Why Establish HillCity Church?
To say that our nation Australia urgently needs the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ is simply an understatement. Our senior citizens have lamented over time about how they have seen the spread and influence of the gospel dwindle over the last few decades with grave consequences to our societal norms and values. Many people may agree that people need to hear about the gospel message, but far less number of people think church planting is the way to go.
You may have heard people say things like:
“Existing Churches have unfilled seats; let’s fill these seats first before thinking of establishing a new Church”.
“There are Churches already struggling to keep up attendance. A new Church in the community will only compound their struggles”.
These statements appear to be simple common sense on the surface, don’t they? But they actually have their foundations on wrong assumptions. We do not wish to deal with this issue comprehensively here, but we think the following article might help to throw some light into the issue.
Planting new churches has been described as the most effective evangelistic methodology under heaven – far more effective than crusades, outreach programs and other soul-winning initiatives.
Why is a new church needed in Perth, WA?
- In Western Australia (WA), there is currently only ONE church for every 23,000 people.
- On a given Sunday, over 2 million West Australians (of the total population of 2.45 million as at the end of September 2012) will not attend church.
- As at June 2012, Greater Perth was accommodating 78% of the state’s entire population. I tend to agree with those who say Perth does not need just “a new church” but that Perth needs “loads and loads of new churches”.
- Western Australia has continued to record the fastest growth rate of all states at 3.4%. Although more and more people are moving into WA, contact with the Church remains unimpressive.
- For God to have put it in our heart to plant this church in Perth, there must definitely be a need for it. We strongly believe that there are people in Perth whose lives would be changed forever simply because of HillCity Church being planted.
HillCity Church is a new church with a heart to serve God and the precious people of this city. You can become a part of the people that would execute this divine assignment by joining us.
We trust that through HillCity Church the people of this city will become passionately connected with God in such a manner that will cause them to want to attend church REGULARLY.
Why attend church regularly?
It’s been said that a lot of people in Australia basically attend churches three times in their entire life!
The first time is when they’re born to be christened. The second time is when they are married. The third time is when they are buried. In other words, when they’re hatched, matched, and dispatched!
This ought not to be so.
In Hebrew 10:19-25, the writer uses the phrase “let us” three times to appeal to the local congregation about being steadfast in their attendance to the local assembly or church. Not only is regular church-attendance vitally important to maintain good spiritual health, many side benefits have been linked to this godly exercise.
According to research conducted by Duke University, Indiana University, The University of Michigan, The Center for Disease Control, Barna Research Group, Gallup, Pew, and the National Institute for Healthcare Research, regular church attendance will:
- Increase average life expectancy
- Result in a healthier state of “romance” in most married couples
- Give you better physical health
- Reduce the likelihood that you’ll experience depression in life
- Significantly reduce your child’s use and risk from alcohol / tobacco / drugs
- Dramatically lower your child’s risk of suicide and for committing crimes
- Improve their odds for a “very happy” life
- Improve their attitude at school and increase their school participation
- Reduce their risk for rebelliousness
- Provide them with a life-long moral compass
- Statistically improve the odds that they will lead an active church life in their adult years
According to Barna Research Group, if a child is not regularly active in a local church by the age of 12, the odds of them getting active drops dramatically in their teen years and beyond.
Why not consider connecting with HillCity Church right away. We’ll be glad to have you join us.