Who are we?

Put simply, Christ Community Church is a church filled with imperfect people, transformed by God’s love, seeking to enjoy and declare the grace we have in Christ.

OUR PURPOSE

BECAUSE

– God, by His grace, has redeemed a people for Himself through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ

– Jesus Christ is supremely worthy of all glory, worship and the delight of all people

– God has promised that through His people, cities, nations and the world will be blessed

THEREFORE

We live to enjoy and declare the wonders of God’s grace in Christ for the good of Brisbane, Australia, and the world.

SO THAT

The surpassing riches of Jesus Christ will be enjoyed and declared by multitudes in our city, nation and world according to God’s eternal purpose.

OUR BELIEFS

That the Bible is the written Word of God, inspired by the Holy Spirit and without error in the original manuscripts. The Bible is our infallible and divine authority in all matters of faith and life.
That there is one God who exists eternally in three Persons — the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three are one in power and glory.
That all people are sinners and are unable to save themselves or even cooperate with God in an effort to earn their salvation.
That salvation is by God alone, who saves people by drawing them to Jesus by His Holy Spirit. He convinces them of their sin so that they abandon their present way of life and trust in Jesus Christ as their only hope.
That the Holy Spirit gives Christians the daily strength and wisdom they need to joyfully walk according to His will.
That Jesus Christ will return personally, visibly, and bodily to judge all mankind and to receive those who’ve trusted in Him.
A full expression of our doctrine is found in the Westminster Confession of Faith.

OUR VALUES

The gospel as the foundation for our relationship with God and people

The gospel not only leads us to Christ but also carries us on with Him. This good news tells us that we are eternally loved and accepted by God through faith in Christ; therefore, we are able to love and accept others. The cross destroyed the barriers that held people at bay with God and each other. Our church desires to be a safe home where the love of God is demonstrated to one another.

Teaching that is Christ-centred and culturally appropriate

The gospel gives us relevant and redemptive truths to teach. The person and work of Jesus is a powerful message for the Christian and the seeker, so grace will be our constant theme. We will teach the Bible with confidence that God will continually renew us through His Word as we respond in faith and obedience.

Decentralised ministry philosophy

The gospel grants us the privilege of ministry. Recognising each member’s unique contribution to the body of Christ, we will equip people and encourage the use of their individual gifts for the corporate good. We desire to see all members labouring together.

strategic risk taking

The gospel empowers us to be uncomfortable. We are to be boldly stepping out in faith, aggressively using our gifts and resources to advance the gospel in Brisbane. The gospel empowers us to shake off our complacency and to expectantly attempt great things that only the power of God can accomplish.

life-on-life ministry model

The gospel moves us to serve as representatives of Christ. Jesus left for us a model of ministry for the extension of His kingdom. This model was multiplying in purpose and personal, intentional, and equipping in nature. We desire our church to be characterised by a commitment to life-on-life discipleship.

Wholeheartedness in corporate and private worship

The gospel leads us to personally know God in deep and meaningful ways. God is primarily concerned with the condition of our hearts as we worship Him. Our pursuit of God is to mirror His passionate pursuit of us.

growing leadership and ministries from within

The gospel enables us to trust the Lord to raise up leadership and ministry opportunities. Leadership and ministries are most effective when they are developed from within. The continuation of our vision will only be as successful as our commitment to this value.

being kingdom focused

The gospel draws us to affirm all work done for the kingdom of God. It calls us away from self-interest in our relationship with other Christian churches or ministries. We desire that the bounds of our fellowship not be determined by peripheral convictions but by the central truths of the gospel.

posture of gratitude

The gospel reminds us of our sinful condition and of God’s saving grace. Life is to be lived with the knowledge of God’s sovereignty in all things. This leads us to live life with gratitude regardless of circumstance because God is devoted to our good.

lifestyle of prayer

The gospel has made God accessible through prayer. The strength of our ministry is dependant upon God and will parallel the strength of our prayer life. We will be a people whose passion is to rest in the intimate embrace of our Father through prayer.

OUR STAFF

PETER BRADBURY

PASTOR

Pete is thankful that God is merciful. Even though Pete has rebelled against God, he is blown away that Jesus took the punishment for that rebellion. He is even more amazed that he doesn’t have to do anything to earn God’s forgiveness, but simply trusts that Jesus paid the price on the cross. Pete reckons it is a privilege to teach people about Jesus and is passionate about helping people respond to the wonders of God’s grace in Christ. Pete is married to Carly and has four children.

KARL PACHOLKE

PASTOR

Karl’s heart has been captured by the love of Jesus, who was prepared to lay His own life down for rebels and ragamuffins like himself. He now labours to help others discover and grow in following this radically gracious God. Karl enjoys spending time with his wife Jenny, his three sons and one daughter, sharing a meal with friends, watching a good movie and playing pretty much any sport.

ANDREW FAULKNER

PASTOR

Andrew is still astounded by God’s grace to us in Christ. Even though he had heard about Jesus from the earliest years of his life, it was only in 2009 that he really came to understand the need for God’s mercy, and grasp what Jesus had done for him. His heart is still touched by a line in a song he sang on his first Sunday back in church: “As I stand here face to face, with a God of grace and mercy, you’re the one who took my place, set me free.”

These days, Drew delights in helping others find the forgiveness, freedom, purpose, assurance and joy that is only available in Christ. He is married to Debb, and loves spending time with her and his three kids, Mitch, Millie & Rachael. He’s also a Broncos fan, a keen ping pong player, a reluctant but improving cyclist, and a raving fan of the kebab shop he’s discovered opposite our church office.

REBEKAH HOWARTH

WOMEN

Bek loves working with women by pointing them to what Jesus is doing in their lives, and the lives of those around them, by His Spirit. She wants them to know who His is, that He is worthy of all our praise and the source and object of all our hope. She is a ministry trainee, learning how to serve the church well in this way. Bek is married to Jordan and has four children.

DEBB FAULKNER

ADMINISTRATOR

Debb is married to Andrew (above). She serves our church by taking care of a heap of stuff that goes on in the background. She also has a soft spot for the Children of our church, and often helps organise our ministry to the youngest among us. 

Daniel Nitschke

TRAINEE

Dan is passionate about following Jesus authentically and seeing lives transformed by the power of the Good News about Jesus Christ. He’s currently completing a two-year traineeship with the church.

MATTHEW BIRD

OPERATIONS

Matt loves it when things are running smoothly, people are working well together as a team and individuals are using their God given gifts to their full potential. Which is a good thing, because his role for Christ Community it to serve the church by enabling these things to happen.

BEN PORTER

FINANCE

Ben has a mind for numbers and spreadsheets. He looks after our finances, ensuring we all follow the rules and stick to our budgets.