St Hilary’s has a mission of making, maturing and mobilising disciples of Jesus Christ.

We seek to do this in a community who express love and care for one another and seek to be Jesus’ light in the world.

We have a vision that:
By 2018 St Hilary’s will be a network of congregations in several locations transforming lives and communities as we share God’s love through the love of God’s people. We will be actively supporting each other to serve and witness wherever we live, work, study and recreate.

We will seek to fulfil this vision through seven strategic areas:

By 2018 St Hilary’s aims to expand our Network of churches and of congregations by replanting into two existing churches as we respond to their approach to us. Within these churches we will establish three new congregations, one for children and families, another to youth and young adults and another to an ethnic community. We will be flexible and open in our response to God’s leading and strive to play our part to extend God’s kingdom in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne. Each church and congregation will be a part of the St Hilary’s Network. The Network will provide oversight, administration, communications, HR support and training. The Peter Corney Training Centre will run an intern program for young adults and adults, which will support the work of the various congregations. St Hilary’s will partner with Ridley Melbourne in offering training in church planting.
Our commitment is to ensure our existing ministries are strong, healthy, and effectively supported. We take seriously our mission of making, maturing and mobilising disciples of Jesus Christ. We will see a growing mission focus in every area of our life together. We will encourage people in the Up (our relationship with God), the In (our relationship with each other) and the Out (our relationship with the wider community).We will continue to have a strong commitment to:

  • biblical preaching and teaching that is grounded in the reality of people lives.
  • prayer as the centre of our life and mission expressed in every area of our church’s life and also through a quarterly whole church midweek gathering of prayer and praise, and the staff praying together weekly.
  • small groups that support the church’s mission and vision and that are places to nurture and support discipleship, mutual care and mission both when we are together and where we live, work, study and play.
  • worship that is joyous and builds up the body of Christ
  • missional communities to share God’s love in word and deed
  • ministries and outreach with and to children and families
  • ministries and outreach with and to youth and young adults
  • growing outreach with and to Seniors
  • increasingly welcoming to people of any background or culture
  • offering a range of courses through the Peter Corney Training Centre to help fulfil our discipleship vision as well as serving the wider church.
By 2018 we will more fully be ‘a visible alternative community’. We will intentionally respond to the leading of the Holy Spirit to connect with and share God’s love in word and deed through the Missional Community framework. We will have twenty-five or more missional communities connecting with many people and groups in all sorts creative of ways. In 2014 St Hilary’s Care will be launched as a means of coordinating the practical support and care of those in need in our local communities. We may partner with other agencies to develop a range of services from practical support and crisis assistance to mentoring. The Men’s Shed will offer a place for men and others to gather and interact. The Annual Food Drive will be extended to eventually cover the whole of the City of Boroondara through our network of centres and in partnership with other churches.
While extending outwards through the network we will also respond to the large numbers of people God brings to us by extending and modernising the Kew site. Our two largest congregations need more space and facilities to grow. The work of the 2012 Property Task Group will be the basis for developing plans to redevelop the St Hilary’s site. To achieve our vision we will have improved multi-purpose spaces that will enable a range of gatherings, hospitality, training and equipping, children’s, youth and other ministries. We will continue to progressively enhance the St Silas site as well as the other centres in the Network.
A major capital appeal will be required for the St Hilary’s Kew redevelopment. An audit of our existing properties will be conducted to identify the best utilisation of these properties.
In 2015 our existing children’s and families and youth and young adults departments will merge to become one ministry where we partner with parents in discipleship. Generations Ministries will enable us to develop and offer a well thought out ministry across the ages with a multi site future in mind. Ministries with children, families, youth and young adults will be oriented to ensure strong volunteer leadership and service in multiple locations and the encouragement of mentoring and involvement across the generations.
In the next 10 years a remarkable opportunity will emerge as many long standing parishioners move out of full time work. Each of these people are able, gifted, mature in faith and with lots of life experience. The possibilities for leadership and service are immense. ‘Low control and high accountability’ will be a critical mindset in releasing this unique cohort. Opportunities will be created to enable people to share in our vision and to be a part of new or existing work locally, regionally and globally. In 2014 a Task Force will be established to lead this key focus.
St Hilary’s will continue to have dynamic local, regional and global partnerships. As we continue to be greatly blessed we will seek to be a blessing to others through our mission support, prayer and practical engagement. St Hilary’s mission partners will be:

  • two churches in Melbourne – Merri Creek Anglican Plant and Plenty Life Anglican Plant
  • one rural church in Victoria
  • two Indigenous Ministries – Nungalinya College (NT) and Broome Anglican Fellowship (WA)
  • long term missionary service with our CMS Link Missionaries
  • schools ministries through Mustard, Access Ministries and Chaplaincies
  • student ministry, especially at Swinburne University
  • theological education in Australia and overseas – Ridley Melbourne & two colleges through Overseas Council
  • aid and development projects in partnership with Tear, World Vision and other agencies
  • short term and long term projects locally and overseas

The Missions and Social Justice Board will play a key role in networking and linking people and groups. We will make a strategic contribution to the growth of God’s kingdom as we partner and give of our time, talents and treasures.

VALUES

We are Biblical – We teach and are shaped by the study of God’s authoritative word.
We are Prayerful – We seek to engage with and express our dependence upon God in prayer both personally and as we gather together.
We are Holistic – We proclaim the gospel in word and deed in response to the leading of the Holy Spirit.
We express Mutual Care – We welcome newcomers and support one another in small groups, congregations and by prayer ministry.
We are Mobilising – We equip disciples to use their God given gifts, regardless of age, gender and background.
We are Engaging – We engage our culture by listening and by being willing to change as we respond to God’s leading and our context.