“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” - Matthew 5:14–16
City on a Hill is a movement of men and women called to know Jesus and make Jesus known. We seek to live boldly in this generation, emanating gospel light with the words we speak, the decisions we make, and the lives we live.
Our story began in October 2007 with a small team and a big vision to make a difference in Melbourne for the good of all people and the glory of God.
Meeting initially in an apartment before moving to a pub, we now meet as one church in five locations in Brisbane, Geelong, Melbourne, Melbourne East and Melbourne West. Through the week we are committed to living lives of love, service and generosity.
Throughout our journey we’ve seen many saved by Jesus while others reconnect with Christ and His church. We have helped care for the poor, pioneer new ministries, train leaders, equip missionaries, and seen many doors opened for the gospel. We are not a building or an authority structure, but ‘a people for God’s own possession that we may declare the excellencies of Him, who called us out of darkness into His marvellous light’ (1 Peter 2:9).
With urban renewal, a cosmopolitan lifestyle, subtropical climate, renowned art galleries, a thriving live music scene, cutting edge cafes, and packed sports stadiums it’s easy to see why Brisbane is a fast growing city. The population is tipped to increase from 2.4 million to 3 million people by 2020.
Brisbane is rapidly emerging as a global city: with a third of the population born overseas, a young demographic, extensive investment in infrastructure and a booming economy, it’s increasingly becoming Australia’s gateway to Asia.
This truly is a great city! But it’s also a lost city. The number of people identifying with Christianity is decreasing and those identifying with no religion is increasing. Jesus said he came to seek and to save the lost. We believe that Jesus has many people in this city that he is calling to himself.
As our first interstate church, City on a Hill: Brisbane is in the perfect location to reach the lost with the light of Christ in the heart of this city.
Geelong is one of Australia’s fastest growing centres, with a population set to rise from 210,000 in 2014 to 280,000 by 2030. Geelong is also a city facing significant challenges: the decline in manufacturing, and enduring poverty in some of its suburbs means that not all have enjoyed its growth and revitalisation. City on a Hill: Geelong was the first plant from City on a Hill: Melbourne and also City on a Hill’s first ‘parachute plant’ into a new city. Like the Melbourne church it began with a small Bible study of 9 adults meeting in a living room in January 2013. City on a Hill: Geelong is well placed to grow with our city to serve it and love it and to see the name of Jesus honoured here as never before.
City on a Hill: Melbourne meets in the heart of our great city, at Hoyts cinemas, Melbourne Central. Being so centrally located is not an opportunity we take for granted, but rather inspires us to be ambitious in knowing Jesus and making Jesus known. From this strategic position, we want to shine like who we are — a city set on a hill.
City on a Hill: Melbourne East meets at Phoenix Park Community Centre in Malvern East, every Sunday, at 9 and 11AM. Here’s a bit of our story:
The city of Melbourne is a growing and sprawling city set to reach a population of five million people in 2018! Melbourne prides itself on being regularly voted the ‘World’s Most Liveable City’ and the east and south-east of Melbourne typify this liveability. With tree-lined streets, plenty of parks, schools, playgrounds, shopping districts, it’s easy to see why the centre of the population of Melbourne is in the south-eastern suburbs.
City on a Hill: Melbourne East is knowing Jesus and making Jesus known in the midst of these suburbs. We exist to show Melbournians that a true and better life can be had by trusting in Jesus and living for Him.
We launched in October 2017, and meet at Phoenix Park Community Centre, just a few hundred metres north of Chadstone Shopping Centre. Our vision is to continue to know Jesus and make Jesus known to the east and south-east of Melbourne by holding fast to biblical teaching and training; raising up humble, courageous and sacrificial leaders, cultivating communities of life, love and mission, staying committed to gospel growth and embodying God-centered generosity.
Our hope and prayer is that God would use this our church to make a difference for the glory of God in Melbourne and eternally impact the men, women and children who reside in the east and south-eastern suburbs.
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City on a Hill: Melbourne West began in April 2014, at a crucial time in the history of the City on a Hill movement. The second plant out of the Melbourne church, West has drawn together a community of believers and seekers, eager to know Jesus and make Jesus known. In its 15 months, West has grown, and is now a family of nearly 180 adults, with a further 45 children. Gospel Communities are thriving, our City Kids ministry is bulging, and a church family of both strength and warmth has formed. We are well-placed, then, to step into the future, and embrace the work that God has called us to.