God’s Word

We believe that the Bible is God’s Word. It is accurate, authoritative and applicable to our every day lives.

One God

We believe in one eternal God who is the Creator of all things. He exists in three Persons: God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. He is totally loving and completely holy.

Sin

We believe that sin has separated each of us from God and His purpose for our lives.

Jesus

We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ as both God and man is the only One who can reconcile us to God. He lived a sinless and exemplary life, died on the cross in our place, and rose again to prove His victory and empower us for life.

Forgiveness

We believe that in order to receive forgiveness and the ‘new birth’ we must repent of our sins, believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, and submit to His will for our lives.

Baptism

We believe that in order to live the holy and fruitful lives that God intends for us, we need to be baptised in water and be filled with the power of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit enables us to use spiritual gifts, including speaking in tongues which is the initial evidence of baptism in the Holy Spirit.

Our Role

We believe that God has individually equipped us so that we can successfully achieve His purpose for our lives which is to worship God, fulfil our role in the Church and serve the community in which we live.

Healing

We believe that God wants to heal and transform us so that we can live healthy and prosperous lives in order to help others more effectively.

Eternity

We believe that our eternal destination of either Heaven or hell is determined by our response to the Lord Jesus Christ.

The Return

We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ is coming back again as He promised.

Our Story

The story of Bringing God and People together.

 



Our Story

One may be forgiven for thinking that LifeSource Christian Church is a building. Much of our history has been defined in terms of the various premises around Chatswood that have housed us – and today we own and meet in a purpose-built facility. But we are more than a building. We always have been. We are the people – a family of believers that hail from over 50 nationalities that have been “bringing God and people together” for over 25 years. And this is our story

Every Story Starts Somewhere

In 1985 the initial concept was to create “one church meeting in two locations.” In typical church plant fashion, we began in the school auditorium of Willoughby Girls High School with plastic folding chairs for the adults, a play mat down the back for the kids, and some borrowed sound equipment. Of those North Shore residents who had been attending Christian Life Centre Sydney (now known as Hillsong Church, City Campus), one hundred and sixty people launched out to form the core of this new congregation on the north side of the Harbour. The inaugural meeting at the High School was on Sunday 3rd March 1985 with CLC Sydney’s Senior Pastor Frank Houston coming to lead proceedings for the first month. A support team from the city church – musicians, a choir, and staff pastors Ps Paul de Jong, Ps Terry Appel, and Ps Sean Stanton – also came with him. Attendance grew rapidly, and it became apparent that the framework of one church in two locations wasn’t going to work for us: our congregation was destined to be a church in its own right. By mid-April we were hosting both morning and evening services – and on Sunday 9th June 1985, CLC Sydney adopted a hands off approach as Ps Sean Stanton was appointed to the position of full-time senior pastor of this new church: North Shore Christian Life Centre (as we were then known) was born!

Finding a Place to Call Home

Within six months our Sunday meetings had grown to more than 300 people, and by April 1986 the need for more space became urgent. As such our church moved out of Willoughby Girl’s High School to a leased premises at 35 Gibbes Street, Chatswood. Everyone agreed the new facility was fantastic. “Bumping” equipment in and out every week was a thing of the past; there was separate space for our children’s church; we had office space and meeting areas upstairs; we had room to accommodate some further growth; and to top it all off, the delicious aromas that wafted in from the Tip Top Bakery next door were an added bonus! With the increased building capacity, new ways to connect with our community could be established; our youth group started attracting large numbers of young people, and the new “ShoreCare” team began supporting people who needed a hand in the local community – with a shopping trolley at the auditorium door being filled weekly with groceries donated by our congregation. It was no more than three years later that we had to consider finding yet another premises for our church as we had again outgrown all available space. So, after much prayer and investigation, we embarked on a fundraising programme to purchase our own building in 1989. After a great deal of searching, a property at 171 Gibbes St was finally located, and plans for its purchase and conversion were undertaken. Having secured a lease-to-purchase agreement, we made the transition into this new facility in June 1992. With continued growth, we established a Sunday afternoon Korean congregation, hosted ‘Real Rock Cafe’ nights where we transformed the auditorium into a venue for Australian gospel artists such as Colin Buchanan and Catie Halliday , and started connecting with the elderly in local hospitals and nursing homes with our Chirpies singing group led by David and Denise Rogers. In yet another phase of transition for our church three years later, the door to purchase the property we were leasing was closed. Not knowing what to do – God proved to us that He would build His church! The Bible says that it is God who closes and opens doors: so it was with great joy that we saw the door open for us to purchase a 2,500 metre2 property on adjacent land just across Scott’s Creek at 175 Gibbes Street. Suddenly we were in a position to design and build new premises to our own specifications. In March 1995 our church celebrated its first decade in similar fashion to how we had started: in a school auditorium. During the planning and construction of our new facility, we held our church services in the auditorium of Chatswood High School. And just like the decade before, church as we knew it was about to change gear.




A Changing of the Guard, and Home at Last

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.

A Vision for Kingdom Expansion

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.

Loving God - Growing Spiritually - Helping Others

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.

Season of change

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.

The Future Beckons

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.

For God so loved the world that He sent His only son.

John 3:16