

Churches of Christ in Queensland has been an active part of the community for more than 130 years. We have a significant presence in Queensland, Victoria and Vanuatu with over 200 services in more than 100 communities, positively impacting tens of thousands of lives each year. We operate a range of missional and community care services to assist families, the elderly and people in need through church communities and our care services.

Established in 1930, Churches of Christ Care is one of Australia’s largest and most diverse not-for-profit organisations, operating more than 190 services throughout Queensland and Victoria. Active in the areas of children, youth and family services; community housing; retirement living; home and community care; and residential aged care services, we provide Christ-inspired care and compassion to vulnerable people at different stages of their life journey.

Our other missional services include children’s, youth, women’s and second half ministry; chaplaincy support in community and residential aged care services; mission action partnerships; and global mission projects.

We exist to bring the light of Christ into communities; this is our mission. We strive to create an inclusive, caring, compassionate environment that meets our clients’ needs without discrimination or prejudice. Everyone is welcome to call on our help, regardless of religion, beliefs or background. Our services are funded by a mix of government subsidies, grants, donations, fees and charges.

Historical foundations

As we read in the Acts of the Apostles, the Christian church was called into existence in AD 30. Since that time there have been many struggles and issues. In the early part of the 16th century, Martin Luther protested against practices that had grown up in the Catholic Church, and he released the Bible and a new understanding of being ‘justified by faith’ to the world. Later, John Calvin stressed the divine sovereignty of God. John Wesley agitated for more spirituality in the churches. Around these great movements of God, great denominations grew, but so did divisive walls. As time went on, more and more splits occurred as people claimed authority and insight. By the 19th century there were hundreds of ‘denominations’ and groups claiming to be THE true church.

In the midst of all this, a movement emerged that centred on Christ and the Bible. The spirit of God was moving in the lives of many people unknown to one another, yet who shared a common sense that all this divisiveness was wrong- Christ had founded one church, one body with one mission. Their collective heart was to call on all Christians to unite on the basis of restoring New Testament faith and practices. There was a conviction that through this reformation, the church would be restored and reborn into what God intended.

Churches of Christ in Queensland is part of this ‘restoration movement’, which began around 1800 in the USA. Believers from various denominations began to come together with the goal of attempting to reproduce the essence of the church as presented in the New Testament. They saw themselves as a movement and had no thought of founding another denomination. They still had theological differences, but they insisted that this was acceptable as long as all beliefs were based on the Bible. A shared principle of the Churches of Christ movement was the saying from the Saint Augustine, used by John Wesley and other Christian leaders: “In essentials, unity; in opinions, liberty; in all things, love”.

Foundational principles

While Churches of Christ in Queensland does not have a set creed or written statement of faith, the following principles have been foundational to the movement since the beginnings. Early catch-cries are in italics:

  • Acknowledge Jesus as the only head of the church
  • Exclude sectarian names, using the title of Christian only

Not the only Christians, but Christians only

  • Use the New Testament as the only rule of faith and practice, not man-made creeds

No creed but Christ

  • Promote the rights to private judgment, liberty of conscience and mutual responsibility

Where the Bible speaks, we speak; where the Bible is silent, we are silent; in all things grace and liberty

  • Faith is available to anyone who chooses to believe
  • Make Christian character the only real test of membership and fellowship
  • Practise believers’ baptism
  • Observe the Lord’s Supper weekly

All who love the Lord are welcome at the Lord’s table

  • Establish congregational government, plurality of elders, the rights of lay leaders to lead, and congregational cooperation and support

                The priesthood of all believers

  • Work towards the union of all followers of Christ so that the world will believe.

Our mission

When asked what the greatest commandment was, Jesus responded as follows:

“‘Love the Lord your God with all your passion and prayer and intelligence’. This is the most important, the first on any list. But there is a second to set alongside it: 'Love others as well as you love yourself.' These two commands are pegs; everything in God's law and the prophets hangs from them.” (from Matthew 22:37-40 in The Message).

Jesus also gave this great commission to his followers: 

“Go out and train everyone you meet, far and near, in this way of life, marking them by baptism in the threefold name: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Then instruct them in the practice of all I have commanded you. I'll be with you as you do this, day after day after day, right up to the end of the age." (from Matthew 28:18-20 in The Message). 

Our mission is to do these three things, expressed as Bringing the light of Christ into communities.

 

Our strategic priorities

  • Build the Kingdom of God
  • Lead in serving the community
  • Innovate and improve
  • Build our culture
  • Develop our people
  • Provide the right support
  • Manage well

To read more about our strategic goals, read our Strategic Plan 2015-18.

Values and culture

Our Values in action

As our name implies, ‘Churches of Christ’ is founded on the teachings and values of Jesus Christ who calls on every one of us to individually and collectively be a light in the world through the expression of His love. He calls us to work together as one body in serving others, and to see this not just as something we do, but as a way of life. Flowing from this understanding of who we are, and what we stand for as an organisation, is a commitment to these core Values:

Unconditional Love

  • We accept and reach out to people whatever their circumstances.

Continual Innovation

  • We constantly seek new and betterways of doing things.

Mutual Trust

  • We relate with honesty, respect and consistency.

Wise Stewardship

  • We are accountable in managing our people and our resources wisely.