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TODAY IS THE “STATE OF THE UNION” ADDRESS

Today I am bringing you a report of what this church has accomplished in the last year and what challenges we face and where do we go from here.

This local church was founded by myself and my family in 1994.

This church is part of the Pentecostal Movement of churches known as Christian Outreach Centre of which we are one of 130 in Australia and several thousand in 40 other nations globally.

The premise by which we came to Melbourne from Brisbane having worked for Christian Outreach Centre there for fourteen years was to establish and spread the impact of the COC movement throughout Victoria.

Later today we will present our Annual General Meeting in the Kid Town Room at 12.30pm where we will conduct the business of presentation of financial figures and elect representatives to administrate our finances and business over the coming twelve months.

WHAT WE CELEBRATE

This video presentation I have for you this morning shows many of the accomplishments of this church over the last twelve months.

HOW THIS CHURCH IMPACTS THE WORLD

LOCAL COMMUNITY OUTREACH

FOUNDATION YOUTH

Reaching high schoolers for God – growth of students to 80 members in 2013

RED FROGS – Uni outreach work

YOUNG MUMS PLAY GROUPS –

COMMUNITY KITCHEN – approx 5200 meals in 2012

Providing a place of love and acceptance for broken, lonely and disabled people in this local community.

MISSIONS WORK

DESTINY RESCUE – donations $17,000 in 2012

SOLOMON ISLANDS – This church has just recently taken up the vision of the COC Movement for the South Pacific. In the early days of this local church we supported many bible college students at the Solomon Islands who went on to pastor churches right throughout the south Pacific. Now we are recommencing our support there. I will be lecturing at the Solomon Islands bible school in July for one week.

– Donations $1400 so far this year

EGYPT COC – donations $1100 in 2012

VIETNAM OUTREACH – supporting a local church in Vietnam – donations $600 in 2012

CHURCH PLANTING

Three churches planted in 2012

South Yarra – AJ & Bronnie Masefau – donations of $16,000 in 2012 (7 people from PVC)

Kinglake – Ps Eric Abolins – (8 people from PVC)

Keilor East – Ps Pevise & Kirita Lui (11 people from PVC)

THE BIG PICTURE

Overall the vision of this church is to grow large to impact our local community.

STORY – JAMES BAPTISM

STORY – JADE’S TESTIMONY

We expect to make a significant contribution to reducing the incidence of family violence over the next ten years.

STORY – 100 INFLUENTIAL MEN

STORY – ART COMPETITION

We will buy land and build a community resourcing venue to seat 500 and conduct a range of strategies to impact the culture and needs of our local community.

The establishment of our BibleCollege – Plenty Valley Training Institute is an important step to realising many of our goals.

STORY – OUR INTERNS ARE GROWING AND CHANGING

As the State leaders our long term 20 year vision is to plant and resource 100 churches in Victoria.

STORY – IDENTIFIED 13 CHURCH PLANTER COUPLES IN VICTORIA.

THE CHALLENGES

We have two big challenges.

  1. We must reach more lost people.
  2. We must lift our income.

In the last two years we have seen more people saved and baptised than in all our previous years. This is truly wonderful, however we are only operating on about one cylinder out of 8. The potential within us to reach lost people is far greater.

Our strategies to reach people are clear.

We have three key strategies

  1. Invite, invite, invite. The power of an invitation. Using the printed cards available.
  2. Go into all the world – reaching demographic groups. – Children, Youth, Young adults, young mums, Police, business,
  3. Discipling lost people to become disciple makers. Through our Urban Connect Groups

WHAT AM I ASKING YOU TO DO?

Invite someone to church every week, if you’re in an urban connect group, get ten invitation cards from your UC leader and letterbox ten homes every week.

Support a demographic leader who is reaching kids or youth or young mums or women or guys etc. attend and invite someone to go with you.

Be part of an Urban Connect group where you will pray for lost friends and include them in special outreach events like dinners, picnics or movie nights etc. Let the team work of the UC work it’s influence to reach lost people then disciple them in the group.

STORY – A YOUNG MAN CAME TO MY OFFICE – I NEED JESUS

OUR SECOND CHALLENGE IS FINANCE

Our goal is to lift income to $5000 a week. We can do it! I believe our capacity is much bigger than what we give today.

 Speak to the Mountain.

Such financial needs are not uncommon to growing churches. All the natural factors play a part such as the economy etc. but in the end this is a spiritual battle, a faith battle, and God is expecting us to rise to the new challenge and overcome. That means not just breaking even but overflowing finances so that we can buy land and build in the future. This year I have received this verse as our declaration for the year…  Gen 18:14  Is anything too hard or too wonderful for the Lord?

Giving

WHAT AM I ASKING YOU TO DO?

I ask the members of this church to rise in faith with me to believe for increase and to lift our giving. Let us receive miracle finance and financial victories in our own personal lives and in the church. Giving is always about faith. Our goal is to achieve giving of $5000 per week on average. Even in times of so called economic downturn – God promises His people to provide for them if they walk in faith

 

  • Isaac planted in a time of famine and received 100 fold increase.
  • One day 5000 people sat on a hillside starving hungry. Jesus asked His disciples to feed them. They didn’t have enough so they did the smart thing – they gave what they had to Jesus and He multiplied it.
  • Our COC Church in Bulgaria was 90% gypsies who are extremely poor people, but when called upon to rise up in Faith, they took out their gold fillings from their teeth and paid for their church building with cash.

You may not be a financial contributor to this church – why not start today? Think of what you get out of this church. Your life is blessed coming here; you hear the word of God preached here, you see this church is making a difference in the lives of people in this community; so of course you want to support a Godly vision.

It’s time to rise up and choose to make a big difference in your own community.

What can you bring to Jesus today and every week?

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