BECAUSE EVERY PERSON NEEDS TO KNOW
HOW MUCH JESUS LOVES THEM
FOR THIS IS HOW GOD LOVED THE WORLD: HE GAVE HIS ONE AND ONLY SON, SO THAT EVERYONE WHO BELIEVES IN HIM WILL NOT PERISH BUT HAVE ETERNAL LIFE.
Calvary Church exists because every person needs to know how much Jesus loves them.
Perhaps the most well-known verse in scripture is John 3:16, stunning in its simplicity, profound in its implications. “For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.”
Pilate had the message translated into the three languages of the day, Aramaic, Latin and Greek. In Aramaic, for the Jews who condemned Jesus. In Greek, for the citizens who demanded Jesus’ blood. In Latin, for the Roman authorities who sentenced Jesus.
On that day, by the command of a Roman governor, the good news was preached to all.
THE CROSS IS FOR EVERYONE.
Three days later Jesus rose from death, proving Himself alive over a period of forty days. In the final moments before He ascended back to heaven, Jesus gathered a small group of His followers: men and women, young and old, tradesmen and businesspeople, mums and dads, students and dropouts, and gave them the most radical commission possible. “Go into all the world and preach the Good News to everyone. Be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” (Mark 16:15, Acts 1:8)
Speaking to everyday people who’d never travelled more than a few hundred kilometers from their hometown, Jesus inspired them to believe to be used by God to impact their city, their nation, and their world. Any local church that takes Jesus’ command seriously will believe to do the same!
THE CALL IS FOR EVERYONE.
Through Calvary Worldwide our commitment is to help every person know how much Jesus loves them, both at home and abroad. In the pages that follow we share our plans to further the message and mission of Jesus through Calvary Worldwide initiatives and partnerships. We all have a part to play.
Together, we believe we can make a significant impact in our cities, our nation, and our world.
DUSTAN & SARAH BELL
/ OUR CITIES
The message of Jesus is for everyone, from people across the world to people across the street. The reality is, the cities in which we live are as lost as the unreached cultures of the world. Within a 50km radius of our Calvary campuses are suburbs, schools and university campuses where tens of thousands of people are yet to experience the love of Jesus. The mission begins at home.
Alpha is a short course that creates a space where guests can go on a journey of faith over multiple weeks.
Held in a relaxed environment over a shared meal, each session covers a key element of the Christian message in a way that is easy-to-follow and leaves space for people to explore their questions about life, faith and God.
Alpha began at a church called Holy Trinity Brompton (HTB) in London in 1977, was taken by Nicky Gumbel in 1990 and repositioned as a course for those outside the church.
Now, all over the world millions of people have tried Alpha, proving to be an effective tool to reach the lost with the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Over the last twelve months Calvary has delivered Alpha across a number of campuses, resulting in numbers of people saying ‘yes’ to Jesus and being connected into church.
It is our goal that in the coming 12 months,400 people who don’t typically attend church would complete Alpha in a Calvary campus.
Many families find it difficult to engage in a local church because the additional needs of their disabled child simply can’t be supported. Champions Club is a purpose-built children’s ministry program and environment which provides inclusion for children with additional needs, empowering them to grow in faith and their families to find community.
Champions Club will be launching in our Calvary Sunshine Coast campus in Semester Two, 2021. Already, finance has been donated to fund the set-up expenses for Champions Club on the Sunshine Coast. As part of our Calvary Worldwide commitment, our aim is to fund the first 12 months of operational expenses as this vital ministry launches and expands its reach.
The majority of our Calvary campuses are located within close proximity to some of the most significant universities in our state. We don’t think this is by accident, but sincerely believe God has called us to reach thousands of university students for Christ, making
Red Frogs a strategic area of investment for our church.
Red Frogs is a proven vehicle through which Calvary has seen hundreds of university students connect into church.
We continue to see unusual favour on university campuses, particularly during Orientation Week activities.
It’s exciting to know
that the future law makers, business people and civic leaders of our society are finding Christ and a Christian worldview right
now during their young
Giving to Calvary Worldwide funds educational programs for school leavers, provides chaplains at at Schoolies, as well as numerous programs supporting students at university campuses in Cairns, Townsville,
Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast and Rockhampton.
MINISTRY IN SCHOOLS
To understand where a culture is going, pay attention to young people. Whether we realise it or not, cultural trends tend to emerge among children and teenagers. Our commitment is to resource ministry initiatives in local schools in every city where we have a Calvary campus.
Through Calvary Worldwide, we support Religious Instruction (RI) in primary schools, funding the provision of materials to engage in RI lessons.
A recent study presented by the McKrindle Research Group found that 54% of Christians in Australia first said ‘yes’ to Jesus at age 9 or less, reinforcing the importance of RI and ministry to primary-aged students.
In the coming 12 months, our commitment
is to ramp up the influence of Calvary Youth in local high schools. Now more than ever, our church must be focused on reaching high-school-aged students, providing a message of hope and a positive alternative to secular youth culture.
Through group mentoring via Shine & Strength programs, seminars and lunchtime programs, we’re believing to help a growing number of teenagers find Christ and connect into Calvary Youth.
/ OUR NATION
AUSTRALIA IS A NATION IN NEED OF MISSIONS. TO THINK OF ‘MISSIONS’ AS SOMETHING THAT HAPPENS ONLY ON FOREIGN SOIL IS TO MISS THE OPPORTUNITIES AND URGENT NEED FOR THE GOSPEL ON OUR OWN SHORES. FROM EQUIPPING FIRST NATIONS BELIEVERS, TO CHURCH PLANTING, TO INFLUENCING THE DIGITAL SPACE, WE HAVE A WORLD OF OPPORTUNITY
IN OUR OWN BACKYARD.
FIRST NATIONS COMMUNITIES
More than half of all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people identify as Christian. While this is encouraging, much more can be done to reach and equip First Nations communities with the gospel.
Through Calvary Worldwide, we resource three streams of mission for First Nations communities.
Firstly, Calvary is partnering with The Bible Society to join Indigenous Christians in their mission to share the Good News to their communities. Our Indigenous brothers and sisters have identified that not having the Bible in their heart language creates a barrier to fully expressing their faith. But reading the Bible in their heart language brings a closer connection with God, and an excitement to share the gospel.
Through our partnership with The Bible Society, Calvary Worldwide is helping to fund the translation, printing
and distribution of God’s Word and discipleship materials, with a focus on the state of Queensland.
Secondly, through Calvary Leadership College, we are providing scholarships for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants to be trained for ministry and leadership in our 2022 student cohort. The most important investment we can make today is into the hearts and minds of tomorrow’s leaders.
Thirdly, we provide limited discretionary funding for our campus ministry teams to partner with local Indigenous initiatives which are making a difference in their community.
PLANTING CALVARY CAMPUSES
Theologian and missiologist Peter Wagner wrote, “Planting new churches is the most effective evangelistic methodology known under heaven.”
Over the past ten years Calvary has expanded from a single site in Townsville, to eight sites in cities across Australia and South Africa. With an eye to the future, we have begun saving for the launch of future Calvary campuses in Australia, South Africa and abroad.
Already, our Calvary Eldership group is actively praying and planning future Calvary locations as the first step toward our ongoing commitment to planting
PIONEERING CALVARY LOCALS
According to Australian Government data, 7 million people – about 28% of the Australian population – live in rural and remote areas. Sadly, many of these areas are without vibrant church communities, leaving countless towns without a dynamic gospel witness.
As a multi-site church facilitating services onsite and online, Calvary produces a wealth of ministry resource which can be delivered into regional communities.
We see an opportunity for a new type of church planting, reaching our rural and remote towns. Introducing, Calvary Locals.
By streaming preaching and worship content into local facilities, Calvary Locals provide a method by which we can establish a life-giving local church witness in regional communities, without the need to employ full-time vocational pastors. Our first Calvary Local will launch in Blackwater, approximately 100km from Emerald. Since April 2021, Connect Groups have met in Blackwater, forming a core group of people from which we will launch Calvary Local Sunday service gatherings in late 2021.
Giving to Calvary Worldwide funds the purchase of start-up equipment and resources to kick start Calvary Locals in rural communities within proximity of existing Calvary campuses.
EXPANDING CALVARY ONLINE
Over the past six years Calvary has streamed online church services, primarily for the purpose of retaining connection with people unable to attend onsite services for work or health reasons.
With the shutdowns resulting from Covid-19, Calvary online services were ramped up resulting in many previously unreached people connecting with church. Weekly, our pastoral team learn new stories of people who first connected with Calvary via an online service, have come to faith in Christ, and are now integrating into Calvary onsite services in one of our eight locations.
Calvary online is one of the most exciting evangelism and integration opportunities at our disposal. Already, online services have become an integral part of our strategy to reach people and plant campuses.
/ OUR WORLD
THE MISSION OF THE CHURCH IS NOTHING LESS THAN BRINGING THE ENTIRE WORLD TO CHRISTIAN FAITH AND MATURITY. BY EMPOWERING THE MINISTRY OF OUR CALVARY FAMILY IN SOUTH AFRICA, AND FORMING STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIPS WITH LIKE-MINDED MINISTRIES, WE ARE ABLE TO EXPAND AND STRENGTHEN THE REACH OF THE GLOBAL CHURCH.IN OUR OWN BACKYARD.
STRENGTHENING THE PERSECUTED CHURCH
In places like Iraq, North Korea, Afghanistan, and Syria, Christians face persecution and discrimination for following Jesus. They are denied access to jobs and education, excluded from aid and community resources, abused, attacked, and even killed.
Since 1955, Open Doors has been helping people follow Jesus all over the world, no matter the cost. Open Doors doesn’t work to end persecution. Instead, they strengthen the persecuted church in over 70 of the most dangerous countries to be a Christian, helping the local church survive and thrive so that they can proclaim Jesus’ name to the nations.
Calvary is partnering with Open Doors to strengthen the persecuted Church through the ‘Hope for the Middle East’ initiative. This project will help Christians remain in places like these that most desperately need to know Jesus and find strong community. Through our partnership with Open Doors, we can make a difference for those who have lost everything to war and persecution, equipping the local church to be a source of light in their communities, countries,
and their region.
Through Calvary Worldwide, our generosity impacts countless lives, equipping Middle Eastern believers to faithfully remain in communities that desperately need the light and hope of Jesus by providing:
// Safe access to community facilities, including water and electricity
// Job-provision programs
// Marriage courses and youth activities
// Discipleship for new believers
// Practical aid and outreach through Centres of Hope
LIVING WATERS BORNEO
In January 1995, Ronny and Kay Heyboer were sent from Calvary Townsville to pursue their vision of making life better for the underprivileged children of Borneo. Borneo is home to more than 14 million people, many of its children subject to poor living standards, with little or no access to health facilities
Many children are malnourished and neglected, suffering from preventable diseases such as tuberculosis, malaria and typhoid. At a young age children leave home in search of work to pay for food, living costs and a possible education.
Ronny and Kay were so moved with the plight of Borneo’s children that they established the Living Waters Village, in the West Kalimantan region. Since pioneering twenty-five years ago, Living Waters has grown to consist of over 300 hectares (700 acres) of land in the dense jungle of Borneo, providing help to more than 1,000 children.
Living Waters provides education to more than 700 primary and secondary-aged children through its onsite training and skills centre, with a vision to increase to 2,000 students. The site also features a worship centre, workers’ and teachers’ accommodation, a medical clinic, bakery, nursery and ministry college.
Through Calvary Worldwide we continue our commitment to partner with Living Waters to provide care, security, education and hope to Borneo’s children.
CALVARY CARE EAST LONDON
In 2018, Calvary established our eighth campus in the South African city of East London. Since that time the campus has experienced rapid growth and now, multiple thousands of people call Calvary ‘home’ in East London.
Within a 15km radius of our Calvary East London campus are tens of thousands of people in need of essentials, such as access to adequate food supply, shelter and skills development opportunities. The effect of the Covid-19 pandemic has only compounded this challenge for these communities.
As East London emerges from the effects of long-term lock downs, we want to ensure our Calvary East London team are resourced and ready to provide practical care
to people in the vicinity of our church.
Through Calvary Worldwide we are able to resource this vital work, equipping our East London church family to be the hands and feet of Jesus in their city.