What is Revelation 7 Network?
We are a network of small churches intent on making disciples for Jesus Christ. Our churches exist to mature believers, reach diverse people groups with the Good News that Jesus tells, and to raise indigenous leaders. We are committed to multiplying ourselves by planting more churches.
We call the churches in our network “Small Churches” because they are typically smaller in size (15-20 people) and they may also look different to what most people expect a church service to be e.g. these gatherings are highly interactive, they meet in peoples homes and not a church building. Click here to find out more.
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WHY SMALL CHURCH?
There are many ways to structure churches, each with its own benefits and limitations. We chose to go with Small Churches because in our unique multicultural context we believe they have particularly valuable benefits.
Here are our top three:
Dig deep into God’s Word
In the Bible, the church is not a building, but rather, its people gathered by hearing God’s Word to respond obediently to it. If you don’t understand God’s Word, how can you be a biblical church?
Our experience has shown us that often in big churches many people don’t learn very deeply. This is particularly because we represent so many different cultures and languages. Even with simultaneous translation, cultural complexities mean there are further obstacles which prevent good learning.
We believe that smaller, more interactive churches help people from all nations to read God’s Word meaningfully and have the opportunity to respond to it.
We’ve found that as a church grows it gets harder for us all to be deliberately ‘on mission’. It’s easy to become inward focused and comfortable with each other. Larger churches are more complex with more rosters and responsibilities which take lots of attention and energy.
When things are smaller there is more flexibility to spend time deliberately focusing on reaching those around you. We are also able to structure church gatherings to include ways to help us be more obedient, such as setting concrete goals and staying accountable to each other with them.
Help each other live missionally
Raise up more leaders from other cultures
The New Testament emphasises the importance of passing on the gospel to potential future leaders. In our multicultural context, this means developing leaders from different cultures. This is essential for two reasons. Firstly, because indigenous leaders are more effective at reaching and discipling people in their own mother-tongue. And secondly, because if we truly value multiculturalism then we need to raise up leaders to work together and learn from one another at both the church and network /organisation levels. Otherwise, our multicultural nature will remain superficial where one church dominates and other churches have little power to contribute.
However, many first-generation migrants may not be able to go to Bible college for four years due to significant financial, language or cultural barriers.
Smaller churches allow us the opportunity to train them differently (appropriately) in the church context through contextualised on the job learning. They also provide the opportunity for more leadership positions for people to learn in.
WHAT WE BELIEVE
Six core beliefs that shape every aspect of our church and life
We believe in a Triune God who is the only sovereign creator.
We believe that after the fall we humans are totally depraved and are completely dependent on God’s election.
We believe Jesus is fully human and fully divine.
We believe that Jesus died as a substitutionary atonement for our sins and rose bodily three days later offering forgiveness to those who trust in him.
We believe that we can do nothing to contribute to our salvation because we are justified by faith alone in Jesus Christ’s death and resurrection.
We believe that the Bible is God’s clear and trustworthy self revelation to us.
MEET THE TEAM
Paul & Beth
In a previous life, Paul worked as a sales manager and Beth as a nurse. He was a boy who grew up in the jungle of PNG and she was a city girl from Sydney. They met and four months later were engaged! During their 13 years of marriage they studied at Moore Theological College and have had 5 kids join them along the way. Since their arrival, their home has been very loud.
Today, Paul leads the team at Chester Hill Anglican Church and Beth’s role is to research and apply disciple making movement principles at their church.
Lara became a Christian while studying at university. She has a heart for those who haven’t heard about Jesus and lived with her family in Cambodia to share the gospel. She believes it’s a blessing to learn about Jesus from a young age and is excited to be running the Kids ministry at Chester Hill Anglican Church. Lara studied Children’s and Youth ministry at Youthworks College and received a Masters of Counselling at Morling College. Lara also runs Hope Counselling, a professional counselling service for people from all nations seeking change and authenticity in relationships. In her spare time, Lara enjoys spending time with her husband and 7 kids going to coffee shops, riding bikes, swimming, tennis, playing games, watching movies, learning Khmai and hospitality.
Fiona joined the team in late 2019. Having grown up in Cabramatta until her teens she feels at home relating to people from Vietnam and South East Asia. Fiona seeks to share Jesus with these communities in and around Chester Hill to see lives, families and communities transformed by the gospel. Fiona has an MDiv from Sydney Missionary and Bible College where she focussed her studies on cross cultural ministry. Fiona loves adventure and the outdoors and recently took up indoor rock climbing. She works part time as a health professional.
Hayson is from Hong Kong and his wife Nikki grew up in Vanuatu. They met at a friend’s birthday party in their first year of uni and got married 6 years later. They now have 2 young girls Isla & Aurelia. Nikki, who worked as a designer, is now a stay at home mum and runs an online business. Hayson, who used to work in finance, now works as the Ministry Director. His key responsibility is strategic & long term planning and helping everyone on the team to work towards our Disciple Making vision.
John is the leader of our Youth Ministry, FT! Raised in America, he’s been doing Youth Ministry in Chester Hill since late 2017. During the week he is a SRE teacher in 4 local High Schools, a Lifeguard, and studies Theology at Youthworks! In his free time he likes to play guitar, watch Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure, exercise & hang out with his wife Mandy & young daughter. Feel free to follow us on Instagram @ ft_y0uth.
Tom was born in China and is married to Amy who’s also from China. They have both faced the challenges of being international students in a foreign country. They had 1.5 years of long-distance relationship before getting married in 2016. Amy works in the banking & finance sector full time whilst supporting Tom’s role of being the Mandarin Ministry Leader on a part time basis. Tom helps the mandarin-speaking migrants in this part-time role to find their feet in Sydney, to be connected with other communities, and to have a chance of hearing the Gospel of hope and peace.