Who is Transforming Sydney?
Transforming Sydney is a servant movement, dedicated to a three-fold mission:
1.To bring unity among the body of Christ in Sydney.
2.To see the Kingdom of God in Sydney as it is in Heaven.
3.To focus on transformation in three areas of society: Family, Church and Marketplace.
Transforming Sydney does not seek attention for itself as such, but lifts up Christ as our King and High Priest, and honours the many fellow-servants across Sydney and beyond who are transforming their spheres of influence through their steadfast obedience to Christ’s commands and the urging of the Holy Spirit. It is our fervent hope that all people, church movements and organisations that love, honour and obey Christ will stand together to make a difference in our city.
Transforming Sydney binds itself to the apostolic foundation laid in Canon Scripture (the Old and New Testaments) and Creeds (e.g. the Apostles and Nicene Creeds) as passed to us from the forefathers of the Church, and we agree with the Covenant, aims and principles of the Lausanne Movement
As fellow workers in Christ’s vineyard (Mat 20, Joh 15:5) we ask that you put aside doctrinal arguments and positions, apart from the fundamental elements described in the Creeds, the 10 Commandments received by Moses, and God’s natural laws, and focus on the things that unite us as Christ’s body, in fulfilment of His prayer to the Father (Joh 17). We also ask that you recognise the astounding variety of gifts that the Holy Spirit has bestowed on God’s people and celebrate and prayerfully utilise those for God’s glory (and not our own – Mat 7:11, Rom 12:6, 1 Cor 12-14, Jam 1:17, 1 Pet 4:10).
Transforming Sydney seeks to be representative of all denominations in Sydney that adhere to the Creeds, and whilst recognising that we have many doctrinal differences, considers the basis of our redemption in Christ, His mandates to us to love God and one another, His Commission to preach the Gospel, and the wonderful variety of gifts given to God’s people are of far greater importance.
Read more here www.transformingsydney.org
When I look back on my life, it is apparent that seeds for my unity story were planted at birth and all through my life.
Born in 1959 in the Little Company of Mary Hospital in Evergreen Park, IL. I was born 2 months premature and lovingly cared for by Catholic Nuns. I was not expected to live. The Lord had other plans and soon I was home.
I was baptized as an infant at the First Congregational Church of Oak Lawn. As a child, we attended the Wesleyan Methodist Church of Oak Lawn. It was there in the 6th grade Sunday school that I made a decision for Christ.
Later we moved to Arlington Heights and sporadically attended the First United Methodist Church of Arlington Heights. We stopped attending and I entered a spiritually desolate land.
The Lord never left me and grabbed me in 1992 when I met my first wife, a Lutheran. We were married in a Lutheran Church and moved to McHenry. We looked for a church and became members of the Christian and Missionary Alliance Bible Church of McHenry.
After a sad divorce, I met my new wife, a widow at that same church. We were married there. Shortly thereafter, I was asked to become the head of the McHenry Christian Fellowship Softball League (www.churchsoftball.org). At the time, the league was stagnant and small. The Lord has done a mighty work and we are now at 33 teams from over 22 area churches across all denominational barriers. We have a great time playing a great game and have made many friends from many different churches.
Five years ago, the league started a charity event called the Good Guys vs. Good Guys Game. A charity game fundraiser for the local food pantry. The game sees all the coaches from the league come together to form a team that plays against the police/fire dept. team.
For a few hours on that day, we are not Catholic, Protestant, Evangelical or non-denominational. We are just Christ followers working together to help the food pantry.
I look forward to seeing what the Lord has next on this journey.