We are a growing community of people who are passionate about following Jesus’ life and example; intimately knowing God as a kind and loving Dad, living in the presence and power of the Holy Spirit, and loving authentically. We believe in Bible-based truth, freedom and life in the Holy Spirit, honouring people and valuing community with doors open to all. You can read our full Statement of Faith here.
Lifeway Church is a church plant from Community Church Hornsby (CCH) and a member of CRC Churches International. and currently operates under the apostolic covering, governance and eldership of CCH. At this point in time, we also receive financial and administrative support from CCH.
The name "Lifeway" is an expression of who we know God has called us to be as a group of believers. In Acts 5 the apostles are told to "give the people this message of life!" (NLT) and we are following in response to that command. Jesus is the Life (John 14:6), His words are life (John 6:63), and to follow Him is a Way of Life.
Early in 2013 God started speaking to Caroline and Dave Dennis about relocating to begin a new faith community. Caroline had a vivid dream of the Morton Bay Fig Tree on the Town Green in Port Macquarie. In this dream God said this new community was to be like the tree: a place of fun and laughter, where people feel safe to explore life with Him. As Jesus said, "What is the Kingdom of God like? How can I illustrate it? It is like a tiny mustard seed that a man planted in a garden; it grows and becomes a tree, and the birds make nests in its branches." (Luke 13:18-19 NLT)
CCH Leadership confirmed that God was in this. As the vision was shared, God spoke to others also and a team of people committed to go with them and they made the move in January 2015.
Caroline and Dave have been married since 1988 and have four children who are now in their young adult and teenage years. Caroline is a real people-person and loves connecting over a good coffee. Dave loves all kinds of adventure and enjoys surfing with his boys.
Many years of ministry and church leadership experience continues to drive Caroline and Dave to go after 'on earth as it is in heaven'. Together they pastored the Under 25s ministry of CCH for 5 years, leading ministry teams for all Children, Youth and Young Adults. Prior to that, Caroline was the Children's Pastor for 13 years and David was the Worship Team Director for 10 years.
David has served on the CCH Board of Elders since 2002. Caroline is currently the National Childrens Ministry Director for CRC Churches in Australia. They both hold ministers credentials with the CRC movement.