‘Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into him who is the Head, that is, Christ.’ Ephesians 4:15
In between the first and second comings of Christ,
we speak the truth in love
to build His church here and in all the world.
To be a church that is an engine
for growing Christ's church,
here and beyond.
We are praying and serving toward being a church in 2030 that is ALL of these things:
Big on biblical truth & Christ like love.
Raising up Christians to self-sacrificially serve.
Regularly seeing people become Christians (children, youth & adults).
Engaged in several ‘difference making’ partnerships with external gospel ministries.
Running thriving children’s and youth ministries.
Running an established traineeship program.
Featuring a Sunday evening congregation with a strong core of young adults.
In position to plant or re-pot a church somewhere in Sydney.
Our primary work at HTK is to speak the truth in love. The truth is what is revealed in the Bible about God, humanity and our world centred on the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. We focus our work on three different groups of people, speaking the truth in love to each other (within the church); to the next generation (children and youth) and to neighbours (unbelievers). The ministry to all of these groups feed off and into each other. This work will only be truly fruitful when it its conducted from the Bible, in dependence on God through prayer and enacted in Christ-like love.
We believe if we focus our energies in this way, God will grow our local church in number and maturity with an overflow of fruit for Christ's lasting church. These are the ultimate outcomes we strive for: prayer, financial & missional support, and the sending of individuals, families and teams into God's global harvest. If our work of speaking the truth in love is healthy & 'firing', it will generate significant multiplication of gospel work in all the world. This is the approach of the 'speaking the truth in love engine' and this frames our plans for the next 10 years.
We want to keep the engine 'healthy and firing' by 'tuning up' every focal point of the mission every three years. Of course every part needs to be strong at any point in time, and we commit to labouring in each focus area at all times. But we also assume a path of constant learning and improvement as necessary for the growing fruitfulness of our work, for increasing overflow over time. The long term plan of gathering a team to plant or repot a church somewhere in Sydney requires the raising up of a (predominantly) younger cohort of gospel servants, so we start in 2022 with a focus on bolstering ministry to the next generation, proceed to an intensified season of evangelism in 2023, then strengthening of our maturity in 2024. We will then repeat this cycle twice before the end of 2030, God willing increasing our contribution to the global church as we progress.
At different stages we plan to grow our staff team to sustain and accelerate growth in each area, most notably introducing our first trainee in 2023; adding an assistant minister in 2024 all directing towards the gathering of a team in 2029 & 2030 for 'the big send' at the start of 2031.