About Us

The Road Ahead

The following is a vision that God has placed on our hearts for the future of our church.
We are proactively stepping out in faith as God leads us forward in this next chapter.

We are a vibrant multigenerational group of Jesus-followers who are a light in the local community and seek to fulfill the great commission – to make disciples of all nations.

A church community with sustainable numbers of all generations, in which people are proactively growing in their love and discipleship of Jesus.  The dis-churched, new believers and those looking for a spiritual home are attracted by the love and welcome of its people.  This church desires, above all, to win people for Christ, and readily welcomes change so that it stays relevant to the world around it.  It throws away “religion” and is dynamic, energised and flexible in the way it approaches its relationship with, and worship of Jesus.  

Presentation of the gospel is consistent in quality and relevant to the times – it aims to reach the furthest person, and looks first to the needs of those outside.  Use of new music and technology is incorporated, and times of testimonies, sharing of experiences and learning from one another are integrated with regular reflections on God’s word.   There is room for the Holy Spirit to act, both during times of music worship and times of open prayer.  People are encouraged and taught to pray both for and with each other.  Prayer for healing with expectation is offered in faith.  Humility is taught and the congregation is led in regular confession and repentance.

It is a place where spiritual gifts are recognised and encouraged, and individuals are empowered to use their gifts to serve the body – it does not rely solely on its pastor for revelation, teaching and leadership.  Volunteers are valued and cared for, and additional programs and community engagement are born out of an overflow of volunteers’ time, energy and talents.

This church community has a keen awareness of social justice and contributes generously to both local and overseas missions.  It is interested in the mission activities of its people and looks for opportunities to come alongside and support them both physically, prayerfully and financially.

A church community with a thriving children’s ministry in which parents and mentors enthusiastically participate.  There is a fun and safe outdoor play space dedicated to young children where participation of community groups is welcomed.  Vibrant youth & young adults groups are run by effective leaders with a heart for young people in the local area – they have strong connections to other Christian groups to enable our youth to make valuable social connections & relationships.  

Within this church are meaningful, authentic relationships both within and across generations.  Opportunities for peer accountability are encouraged, and hospitality is regularly practiced in homes.  Everyone feels known, loved and cared for.

Our Team

Pastor Alan

Alan Baker

Pastor

Pastor Alan

Jenny Parsons

Elder

Pastor Alan

Katherine Kirkwood

Council Chair

Montrose Church of Christ

Jeff Parsons

Treasurer

Pastor Alan

Kathryn Sargent

Council Secretary

Pastor Alan

Anna Billingham

Ignite Kids Team Leader

Pastor Alan

Elizabeth Bird

Council Member

Montrose Church of Christ

Gillian Graham

Council Member

Pastor Alan

Nola Baker

Council Member

Pastor Alan

Denise Conry

Council Member

Pastor Alan

Steve Jeffery

Facilities Manager

Pastor Alan

Mel Jeffery

AV Team Leader

Montrose Church of Christ

Wendy Mason

Child Safe Officer

Our Values

Bible / Gospel focused as the foundation of our faith

Discipleship –  we are followers of Jesus, aspiring to know Him, grow in Him and proclaim Him

Empowering people – equipping, training and releasing members

Hospitality and welcoming

Love and caring for each other

Prayer – dependence on God

Planting and supporting Christian communities locally and globally with hope and compassion

What do We believe?

The Scriptures: We believe the entire Bible (both Old and New Testaments) is the written Word of God, inspired by the Holy Spirit and without error. It is the revelation of God’s truth, infallible and the ultimate authority in all matters of faith and conduct.

God: We believe in one God, who exists eternally in three distinct Persons: The Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.

Jesus: We believe Jesus Christ is the second Person of the Holy Trinity (the Son of God) who became flesh to reveal God to humanity and to become the Saviour of the lost world

Holy Spirit: We believe in the Holy Spirit who is equal to the Father and the Son. He is present in the world to make people aware of their need for Jesus. He also lives in every believer from the moment of salvation. He gives believers strength and wisdom to trust and follow Christ, and gives gifts to serve Him.

Humanity: We believe that all people are created in the image of God and matter deeply to him. Although human beings have tremendous potential for good, they are marred by an attitude of disobedience toward God called ‘sin’. Our sin separates us from God and there is nothing we can do to attain right standing with God (Rom 5:12, 18).

We believe that human beings were created to exist forever. Each individual will either exist eternally separated from God by sin or in union with God through forgiveness and salvation. To be eternally separated from God is eternal death (Hell). To be eternally in union with him is eternal life (Heaven). Heaven and Hell are places of eternal existence (Matt 25:31-46; John 3:16; 5:24; 2 Thess’ 1:9; Rev 20:10-15).

Salvation: We believe Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God, who through His perfect life and sacrificial death atoned for the sins of all who will repent and trust in Him, alone, for salvation. Jesus Christ rose from the dead and ascended into heaven, where He is the only mediator between God and humanity.

The Return of Jesus: We believe Jesus will return, bodily and visibly, to judge all mankind and to receive His people to Himself.

The Church: We believe that there is one true universal church made up of born again believers and comprising many churches in various localities each exercising autonomous government under the headship of Jesus Christ (Acts 15:22; Matt 16:18; 18:15-20).

The Ordinances: We believe in the faithful proclamation of, and obedience to the two ordinances of the Lord Jesus Christ:

a)  Baptism by which believers express their faith in Jesus. They do this by being immersed in water as an act of identification with Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection.

b)  The Lord’s Supper (also known as Communion) is celebrated weekly to remind us of Jesus dying for us, and that He is coming again.

Our History

Church of Christ Montrose commenced in 1877 as a house church and was originally known as the Mooroolbark Church of Christ. It was in 1894, after several moves, the believers gathered at the Montrose Primary School. Here, they organised Sunday School activities and had regular Sunday Evening Gospel Services. Tent Missions were held in the early 1900’s that saw many come to faith in Jesus.

The land in Leith Rd Montrose was purchased in 1905, and the first Chapel opened in May 1909. It seemed that from that point, it was officially known as the Church of Christ Montrose. In 1914 the church purchased an adjoining block, which became a tennis court. It is now used as a car park with the entrance off Walker Road.

In the early years, members shared the preaching along with guest preachers from other churches. Students from College of the Bible also served in a part-time capacity. The first full-time pastor was appointed in 1977, one hundred years after that initial gathering.

Montrose has initiated two church plants. In October 1921 two families commenced the Boronia Church of Christ, now known as the Boronia Community Church of Christ which is located at 59 Boronia Rd. In 1991, a new church plant commenced in the Upper Yarra Region. Montrose members provided oversight to this new fellowship, and were involved in leading services, speaking and providing music. Today the church meets in the Yarraburn Centre, Park Rd, Yarra Junction.

Interaction with other churches was intentional, as the church experienced rapid growth through providing life groups for Bible Study, discipleship, activities for children, youth and adults. The church also participated in local sport teams. The fellowship has taken seriously their desire to be a “Church in the heart of the community with the community at heart”. In making a difference in the community, the church has had “A Drop-in-Centre”, cared for the elderly in retirement villages and run programs for people with disabilities. Members have been involved with the Kids Hope mentoring program for ten years at the local primary schools. Today the church facilitates the local community carols service at Christmas.

Great changes have taken place in the Montrose district over the last few decades, as orchards, timber mills and bush have all given way to new housing estates. Increased population has brought both modern amenities, and as a downside, congested roads to Montrose. An upgrade to the road system, with increased lanes and a reconfiguration of the roundabout, is shortly commencing in the town.

In the early 1980’s, it became obvious that the church had outgrown the 1909 chapel. The decision was made to rebuild. The last service in the original chapel was held on the 4th August 1985. Chateau Wyuna, 3kms down the road, purchased the old chapel and relocated it in their grounds. After much prayer and planning, the new chapel and building complex was opened on the 15th March 1986.

Over the past decade our congregation comprised of mainly seniors, many of whom have faithfully served for decades. Naturally numbers decreased due to relocation, the need for aged care, and deaths. The community has always been proactive in caring for each other and committed to connecting and partnering with others, both locally and globally.

In 2018 the Church Council started preparing for growth. They invested time and money in maintenance and updating of the facilities. In the very difficult year of 2020, they commenced a zoom prayer meeting on Saturday mornings, believing with a positive attitude that God still had a role for this community of faith, whatever shape that would take for the future. In 2021, despite the continuing disruptions of COVID, an exciting new day dawned. We welcomed many new individuals and families into our fellowship, and we began a new creative kids ministry. Followers of Jesus have been empowered to use their gifts to reenergise and develop a dynamic community of faith. God is at work in a very special way, and we are determined to be obedient to His call to make disciples, to love one another, and to serve our local community for His Glory.

Our 2021 Anniversary video 
– celebrated during lockdown