Objective and Mission
The main objective of The Branches New Hope Christian Church is to promote Jesus Christ, his life and influence.
Within that objective emerged the idea of Christomorphia, expressing the truth of Galatians 4:19. Christomorphia refers to the purpose of Christ to form His life and character in the lives of His people, the body of Christ.
Our mission and ministry occurs primarily in the daily lives of members through their relationships and responsibilities, nourished and strengthened by regularly meeting together.
We engage in contemporary social issues in the light of revealed Scriptural truth and historic foundations, often working with others of like mind.
The Branches affirms:
· The Apostles’ and Nicene Creeds; and,
· That the Triune God, the Maker of all that is seen and unseen, made man and woman in His image; male and female He made them (Gen. 1:27; Mt. 19:4). That marriage is between a man and a woman, intended for life, to the exclusion of all others (Mt. 19:4-6); and,
· That the Scriptures are the inerrant, infallible Word of God.
We endeavour to be a church of simplicity in life and organisation; what has been referred to as a “haven of love and a beacon of truth”.
We do not have an appointed pastor or minister; leadership is provided by an elected Ministry Team.
We do not own corporate property, having always met in rented buildings, with smaller meetings in members’ residences.
The Branches began as a church plant from Tea Tree Gully Uniting Church with a team led by Rev. Ian Clarkson and commissioned in February 1992.
In 2019, The Branches separated from the Uniting Church in Australia, forming the current congregation known as The Branches New Hope Christian Church.
The Branches is an independent congregation with no formal links with any other network or denomination.