Central Church was planted in July 1997 out of South Coast City Church in Thirroul. It began as a sister church from Thirroul, and then in 1999, a church in Shellharbour was planted out of Central. Over the years since then, each of the churches have grown and developed and have become independent from one another. However, we remain linked through leadership relationship, friendship and a shared desire to be churches that are real and reach the average Australian person in our different communities across the Illawarra. Each of the three churches is now autonomous and unique in its expression of being God's people.
Our journey at Central since 1997 has been a challenging one as we have sought to establish ourselves, develop our vision and mission, and grow our leadership. We have seen God both bless us with growth and prune us down. Throughout the years our desire has remained to become a group of people committed to God, and to the unique style of church we feel called to develop.
As a church we are connected to Pioneer Network Australia a relational network of churches across Australia and New Zealand who hold the four core values of being: missional, relational, kingdom-oriented and Spirit-led. We are also connected to Pioneer UK.
We believe that our future at Central Church lies in deepening our understanding of what it means to be disciples of Christ. Our desire is to see every person who is connected to our church develop a deeper intimacy with God, realise their giftings and callings, and be challenged to discover what it means for them to become incarnational followers of Jesus.
As we journey in these things we see that Central Church will birth new expressions of faith and community as people discover how they can impact their world. We envision a church that is not confined to church events, programs, or a select few workers but one whose impact extends beyond these structured things into everyday ordinary life.
We believe that with our unique style and expression of Christianity, we have an unhindered opportunity to continue to plant seeds of the Gospel as we attempt new ventures, experiment, fail at times, but continue to honour God, serve Him with integrity, and allow Him to build His Kingdom through us.