WHAT WE BELIEVE
We believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.
We believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, lived a cross shaped life*, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried; he descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose again; he ascended into heaven, he is seated at the right hand of the Father, and he will come again to judge the living and the dead. We believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy universal church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting.
* We have added in this line as we believe it bridges the gap between Jesus’ birth and death with a statement about his remarkable life as servant king.
THE 'GO' OF CHRIST
We acknowledge today that we have come together
to be reminded of the go of Christ.
So, we’ll go and feed the hungry,
We’ll go and clothe the naked,
We’ll go and fight for justice,
We’ll go and end oppression,
We’ll go and proclaim anew the old old story,
We’ll go and reach those who are running from God and God’s Church,
We’ll go and associate with those who don’t look like us, talk like us, don’t act like us and even don’t like us.
And we’ll do it all in the name of the one who sent us,
His name is Jesus!
Each week at Westcity we say the above paragraph as our benediction.
We do this because we believe that the purpose of the church is to be a caring community for the world. Because we believe we aren’t just called to make a living but to make a difference.
To be a city on a hill that can’t be hidden.
We also believe that as we ‘go’ and serve others we enter into Christ’s work of welcome, restoration and healing both for ourselves and others.
That when we come alongside those on the margins we see and encounter Christ.
WESTCITY VALUES & PRACTICES
At Westcity, as a Church we commit to becoming and being a community that is:
- Welcoming by finding ways to ensure people find their place and discover friendship.
- Inclusive by demonstrating wholehearted acceptance of others irrespective of our points of difference and challenge.
- Loving in overlooking offence, extending friendship, offering care and support, being truthful and practicing at all times the radical welcome of Jesus.
- Compassionate towards those less able, less willing and less empowered to represent themselves and their needs.
- Kind as an active practice of love; always putting forward and looking for ways to show people their value and worth.
- Peace-seeking in every situation (non-violent). This is not passivity, nor fight or flight, but the third way of fighting back with radical love that gives dignity to the oppressed while at the same time holding onto the hope of transformation for the aggressors.
These are the core values that we as a church community feel we must share in order to grow and function together as a body (albeit a flawed one), that seeks to be a healthy community of welcome, reflective of Jesus in all that we do.
At Westcity, the practices we have discovered, that help us to live as Jesus’ community are:
- Peacemaking (Anabaptist example)
- Sacramental (The table, baptism, washing feet)
- Charismatic expression (The Spirit of Life)
Click HERE (on the gold font) for a full copy of the ‘Westcity Way – Handbook’ (which contains a more detailed explanation on our values and practices).
Neil (Chiz) has been in full-time Christian ministry for 25 years except for a brief stint in business. For most of that time he served in various roles at Riverview Church, the last 10 years on the Leadership Team. He is passionate about bringing out the best in people, and challenging individuals and groups to be missional, not churchy, though he is convinced it is possible to be a church member and love others. He suggests it's possible, but all too often improbable, as loving others seems to have been distorted by a quasi-Christian focus on what might be called, well-intentioned behaviour modification. Instead Chiz advocates bringing to God and others everything he has been given, in service and deep spirited friendship. Hand in hand and heart in heart, in simple and gritty living and listening and seeing. He hopes that God, then, may be able to include Christians in his ongoing redemptive work.
Phil has been captured by the love of God seen in Jesus and has committed to follow Him boots and all. He used to think he was a big deal and his office contained many leather bound books and smelled of mahogany. He now believes Jesus is still the head of the church, directing and leading it and so sees his mandate as lead Pastor is to love and serve the Westcity community by pointing them to Jesus. By helping them get filled with Christ's resurrection life and by encouraging anyone who'll listen to love like death can't hold them back. He is married to Caroline and they have two girls who don't let Phil share any photo's of them on any media platform without first going through their publicist.
Kelley grew up in a Christian home and has never left her faith roots. This does not mean life has been easy nor the path smooth. However, it does mean that she has learned to lean into God through all of the challenges of life: building relationships, navigating disappointments, changing careers, raising children and living a life of vocation.
Now with three adult sons, working in international development with an Australian NGO, as well as leading her own overseas charity, Kelley is committed to bringing her everyday faith, love of God as well as her faith journey to the table when she speaks.
She has been part of the Westcity community since 2013 and passionately believes in the capacity of the local church to help, encourage and inspire people to live out a God-shaped life that reflects Christ.
Jon is a Jesus-follower although he will admit to not quite knowing exactly what that means yet. The stories of Scripture have always both confounded and inspired him. What Jon claims he does know is that despite all of the challenges that seem to be constantly on display, the story that lies at the heart of Christianity - the story of Jesus - has the power to bring life and liberation to every corner of existence.
Jon will tell you that he enjoys the journey and adventure of life too much to have all the answers. He has many thoughts and questions and his Sunday messages at Westcity are often a mix of humour and seriousness, joy and pain. Hopefully they are often a place where you hear some of your own journey reflected back to you and you can be reminded that you're not alone.
Jon hopes we can all go on: the journey of embracing God, ourselves, and the world in which we live. With all of its chaos, confusion, and profound beauty. Jon is married to a beautiful woman, Nina, and they have three gorgeous kids.
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Nathan has two gorgeous girls, Harriett and Gabrielle and a wonderful wife, Penelope. With qualifications in commerce and accounting Nathan has 16 years professional experience in investment banking, corporate finance, and most recently in the area of renewable energy.
Nathan and his family have enjoyed establishing roots at Westcity Church and placing God at the centre of their lives. They feel richly blessed, and that through the Treasurer role, this is one small way that they can serve God and the Westcity community.
Heidi loves God, people and is a follower of Jesus. However daily she finds herself climbing out of the driver’s seat to let Jesus back where he belongs. She knows and has learned through the ups and down of life that the only way to live a full and enriching life is with Jesus at the helm!
Heidi is married to Joey and whilst raising her four children she has completed post graduate studies in Employment Relations with the goal of completing a Masters degree in HR and Law after her children have completed school.
Heidi has served on the board of Westcity and Wembley Primary School for many years and does facilitation work with Peacewise.
Heidi believes passionately in Kingdom values which are at the core of the work she does in HR/Employment relations.
My wife Loris and I have been married over 50 years and have four adult children and seven grandchildren. Over the years I’ve worked in army, business, pastoring in Churches of Christ, in home aged care, and in cross-cultural mission in Fiji.
These days my life is less structured with more freedom to respond to whatever and whomever God sends my way. I try to be open and responsive to that.
I’m especially passionate about sharing life alongside others through intentional relationships like mentoring/supervision/etc or simply catching up over coffee, golf, or a wander on the beach near our home in Swanbourne.
Kelley is passionate about family and friends, lifelong learning, and supporting people in their life journey. She has been married for more than thirty years, has three sons, a daughter-in-law and grandson.
She has continued to study while working in many different contexts including teaching, elite sport development, small business, community services, church ministry and international development. It is this most recent role that has encouraged her to complete a Masters in International and Community Development.
Kelley loves combining this diverse life history with her knowledge of Scripture to communicate with people about Christ and serving Him in our everyday lives.
John is married to Elizabeth and is Dad to four teenagers and a pre-teen! He is passionate about and commited to his local community including the local Church.
He believes that we are created to worship a creator God and loves to do this through various expressions.
He loves sport and you can often find him on the sideline coaching or first aiding at his kid's games.
John is also a physio and can be found caring in many practical ways in Vic Park at other times during the week.
Steve is a married to Gillian and father of two teenage girls. He brings a high level of passion, skill and understanding in the area of pastoral care, education, youth work, chaplaincy and wellbeing, developed over 25 years through working across a number of related fields: youth ministry (church), youth work (para-church and secular), rehabilitation (community and aged care), education and public-school chaplaincy.
His roles have seen him both as practitioner and manager, in program development and service delivery, and at different times called upon to show effective leadership, supervision and pastoral care, mediation, conflict resolution, team and critical incident management.
Steve has also served on the Fusion Student Housing Service Advisory Group and as an Executive Committee member of the Australian Association for Pastoral Care in Education.
Phil has been captured by the love of God seen in Jesus and has committed to follow Him boots and all. He used to think he was a big deal and his office contained many leather bound books and smelled of mahogany.
He now believes Jesus is still the head of the church, directing and leading it and so sees his mandate as lead Pastor is to love and serve the Westcity community by pointing them to Jesus. By helping them get filled with Christ's resurrection life and by encouraging anyone who'll listen to love like death can't hold them back.
He is married to Caroline and they have two girls who don't let Phil share any photos of them on any media platform without first going through their publicist.
Kirrily Manning (Kilbane) is an occupational therapist committed to working out the teachings of Christ into her life. In 2018 Kirrily partnered with the World Federation of Occupational Therapy (WFOT) to establish OT as a profession in Ukraine. Since 2016 she has also been designing and project managing an OT skills training program for 100 doctors and rehabilitation workers in rural Vietnam.
Kirrily is currently the board secretary of ARCS (Adoption Research and Counselling Services) and has been serving as Chair of the Westcity Global Purse Committee.
Kirrily teaches at both an undergraduate and masters level at the school of Occupational Therapy, Social Work and Speech Therapy, Curtin University. She sees Community Based Rehabilitation, the rehabilitation of communities of people with disabilities in the developing world, as a practical outworking of the Sermon on the Mount; a loving and practical mission to enable the kingdom of Jesus to come in the here and now.