About Partnership

We partner to continue a history in making a difference locally and overseas. 

 African church, Hunan province , China

African church, Hunan province , China

From the early days contributing to local Adelaide City Mission (now Mission Australia) and supporting global endeavours in Bolivia, Sri Lanka and Brazil, our commitment is to continue to go into all the world.  A summary of our partnership commitments are shown below.

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We have chosen to answer calling of the Word and proclaim the name of Jesus to all nations.  Having a heart and passion to go to the nations takes us to many places.  Our commitment is to send support, to pray and to remember those who go, but just as important is our willingness to go, serve and be in the nations. 

 Vellore, India

Vellore, India

 Taguig, Philippines

Taguig, Philippines

 Cebu, Philippines

Cebu, Philippines

 Suva, Fiji

Suva, Fiji

 Chitwan, Nepal

Chitwan, Nepal

 West Bengal, India

West Bengal, India

Purpose in partnership

Clarity of purpose can be conveyed through clear vision.  Clear vision should never be new of itself.  Rather, a clear vision reflects God’s given calling to another generation.  A clear vision should be obvious, connecting our past to a future that inspires and directs our present – all within our specific and unique calling of the Lord.  We are sent by Jesus to make a difference.  And making a difference in Christ means accomplishing more than we could dream, because He has gone before us.

"…anyone who believes in me will do the same works I have done, and even greater works...” John 14:12

Our partnerships therefore require faith, commitment and sacrifice.  We are clarified our hopes by stating our commitment to partnerships with a 5 year plan.  Our plan contains hope that encourages us to stretch in love, and to act with faithfulness to our calling.  Our partnerships call for open hands and prayerful hearts looking 5 years onward from 2018 until 2023.

But while we plan, we know that real life will challenge us, possibly requiring adjustments over time, so we trust the Lord for the right answers in all situations.

We can make our own plans, but the Lord gives the right answer. Pr 16:1
We can make our plans, but the Lord determines our steps. Pr 16:9
Commit your actions to the Lord, and your plans will succeed. Pr 16:3

Our plan is a practice of our vision.  We look to the Lord in order to take steps to follow Him in faith, now, and as the years unfold.  And we trust that these actions are committed to the Lord, and through His answers and taking His steps, we know that we shall succeed.

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Local Partners

Local Partnerships are groups, institutions and people we are committed to serving and supporting.  Local is our community, our city and our nation.  Our support is financial, participatory, and faithful in prayer.  Our hope is to let our light shine, and do whatever we can to make a difference.

Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.    Mt 5:15-16

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This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples. John 15:8


School Chaplaincy

Contributing to the support of local chaplains at Marden Senior, Glenunga and Marryatville High, and Burnside Primary School. Chaplains provide highly regarded pastoral care for students and families.

Prayer support and encouragement is essential and appreciated. Our partnership is with Burnside Inter-Church Council supporting Schools Ministry Group.

Rahab Ministries

Rahab Ministry outreaches to the sex workers across Adelaide and Australia, and has been going for 15 years.

Rahab is supported by our Church through giving, facility use and program support.

Evangelical Students

Our 2 year partnership with Warwick in Student Ministry is through Evangelical Students. 

Warwick commenced a 2 year ministry apprenticeship and works with university students in training and coaching.

There is an ongoing history of God moving through young adults and campus based ministry.

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Combined Christmas Endeavours

A key ministry of this partnership with Eastern Suburbs Churches is the annual involvement with the Norwood Christmas Pageant.

Our part also includes providing storage for equipment and props, and program support.

 
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Global Partners

For those who are called and sent out into the world, there are those who stay and serve the local Church.  But for those who stay, there is no less a burden to go into all the world.  While we have opportunities for short term ministry trips, our role is to partner,  to support, care, enable, encourage and pray for those who go. We call these our Global Partners.  We want to make the most of every chance to show our concern.   So join us in prayer, in support, in giving and making the most of our chances to help and make a difference.

How I praise the Lord that you are concerned about me again. I know you have always been concerned for me, but you didn’t have the chance to help me.  Philippians 4:10

 Childrens Home, Sri Lanka

Childrens Home, Sri Lanka

 Missionary training, brazil

Missionary training, brazil

Our two primary areas of Global Partnership are:

  1. missionaries serving in Brazil,
  2. contributing to a Children's Home in Sri Lanka.

WEC Brazil [Vicky & Tony]

Our partnership is with Vicky and Tony who work with WEC Brazil. A significant part of their ministry has been to train up missionaries and send them throughout South America and beyond.

Vicky was sent by Stepney Christian Church for missionary service, and continues to serve with husband Tony in Brazil.  When Stepney closed, Burnside became their home church here in Adelaide.

They have raised up a thriving church ministry, outreach into their community and unreached people groups, and minister in the missionary and bible colleges.

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Vicky & Tony [Resettlement]

At a date yet to be finalised, we want to be ready for Vicky and Tony to return to Adelaide.  Missionaries have no superannuation.  They go on mission, with or without support, but trust in the Lord to provide. 

In order to support their resettlement, we are putting aside funds to bless and enable the Alkmim’s to cover significant resettlement costs. This gift will be provided directly to them as local ministers of the gospel upon their return.


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Sri Lankan Children's Homes

Our partnership is with Sri Lankan Children’s Homes through Global Development Group.  We contribute to the support a girls’ home (21 girls) and a boys’ home (13 boys) directly, and through sponsorship.

The hope is for a self-sustaining venture through farming and education.  All children are displaced by the civil war and unrest, and referred to care by government departments. Children are educated within the community.

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Being Partners

The bible speaks about a freedom that challenges today’s Church – the freedom in giving. Fasting is a sacrifice of your need of food, and in part reminds us like food, how much we need God at work in our lives.  When was the last time you freely gave sacrificially?  Not from your surplus, but from an area you needed to give up or sacrifice?

All the believers were together and had everything in common.  They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need.  Acts 2:44-45

We are so blessed in Australia that our cultural thinking to giving tends to be within our means.  The bible doesn’t instruct you to be poor, but it does challenge you to have a generous heart ready to follow. 

Looking at the man, Jesus felt genuine love for him. “There is still one thing you haven’t done,” he told him. “Go and sell all your possessions and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”  Mark 10:17-31

It is easy to justify a misunderstanding of kingdom stewardship, but for followers of Jesus, sacrifice is connected to stewardship.  We ought to be able to freely give sacrificially as the need arises, trusting that our God will supply all our needs!  We the church are the ‘called out’ ones, a congregation of believers who are committed to doing life together and serving the Lord, having not only a strong emphasis of sacrifice, but a joy of sacrifice.  This comes from the freedom that exists when the Holy Spirit rules our lives.  When the Holy Spirit rules, we have a Kingdom or eternity mindset.  Anyone can give out of their abundance, but when the Holy Spirit rules, maturity in Christ means we are generous through sacrifice.  It is not about how much….but a commitment and trust to God first – shown through giving. 

‘…for they all out of their surplus put into the offering; but she out of her poverty put in all that she had to live on’  Luke 21:4

Share with us in a renewed calling to sacrificial giving in the area of missions, partnering together to make a difference both locally, and globally.  God will not forget your sacrificial giving – for treasures are laid up in heaven. (Mt 6:19-20)


I would like to be a partner

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