Developers have realised that the heart of new suburbs is much deeper than just the community infrastructure; it is found in the meaningful connections between residents and new-found friends. Local churches in particular are called to bring a positive contribution towards a meaningful community life in the name of Jesus.
Healthy Vibrant Communities Ltd (HVC) seeks to address the needs of these new communities in their collaborative work with developers, funders, local churches and professionals.
HVC uses principles learned by CrossLife, a baptist church in Queensland, (crosslife.org.au) led by their Lead Pastor Matt Hunt. Since 2012, CrossLife developed two community venues, Lakeside and The Well, while at the same time establishing three church campuses across these sites.
The goal of HVC is not to replicate ‘little CrossLifes’, but rather to apply CrossLife’s experiences and lessons learned for the growth and benefit of other churches and new suburbs around the nation.
HVC exists to develop and harness a network of people from four key stakeholders that are needed in the establishing and management of local church owned community centric venues:
- local churches,
- other business professionals
- and funders.
HVC is a delegated body of Australian Baptist Ministries (baptist.org.au). HVC and its sponsors will not limit its work to baptist churches alone. Our heart and vision is for the kingdom of God to be present in every second new suburb in Australia by 2040: this vision will only be met with collaboration across denominational lines.