Towards the end of 1995, Ps Sean and Lynda Stanton began to feel the call of God to make way for new leadership at North Shore CLC. Ps Sean told the church that, “I knew that God was leading me elsewhere.” Ps John and Anne Iuliano were invited to take on the role of Senior Pastors at North Shore. They accepted, arriving in January 1996 to a church quick to embrace its new leadership and their exciting new vision. Under Ps John Iuliano, then, plans for the new building were significantly redeveloped and the construction went ahead. Being completed in near-record time, our new church home was officially opened by Ps Frank Houston in August 1997 with a new name: North Shore CLC was now North Shore Christian Centre.
J. John has said of evangelism that it is like “giving out an invitation to a party that is out of this world.” A large part of the church vision here at North Shore has always been evangelism, as well as its ‘sister’ – church planting. It’s about expanding God’s Kingdom. The early vision under Ps Sean was to have at least one church plant out of North Shore by 1990. And we made it so. In October of that year, we had a team of 9 people pioneer a church in Berowra. Having since moved to the Old Hornsby Bowling Club, our first church plant – Breakthrough Church – is still going strong under the leadership of it’s founding pastors, Ralph and Narelle Estherby. Our commitment to Kingdom growth continued under Ps John and Anne Iuliano’s leadership; and in 1998 Carlingford Christian Church became our second daughter congregation. Ps Jeremy Hodson was appointed pastor in 2000, and their meetings relocated to Ryde. Also in 2000 another team from North Shore pioneered a church in Hornsby, headed by Ps Daniel Iannuzzelli. During 2001, church staff member Barbara Archer was released to co-pastor a church in Galston with her husband; then in 2002 Ps Gary Costello and his congregation at Concord joined the North Shore Christian Centre family. Twelve months later, Ps Ricky and Carol Tan felt the call of God to plant an Asian congregation in Sydney-city. Meanwhile, North Shore Christian Centre also continued to expand, and yet again more space was required. An extension to the building that would add another auditorium, more offices, a multi-purpose room and extra space for our children’s ministry was developed. In 2004 our extension was completed, and in 2005 the church purchased more land – the car park for $1 million – with plans to safeguard access, and to enable future planning.
In 1998, we adopted a fresh revelation on global evangelism and kingdom growth. The vision was to become a mission’s church, not just a church that did missions. To facilitate this, Ps Helen Rogers was appointed Missions Director: and in the past 13 years our church has given more than AUD $4.5 million in support funding, we have sent 40 of our members out as field workers, and – in partnership with Ps Lindsay Clarke and Metamorphic International – we have helped to plant over 10,000 documented new churches around the world. Further to this, we established a major outreach at home in Australia with the development of our television programme, LifeSource. Launching in October 2002, LifeSource has broadcast on Foxtel’s Australian Christian Channel, and on TVS in Sydney for the past decade. In 2009 LifeSource shifted focus when the production duties changed hands from programme founder Peter Sneesby to Shane Miller. The newly dubbed “LifeSource @ North Shore Christian Centre” began a concerted effort to “tell them through media”: most recently launching web-based LifeSource Minisodes. In 2007, our former youth pastor, Ps Darren McMahon, was released to begin a high school ministry that would “Help Young People Live Their Dreams.” He called this ministry Your Dream, and in the last 4 years over 400 schools and 400,000 high school students have been reached around the nation. ShoreCare’s impact upon our local community has continued to expand in the past 20 years, with millions of dollars given in aid, thousands of volunteer hours worked, and hundreds of local families receiving assistance with no expectation of return. One of the great initiatives conducted under the ShoreCare banner was The Rainbow Room. It was an avenue of support and TLC for over 350 local families who were caring full-time for someone (usually a child) with a serious illness or disability. More recently, we partnered with The Housing Connection (a community-based support service for local residents with disabilities) to offer free home makeovers to their clients, as well as providing a free weekly venue for music therapy. Also in the last few years, ShoreCare has partnered with numerous local charities and government departments to distribute hundreds of free Christmas hampers to families in our local community, and hundreds of gifts to children in need.
In April 2015, the church changed names to LifeSource Christian Church – a new name, for a new season of growth and expansion. With a new name, that is no longer geographically bound, LifeSource is looking ahead to expanding our influence across Sydney and beyond. We are also in the midst of prepartions to build the LifeSource Centre – a place for the local community to see their needs met.
Over the last 30+ years, we have partnered with God’s work in the local community – and consequently LifeSource Christian Church has become a church of significance. We stand amazed at what God has done in and through this family of believers, and for His unmerited favour towards us we give Him massive praise. After all, all the glory belongs to Him at the end of the day anyway. You will find that our people make this a friendly church that loves and serves the people of our city, our nation, and our world. And we hope you would consider joining us for some of the journey. Like we said at the beginning, if you thought that LifeSource was just a building, you’d be wrong. Our story – and our church – has only been possible because it is made up of people just like you. As we take aim at a bright future, our mission remains the same: we will continue to bring God and people together. And if you’re interested, there will always be a place for you to “love God, grow spiritually, and help others” with us. We believe that the best is yet to come for us here at LifeSource. Our church. Your church.