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We Need Unity!

Any denomination, church, ministry or organisation that thinks they can carry out the work of the Kingdom alone has too small a vision of God’s Kingdom.

If God says He needs the whole Body of Christ to relate and work together then we certainly do!

Around the world and across Australia God is bringing His people together. There have been movements among lay-people to get together for prayer and a united witness to  their city and nation. In the past 3 years many more local pastors have started to meet together regularly to share and  pray.  Pastors, clergy, priests from different denominations and traditions are becoming  friends and colleagues and prayer partners.  Pastors worshiping and ministering together.

Barriers are being dropped as long-standing enmity, ignorance or division have been dealt with  through acts of repentance and forgiveness between pastors and even churches.

This is starting to happen in many areas around Melbourne, and in most major cities in Australia.

Melbourne Pastors Network


This is an initiative to encourage pastors to build relationships and pray together.
Initially this is to foster local and regional pastors fellowships.
It is expected that it will lead to occasional city-wide pastors fellowship meetings.
It is also hoped it will lead to consultation and a publishing of all major church events in Melbourne.

What Can We Do?

We Need To Be Intentional:

God's Holy Spirit is bringing pastors together, but we need to be taking our part.
This is a time to reach our to neighbouring pastors, clergy, priests.  Call in to meet them.  Get together for lunch and to get to know each other.  Take time to pray together.

Rejoice In What We Have In Common:

As God's people we have such riches in Christ that we share!
Let us focus on Jesus Christ, our Risen Lord and Loving Saviour and our common task to reach our city for Him.

There is so much to unite us in all we share in Christ and in ministry.  At the same time, let us recognise our diversity in style and emphasis all has a place in the Body of Christ.  It is good to be different - God planned it that way, and gave each of us, and each of our churches different strengths and ministries.  Let us value how we complement one another, and encourage one another in our common task in the Kingdom.

GOD'S VISION:  ONE CHURCH OF JESUS IN MELBOURNE TO REACH OUR CITY
The issue is NOT bringing all the churches into one big structured organisation, but to be a movement of many different churches and congregations, praying and sharing and serving together in love.

There will always be the ministry within the local church.  The challenge is to lift our vision beyond our own walls, to share together in the wider Church of God.

 

Welcome to  “Transforming Melbourne”  

Through the Unity, Servanthood and Prayer of the whole Church

for God to Renew His Church and Transform our City

  “Transforming Melbourne” is a Movement of Christians praying and acting together with the vision that God will renew His Church and not only bring new life to the people of our city, but transform its culture and society. 

INTRODUCTION

The ministry of Transforming Melbourne grew out of a conviction that the Lord's heart for the Church and His strategy for evangelism was expressed in His prayer in John 17 :

"that we would be one, as he and the Father are one, that the world would know who He is".

This has led to a passion to see the Body of Christ, including all denominations, relating and praying in unity with a common heart and vision to see the Church renewed and the Lord transform every part of Greater Melbourne. It began in 1996 as the Melbourne Pastors Network with a vision for "One Church in Melbourne with many congregations". and for the pastors and churches in each of the 31 local cities to meet and share and pray together.

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What People Are Saying About “Unity in the Church”

“Every kingdom divided against itself will be laid waste” - Jesus Matt. 12:25

“We need to move from a local church vision to a city church vision.” “We need strong preaching on repentance and forgiveness - repenting of isolation and independence in the church.” “Pastors sharing together is vital - but not just because it is the thing to do, but arising out of a heart for unity.” Ken Gott (AOG Sunderland, UK)

“The extraordinary results of the Portland Crusade can only be explained in terms of the unity and combined prayer of the pastors and churches across the city.” Billy Graham after the 1992 Portland Crusade

“The world isn’t looking for denominations. It is looking for a Church in unity. It’s only a body in unity and harmony that will win the world” - “Washington for Jesus” brochure April 96

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Our vision is to see the whole of greater Melbourne transformed by God. However a major focus of Transforming Melbourne is on local cities, because

  • The local city is where the Church is earthed to community
  • Pastors and Christians can relate at local city level
  • People can pray about the issues of their local community
  • The local city is where the Church can impact civic leadership
  • The local city is where the Church is most closely watched
  • Few Christians have a detailed knowledge of Greater Melbourne

And, if there is prayer for every local city, the whole of Melbourne will be prayed for.

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