About

Statement of Faith

The Branches does not have its own Statement of Faith. We instead refer to the following:

·         Our characteristics

·         Assembly of Confessing Congregations (ACC) Theological Declaration and Statement on Marriage.

·         Uniting Church Basis of Union

Structure

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.

Objective and Mission

One of the objectives of The Branches 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.

History

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.

Association

The Branches is:

·         A member congregation of the Uniting Church in South Australia

·         Associated with the Assembly of Confessing Congregations

·         A member of the South Australian Hope Mission Network (HopeNet).