About Us

There is a lot to know about us, but the biggest thing you need to know is we are all about Jesus.

WE ARE ALL ABOUT JESUS!

At MGPC we believe that Jesus is real. We believe he lived a real life, died a real death on the cross and really was resurrected. We believe He is now really sitting to the right hand of God the Father in heaven.


Jesus death on the cross (and resurrection) was the biggest game changer in history. That Jesus willingly paid the price for sinful people like you and I, so that we can spend eternity with Him. This is good news!

Connect - Grow - Serve

We say 3 words a lot at MGPC. They are Connect, Grow, and Serve. Below is a brief explanation of what they mean for you and us.

Connect

Our desire is for you to Connect with the real hope only found in Jesus. We would also love you to Connect with us at MGPC. Please join us for Morning tea after the service where we can let you know more connecting with Jesus, and tell you about our Connect Course. 

At MGPC we value transparency. Our Connect Course is designed to let you know about our church, as well as provide a place where you can ask us any questions you may have about us, Jesus, and the Bible. We want you to make an informed decision about joining us as we journey through life together.

Grow

Once you have connected we will encourage you to join a Growth Group. Our Growth Groups usually meet once a week to hang out, study the Bible and pray for each other. Our Growth groups are a place where all people can Grow in their understanding of who Jesus is and what he has done for us. Growth Groups are for everyone no matter how much or how little you know about Jesus.

Serve

Once you have settled into a Growth Group, we will ask you to consider serving alongside us in a ministry team. We believe God has given everyone different abilities to serve Him. As we get to know you we can discuss how you can use your abilities to serve Jesus and others.

What is A Presbyterian Anyway?

We are Christians above all and don't really make a big deal about being a Presbyterian church. But in a day and age of denominations we are part of the Presbyterian Church of Australia.


Presbyterian refers to our form of church government (how we run). The word Presbyterian comes from the Greek word Presbuteros (πρεσβύτερος ). This word simply means ‘elder’. Therefore as a Presbyterian Church we have elders who have oversight of everything that happens in our Church to provide accountability and care for our people.

 

What We Believe

We believe the Bible is the written word of God, inspired by the Holy Spirit and without error in the original manuscripts. The Bible is the revelation of God’s truth and is infallible and authoritative in all matters of faith and practice.

We believe in the Holy Trinity. There is one God, who exists eternally in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

We believe that all are sinners and totally unable to save themselves from God’s displeasure, except by His mercy.

We believe that salvation is by God alone as He sovereignly chooses those He will save. We believe His choice is based on His grace, not on any human individual merit, or foreseen faith.

We believe that Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God, who through His perfect life and sacrificial death atoned for the sins of all who will trust in Him, alone, for salvation.

We believe that God is gracious and faithful to His people not simply as individuals but as families in successive generations according to His Covenant promises.

We believe that the Holy Spirit indwells God’s people and gives them the strength and wisdom to trust Christ and follow Him.

We believe that Jesus will return, bodily and visibly, to judge all mankind and to receive His people to Himself.

We believe that all aspects of our lives are to be lived to the glory of God under the Lordship of Jesus Christ.

Vision

Our Vision is to simply be a growing church.


“We are a growing church…”

At MGPC we are a growing church. We want to grow in our knowledge, wisdom and understanding of our God as we seek Him by Faith. We also want to be growing in number. The reason we want to be a church that is growing in number is because every number is a person who has connected to eternal hope in Jesus. This is our aim. We are a growing church. We aim to see more people connect with Jesus and us as a church. We want those who have connected to Jesus to join a Growth Group where they will grow in their all knowledge, wisdom, understanding and faith. There they will also grow in their relationships with others in our church. Finally, as we seek to be a growing church, we will need more people like you serving Jesus in various roles across the church.

 

Growing in Growth Groups

An important part of being a growing church is Growth Groups. We can’t expect to grow wider numerically without growing deeper in our knowledge, wisdom, understanding and faith in Jesus. Like a tree can’t grow wider without establishing a stronger root system we need to have a stronger base in our church. This base is built in Growth Groups. Growth Groups are a place where we grow in our knowledge, wisdom, understanding and faith in Jesus. It is also the training ground for future Growth Group leaders. This training ground has the potential to grow our people for many key serving roles in our church community. Therefore, we want everyone to be a part of a Growth Group so that we grow in our knowledge, wisdom, understanding and faith in Jesus. As this happens we expect to grow towards maturity taking up various serving positions suitable to each of our gifting's. If we don’t have healthy Growth Groups, we cannot expect our church to grow in a healthy way. As Christians, we follow Jesus and the best way to get to know Jesus is to be regularly opening the bible and meeting with God’s people. We have and are setting up more Growth Groups to give people the opportunity to grow in a way that they might not have thought was possible.

 

How can I be a part of it?

At MGPC we believe every person has a role to play. The first place to start is to connect with Jesus and connect with us as a Church. Then we would love you to be a part of a Growth Group. From there, we can explore many different serving opportunities to find ways of serving that uses your God given abilities and talents for His glory. You are important to our church and it is vital that every member plays their part. Some of us will fill roles behind the scenes, some of us will be seen upfront. It doesn’t matter where you serve, we want you to be able to unleash your potential to see more and more people Connect with Jesus, Grow in Jesus, and Serve Jesus.

 

Congregation plant

Into the future, we will be looking to plant a second morning service. This means we want to start a new service so more people can be part of what is going on at MGPC. Our church auditorium holds roughly 200 people and we are already having a rough average of 110+ people in there every Sunday (142 This Easter). This means that if God can grow our church to a point where 170 people are attending regularly we will look to plant a second duplicate morning service. This would roughly look like 100+ people in one service (about the same size we are now) and the new service to start with 50+ people. This will increase our capacity to have roughly 400 people through our doors in the morning on Sundays. This means more people connecting with the true hope of Jesus. This will create more serving  opportunities for all of us to be involved in seeing people Connect with Jesus and grow in their relationship with Him.


There is no doubt this plan will take a lot of prayer and effort not just from a few, but from all of us under the sovereignty of God. We believe that this is the way forward for us as a church. We want to see many more people in our city Connect with Jesus, Grow in Jesus, and Serve Jesus because at MGPC, we are a

growing church.


 

Staff

Gary Ware - Senior Pastor

Gary started at MGPC in 2003. Gary heads up our leadership team and beings a wealth of experience and wisdom to the team. Gary is equally comfortable watching a football game or reading a comic book. Above all that Gary loves to talk about Jesus!

Mark Lewis - Assistant Pastor

Mark moved to Mount Gambier in 2017 after completing his study at Queensland Theological College. Mark has been part of many growing churches across his training and brings that experience with him. Being a Queenslander Mark naturally watches the NRL but plans to start watching the AFL... one day. More importantly Mark loves seeing people find hope in Jesus.

Deacon (Pastoral Care Coordinator)

Sandy Megaw

Kids Coordinator

Diana Zwijnenburg

Elders

Roger Bannister - Elder

Alan Clarkson - Elder

Alan Fox - Elder

Graeme Hamilton - Elder

Gavin Megaw - Elder

Jeroen Zwijnenburg - Elder