We are a church governed by a team of elders (Pastors) who partner with New Covenant Ministries International.
On the 28th January 2007, Mike and Bev Luke started (planted) Nelson Bays Church in the Enner Glynn Community Hall. Three and a half years later, in August 2010, the church moved to its current location on 175 Quarantine Road.
On the 13th December 2015, Mark and Colette Meeske transitioned the leadership of Nelson Bays Church from Mike and Bev Luke. The leadership team includes two other eldership couples, Andrew and Margaret Bishop as well as Craig & Sonja Robas. The leadership team also includes a number of deacons. On the 24th February 2019, we changed the name of the church from Nelson Bays Church to Christ First Church, to better reflect who we are as a church, what’s important to us, where we are going and what we want to live in.
OUR MISSION STATEMENT
To build a New Testament church, made up of people who are passionate about Jesus, devoted to one another and committed to reaching neighbourhoods and nations.
Our desire is to impact our community and city with the gospel and then also to see the nations discipled. Our ongoing desire is to establish a community of friends who endeavour to serve the purposes of God in this generation. We believe in the “priesthood of all believers”, and are committed to developing and maintaining covenantal relationships one with another.
Our desire is to impact our community with the gospel of Jesus Christ, both through salvations and social action; but then also to see the nations discipled by planting New Testament churches, training and releasing large-capacity leaders, and bringing the whole priesthood to a place of liberty and effectiveness.
Our heart is to be a base church, where other churches and ministries can benefit from our resources. Our hope is to bring all of God’s people to a place of maturity, where we can be competent as ministers of His grace (2 Corinthians 3:6). We seek also to live out a “whole bible theology” where the truth of God’s Word is our final authority on all matters.
- Friendship before function
- Life before structure
- Reality before ritual
- Character before charisma
- Worshippers before workers
- Ministry before meetings
- Truth before tradition
- Commitment before convenience
- Giving before getting
- Going before staying
- Participation instead of spectating
- Wild but not weird
- A community, not a preaching centre
- Supernaturally natural and naturally supernatural
- All believer evangelism