One of the hardest places to plant a church is in welfare class areas. That’s why over the years many churches have come and gone in Berkeley. We have found that many do not understand the ministry here, so over the years the great casualties have been Christians who think you have to do ministry at Berkeley like it is done in their home church. – “I know best.” We have only one saviour. Jesus Christ. We must not adopt the mindset that it is us who are ‘saving’ the people of Berkeley. It is true – we can do all things through Him who strengthens us – but without Him our message of salvation is useless.
To do mission in Berkeley you need to be of strong character with even stronger boundaries. Many who have come to welfare class areas to do mission have fallen casualty to a mindset of charity – a hand out not a hand up. Therefore, when an obvious transformation is not seen after investing time and money into a person, disillusionment can set in and the mission is questioned. With lives long entrenched in addictive behaviours and abuse, It’s not going to be overnight transformation stories. It takes a lot of time for many to change their lives for Jesus. The most common issues in Berkeley are; high unemployment, where, in many families, we see second and third generation unemployment.
There are many affected by addiction issues, whether it be with drugs, alcohol or gambling. Sadly, we regularly see young children under the influence of drugs or alcohol or both. A worrying number of people living in Berkeley suffer from depression, low self esteem or other mental health issues and they have plenty of free time to get into trouble. But what keeps me in Berkeley is the belief that Jesus Christ can not only transform lives but transform a community.
We can all play a part in giving hope to others through the message of Jesus Christ. We are desperately under-staffed and resourced to meet the needs of the people of Berkeley who are trying to change their lives for Jesus Christ. Needs that take time, commitment and investment, different to the needs of other churches.
In some ways it is sad that this ministry depends on others outside of BLC to support us, but we also truly find it a great honour to partner with Christians who support us with their wallets, their prayers and their love for the lost. In a time with emphasis on cross cultural ministry, we must not neglect our own backyard and the welfare class of Australia. The forgotten of Australia.
Pray for us
We would love you to partner with us by praying for our community and our church. Pray that we can faithfully carry out our mission here in Berkeley and seek first His Kingdom. Pray that all people in Berkeley will come to know the transforming love of Jesus Christ.
God, help our church body to walk in a manner worthy of the calling You have given us. Help us in all our interactions with one another to have humble and gentle hearts. Grant us patience for one another, bearing with one another in love. Grant the Body of Christ unity. May we walk humbly with You, God, allowing You to show us our wrongs. The best way to stay updated on our latest prayer points is through our Facebook page.
It has become a tradition for us, at the end of our Prayer and Share time that we say the Lord’s Prayer together:
Our Father in heaven,
may your name be kept holy.
May your Kingdom come soon.
May your will be done on earth,
as it is in heaven.
Give us today the food we need,
and forgive us our sins,
as we have forgiven those who sin against us.
And don’t let us yield to temptation,
but rescue us from the evil one.
Considering the low-income and high unemployment in Berkeley, we rely primarily on the financial support of individuals and churches outside of our congregation. Any contribution big or small helps us to spread the message of Jesus in Berkeley. If you’d like to find out about any specific financial needs please contact us!
Berkeley Life Centre Anglican Church
BSB: 062531 | Acc. No.: 10257777
Please make cheques out to: Berkeley Life Centre Anglican Church | Send to: 54 Kelly Street Berkeley NSW 2506
We are desperately understaffed and are in need of skilled workers in a number of areas to help out. Maybe there are skills you have to offer that we aren’t currently aware of but they could bless our community?
The best way to find out how you might be able to offer practical support is the get in touch with us or have a chat to Wayne.
There are many ways you can support us practically;
- Christian Mentors
- Special Events
Do you feel called to use your spiritual or practical gifts in Berkeley? We’d love to hear from you!