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Discover the life you are looking for

We are City on a Hill: Ballarat, a Christian church that exists to Know Jesus & Make Jesus Known.

Visit this Sunday at 10am (Eastwood Leisure Complex).

Discover Purpose
& Meaning

The Real Jesus

Find Genuine

We’re all chasing the “good life“, have you found it?

Living in Ballarat ticks all the boxes.

But just because you live in a great place doesn’t mean you have life all figured out. Perhaps you’re facing work-pressures, family-responsibilities, relationship-dramas, or money-stresses. Or maybe life is smooth, but you sense there’s something missing. In the midst of ups and downs where exactly is the good life found?

Jesus said, “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”

Maybe you want to investigate Jesus or reconnect with him.

Maybe you’re considering visiting church for the first time, or the first time in a long time.

You are welcome.

Uncover a better way to live with Jesus.

We’re all seeking something. For you it might be authentic community. Joy. Belonging. Spirituality. Purpose.

At City on a Hill: Ballarat we believe that these things are found fully in Jesus.

We’d love for you to join us, no matter your opinions, background, experiences or questions.

There’s so much to love about Ballarat, but we all long for something more. Genuine community, real rest, lasting peace, deep satisfaction can all be so hard to find. We’re convinced that with Jesus, the longing is over. With him, we find what’s missing. Come join us and discover more.

Ben Hewitt

Lead Pastor – Ballarat

Three ways to get involved in our community

1. Visit this Sunday

All welcome! Expect Jesus-centred teaching, worship songs, prayer, community and a children’s program.

2. Join a Gospel Community

Our small group mid-week gatherings are perfect for engaging with the teachings of Jesus and making deep friendships.

3. Live a Beautiful Life

Discover true identity, confidence and joy by knowing Jesus and making Jesus known alongside others.

Attend an event

Listen to a sermon

Listen on your favourite podcast app

Serve on the mission

Jesus invites us to be used by him in building his church. Whatever your background or skill set, there is a place for you to contribute by using your gifts to serve.

Give to the mission

God invites us to worship him in all areas of our lives, including the way we spend our money. Your generous giving fuels the health and growth of City on a Hill Ballarat.

Get to know your team

Ben Hewitt

Lead Pastor

Ben Hewitt

Ben is the Lead Pastor of City on a Hill Ballarat. He grew up in Ireland, North and South, then came to Melbourne with his wife Suja, before moving to Ballarat. He’s an ordained Anglican minister, has been in gospel ministry for more than 10 years, and is passionate about seeing disciples of Jesus made and matured. Ben and Suja have 3 beautiful kids, a little dog and a few precious fish.

We’re part of a larger movement

One Movement,
Many Churches

Currently, City on a HIll exists across 10 local churches, in 6 cities, and 3 states. Our Ballarat church began in 2023.

Know Jesus and
Make Jesus known

Our churches are united around this mission. We want many to experience the life-giving and life-changing joy of knowing him.

10 Cities

City on a Hill’s vision is to reach 10 cities with the beauty, truth and relevance of Jesus, by planting 50 churches.

Visit this Sunday

We meet at 10am at Eastwood Leisure Complex, 20 Eastwood St, Ballarat Central.

Come along to one of our friendly gatherings. Every Sunday we meet to hear God’s word, sing, pray and spend time together. Our service has a children’s program for ages 4-12. For smaller children, there is a creche area in church.

Stay for a cuppa after the service, and join us for lunch on the first Sunday of every month.

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Frequently asked questions

What should I expect on Sunday?
On Sundays we gather together to build friendships, learn about Jesus from the bible, sing together, pray together and some weeks take communion together. We have a creche and kids ministry for the little ones. Everyone is welcome no matter if you’re new to following Jesus, interested to learn more, or have been a Christian for a long time.
Is there a kids program?
Yes! We love children and want church to be the highlight of their week! Most weeks the children go through the same Bible passage as the adults.
What should I wear?
Come as you are. We dress pretty informally, kind of like we were going out for a meal with family or friends.
Can I just show up on a Sunday?
You sure can! No need to let us know you’re coming, but if you do let us know we can save you a seat, and make a plan to connect with you before or after our gathering.
What denomination are you?
City on Hill: Ballarat is an Anglican church that is part of the City on a Hill movement of churches. Some City on a Hill churches are independent and some are Anglican.
What is your vision?
City on a Hill’s vision is to reach 10 cities with the beauty, truth and relevance of Jesus by planting 50 churches. Our vision at City on a Hill: Ballarat is that we will be a “city set on a hill” (Matthew 5:14) where souls are saved and a family where deep disciples are made.
Why plant new churches?
Church planting is one of the most effective ways to build new disciples of Jesus, and grow the broader church. New churches are new communities, and therefore new opportunities for people to connect or reconnect with a church community. And new churches stretch Christians to pray more and be on mission, sharing the good news of Jesus with others.
Can I invite others?
Absolutely! The more the merrier. No need to let us know.
What is the gospel?
The gospel is the good news, or in other words good story of Jesus. The God-man who became like us – human, 2000 years ago. And then lived a perfect life, suffered a brutal death, before rising from the dead on our behalf. The gospel is bad news of our sin and rebellion, but also the good news of Jesus’ forgiveness and offer of a new life. A new way to live: one of joy, peace, and hope.
What do you believe about the Bible?
The Bible is God’s revelation to us. The words of the Bible are divinely inspired and without error. The Bible is sufficient for knowing God and equips us to live holy and meaningful Christian lives.
What do you believe about Jesus?
We believe that Jesus is the God-man. That he was a real, historic man who was also God in the flesh. We believe he lived the perfect life, suffered, died and rose again on our behalf. We believe that soon he is coming back to judge the living and dead, and that following him leads to a better life, one of quantity (eternity) and quality (joy).

Follow the way of Jesus in a brand new community.

Visit this Sunday, we’d love to see you.