WHO WE ARE
Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.
a small group of people began a three-month Bible study on the church. They felt after much prayer and discussion that the Lord had called them to plant a new model of church that was like the early church we read about in the book of Acts. This group began to meet in homes and various locations throughout the city.
By 1997, The Meeting Place (TMP) was a small, fledgling group that desired to see God move and began to cry out to God for help. Through God’s leading the church connected with Dave & Rosie Fellingham (Brighton, UK), and Don & Stephanie Smith (Eastbourne, UK). The Fellinghams and Smiths were both connected with a family churches called Newfrontiers (www.newfrontierstogether.org).
the church has continued to grow and mature. In 1999 we celebrated the purchase of 487 Brunswick Street, there are now many established areas of ministry (life groups, kids’ church, youth group, & Street Level) that are being overseen by emerging leaders, and God has provided an eldership team and a growing relationship with Jeremy and Ann Simpkins and ChristCentral Churches. In the summer of 2012 the church made the choice to change it’s name to Christ Central Church. This new name better reflects our heart and mission.
And they devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles. And all who believed were together and had all things in common.
1. BEING FRIENDS, ENJOYING GOD TOGETHER
We believe that the church should be marked both by friendship with Jesus and friendship with each other. As we partner together on mission we find comfort, encouragement, support, forgiveness, and can laugh and cry together and enjoy God’s grace even in the midst of great trials. Our friendships extend beyond our local church to other churches in our community and across the nations.
2. BUILDING CHURCHES EMPOWERED BY WORD AND SPIRIT
We believe that the church is a passionate community that is empowered by both God’s Word and His Spirit. As individuals we should live Spirit-filled lives and have the Word of God dwell in us richly. As we come together our desire is to both experience the manifest presence of the Holy Spirit in our meetings, working in us and pouring out His gifts for the common good, and faithfully preach, hear, and submit to the powerful Word of God.
3. ADVANCING THE KINGDOM, TRANSFORMING THE WORLD
We believe that the church is the vehicle through which the kingdom of God advances. More than just a community of believers, the church is the display of the manifold wisdom of God and a witness to the world that God is here among us, establishing His reign of love, compassion, justice, and truth. Our desire then is to see God glorified, the truth proclaimed, the poor served, the sick healed, the oppressed liberated, cultures transformed and every area of life touched by the gospel until Jesus returns to establish His kingdom fully and forever.
4. REACHING THE NATIONS, MAKING DISCIPLES
As a church our vision is to reach people in both our local community and around the world with the Gospel. We are able to carry this out through the nations coming to us and through us going to the nations. We seek to be a church that not only grows numerically and in maturity, but also in diversity. It is our desire to be a multicultural church where people from all tribes, peoples, and languages can worship the Lord together. We seek to be a sending church where leaders are raised up and sent out to Atlantic Canada and beyond to plant strong, healthy churches. In both of these things, it is our prayer that God would give us the grace to make His saving power known among all nations.
We are served by a team of elders who oversee all areas of spiritual, temporal and community life of the church. Our eldership team provides pastoral care, carries the main responsibility of preaching and teaching, and sets the vision, values, and overall strategy of the church.
Our current eldership team is Joe Crummey, Ben McGuigan, Oli Surgenor, and Mark Rushworth.
Along with the elders, we have many in leadership roles as coordinators, deacons, and pastors,