What is Transforming Melbourne?

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.

VISION: To see the whole Church in Melbourne become a united missionary movement, working and praying together to bring the compassion and salvation of Jesus to every people group and see our City Transformed.  This vision is encapsulated in the motto:

 

Transforming Melbourne "through the unity, servanthood and prayer of the Whole Church”

 

KEY VALUES: The key values that underpin the vision are:

  • Servanthood and humility

  • Prayer

  • Unity

STRATEGY: A Strategic Approach

We will communicate and impart our vision to the Church at large in Melbourne through these key strategic approaches.

  • Promoting the unity and renewal of the whole Church and its ministry to our city.

  • Working with local pastors' to encourage relational unity between them in each of the 31 local cities of Melbourne.

  • Working to raise the level of prayer across the Church - especially sustained, united prayer.

  • Undertaking research to identify issues impacting the Church in Melbourne.

  • Communicating the vision and activities of Transforming Melbourne to individual Christians in Melbourne who are committed to the unity of the “Whole Body” and a transformed community.

  • Develop the administration and support for T/M ministry 

The name "Transforming Melbourne" was introduced in 2001 with the second 40 days of Prayer and Fasting for our city.  (The first "40 days" in 2000 was under the name “Love Melbourne” when a few hundred people joined in the fast). 

Since then under the new name, thousands of Christians and churches from most denominations have joined in praying and fasting and the wider activities of this movement. "Transforming Melbourne" is now the name and the vision for this movement.  

Those involved include: Melbourne Pastors Network, Awakening, Intercessors for Melbourne, other organisations promoting prayer, and Christians of many denominations and local pastors and churches in every area of Greater Melbourne. 

OBJECTIVES

1.      NETWORK PASTORS

* Foster Pastors Networks in 31 Local Cities of Melbourne: working with pastors of all denominations to build unity in relationships and prayer and to adopt the vision of being "One Church to pastor our whole city".

* Organise the Melbourne Pastors and Leaders Prayer Summit: an annual 4-day time of prayer, worship and ministry for pastors and leaders of all denominations to seek God together and bring renewal of personal faith and vision for local and citywide ministry as One Body.

* Communicate with Heads of Churches and leaders of Christian Ministry Organisations to promote and support the vision of being One Church to reach the City.

* Maintaining a database of churches, pastors and key Christian leaders, and providing regular contact through leaders emails.

2.      DEVELOP A CITYWIDE PRAYER MOVEMENT

* Initiate and coordinate the “TRANSFORMING MELBOURNE” movement of prayer

 -  Organising 40 Days of Prayer and Fasting for Melbourne and each local city

 -  Fostering regular combined church prayer meetings in every local city

 -  Encouraging research of local community resources, needs and problems to allow focused prayer and to develop expectation of measurable answers to prayer

* Discover, work with and build an awareness of the many independent prayer activities and organisations, to encourage cooperation and unity in prayer across the city

3.      DEVELOP COMMUNICATION FOR THE CHURCH IN MELBOURNE

Develop an awareness and potential of the One Church through:

* The “TRANSFORMING MELBOURNE” website and regular E-Letters, to inform and inspire Christians across the city with what God is doing, how to be part of the movement to see our city transformed and resources on unity, prayer and other key issues for pastors and leaders.


* The "Melbourne Christian Events Calendar", and a "Directory of Christian Ministry Organisations" and other resources available on the website

4.     CATALYSE NETWORKS OF INDIVIDUALS AND GROUPS WITH SIMILAR GOALS

* Christian Business Network (Now led by Aust. Marketplace Connections): networking the many Christian groups meeting across the city, encouraging Christians to see their workplace as a place of ministry (sacred, not secular), training Christians for leadership in business and politics, intentional outreach in the marketplace (Business Alpha, etc).


* Multicultural Network: fostering intentional inclusion of people of all cultures and ethnic groups in the life and leadership of local churches.  Supporting and encouraging pastors of ethnic churches to feel included in the wider Body of the Church.

* Youth and Children's Ministry Networks:  gathering together those working to reach the one million Under-30s in Melbourne outside the Church.  Involves the youth and children's directors of denominations and leaders of organisations involved in youth and children's ministry working strategically together to reach their generation for Christ.

* Other Strategic Networks:  there is great value in having Christians in the main sectors of society relate and work together to bring intentional Christian influence and leadership in their sector.  Eg: Education, Health and Welfare, Law and Government, Media, Entertainment and Sport. A number of sectors have such networks. There is a vision to bring representatives of each sector together in an annual "Citywide Strategic Roundtable" 

5.     RESEARCH THE HISTORY AND PRESENT SITUATION OF THE CHURCH

* Rediscover and communicate the Christian foundations of Melbourne
 -        the contribution of the Church to founding the many social institutions
 -        the Christian principles that are the foundations of our society

* Rediscover how God has touched our cities and nation in the great revivals

* Be aware of how much the Church contributes to the social welfare of the community.  Knowing our Christian Heritage builds faith and inspires boldness in our stand for Christ.  If we don’t know this information, we can be sure the rest of society won’t.  Without this information there is little reason for society to respect or retain the Christian values that are the basis of our civilisation, but which are now being eroded as irrelevant.  This process unchecked would lead to the collapse of social order, or systems such as “sharia law”. 

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Last Updated on Friday, 06 March 2009 12:18

 

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