We love Jesus and we believe that there’s nothing more wonderful or more urgent than everyone coming to know and trust and love Jesus too. We long to see people from all nations see, hear and experience the good news of Jesus Christ, starting from Footscray.
So we’re seeking to make deep disciples of Jesus Christ from all nations in ever increasing number. We want to see churches planted to reach new people in Australia, and we want to see people come to know Jesus and go out to serve him in places where he is not yet known.
One of our big prayers is that 100 people would come to know Jesus through us by the end of 2021.
Laneway Church started as the fruit of years of prayer. For three years Josh and Sarah met with friends to pray for the western suburbs of Melbourne.
Josh and Sarah sought advice and were assessed by the Geneva Push Church Planting Network. They were endorsed and encouraged to plant a new church, and in 2016 they moved to Footscray with a small team to start Laneway Church.
Laneway Church launched in August 2016 as part of the Fellowship of Independent Evangelical Churches.
In all of this our story has been to follow the story of Jesus. Jesus told the story of a servant sent by his master to go down every road and laneway with an invitation to come to an amazing banquet. That’s exactly what Jesus did. He went to good people and bad people with the invitation to turn and come to God, and our story is simply to keep on following him down every road and laneway with the same invitation.
Here are five things we believe that drive our life together as a church.
We believe that God made us so that we would glorify him through Jesus Christ, and enjoy him forever (e.g. Revelation 5:9-13).
We believe that God calls every Christian into Jesus’ mission to prayerfully make disciples of all nations (e.g. Matthew 28:18-20).
We believe that through Jesus’ death and resurrection God is gathering a people to himself who belong to Jesus and to one another in relationships of love (e.g. Ephesians 2:11-22).
We believe that God is changing us to be more and more like Jesus through his word and Holy Spirit (e.g. Ephesians 4:11-16).
We believe that God gifts his people to joyfully and generously serve him and others through Jesus Christ, to his own praise and glory (e.g. 1 Peter 4:7-11).