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Because Jesus wants to be with us in the ordinary stuff… It’s more than a Sunday thing, it’s an everyday thing.
The Inner West Church Story
Our story began in 2014 when a small bunch of friends began to gather around a shared love for Jesus and for the inner west of Melbourne. Out of that grew a desire to start a church where people could learn how the message of Jesus impacts the ordinary stuff of life.
In 2015 that small group had grown and Inner West Church was launched in the suburb of Kensington. Over the years God has formed us into a family who are growing in love for God, each other and our neighbourhoods.
We gather on Sundays around the Christian practices of hearing from the Bible, prayer, singing, and sharing the Lord’s Supper. During the week we live out our faith in smaller groups called Missional Communities, where we share the ebb and flow of everyday life.
Our hope is that everyone who calls Inner West home would encounter Jesus, learn how to follow Him, and, alongside others, serve His mission.
Meet the team.
I love the green leafiness of the Inner West! I love that people move here and stay here, while looking for ways to invest in the community. With more and more apartment buildings going up, I’m actually excited that God is drawing lots more people to our neighbourhood, with more and more opportunities to share Jesus with them.
Missional Engagement & Women’s Discipleship
I love the diversity of Melbourne’s Inner West. Even just among my immediate neighbours are people from six ethnic groups - rich and poor; young and old. As God calls a people to Himself from every nation, tribe, people, and language, I am so thankful to live in a place where I get a taste of that eternal reality now.
Cairnlea Church Planting Resident & Men’s Discipleship
Cairnlea is green, spacious and family friendly. People from all over the world come here with all their hopes, dreams and aspirations. The hope of the Gospel gives us confidence that all of our longings will be fully satisfied in Christ when his kingdom fully comes.
What we are called to be.
What is a Missional Community?
The Bible teaches that we have been adopted into God’s family through Jesus. This compels us to love and serve one another as brothers and sisters. We treat each other as children of God in everything — sharing our money, time, resources, needs, hurts, successes. We value knowing each other’s stories, and delight in sharing the family’s strengths and struggles. The best way to be in community is to live life together as God’s family.
Christians are called to be lifelong followers of Jesus Christ—this is what it means to be disciples. As His disciples, we are empowered by the Spirit to increasingly understand God’s Word, embrace the Gospel, embody our new identity in Christ, and obey Christ’s commands.
Just as Jesus was sent to reach us, so we, in turn, are sent by the Holy Spirit into our communities, to proclaim the Good News of God’s Kingdom. A witness is simply someone who experiences the love of God in Christ and goes out to tell others how this love has transformed their life. The best context for this to happen is in relationships;as we make friends we can invite them to encounter Christ in Christian community.
Missional Communities are small groups of Christians on mission with God, depending on the Spirit, showing and sharing the gospel of Jesus in everyday life.