A greenfields church plant is currently preparing for a late 2016 start in Leppington, the second of the ministry centres to be built in the SW-NW growth corridor of Greater Sydney. The plant, still in the planning stages but with members expecting to move in towards the end of the year, will begin in a suburb that scarcely has 300 occupied homes. Yet the population of the area is expected to reach 50,000 in eight years. The plant will be run by the Rev Luther Symons. “Some of the stats indicate we could be seeing new houses open up in Leppington every week for the next 10 years, which is staggering,” says Mr Symons. “A great initiative from a similar plant at Oran Park has been to host BBQs at the end of new streets as they open up. That’s inspired us to help build up the community fabric of the area as we share our lives and the gospel with them.”
Delays in the construction of the new residence for Rev Symons’ family and other structures has meant that the plant will kick off later than originally hoped, yet Mr Symons says support from many churches, groups and individuals has them raring to go. “The church may well end up being the first community building in the area,” he says. “It’s all because the Diocese … made this sort of work a priority. A lot of people have invested prayers, money and time into this plan through New Churches for New Communities, Evangelism and New Churches, the Mission Property Committee, Geneva Push and the Wollongong Regional Council. The local mission area has also been fantastic. We’re looking forward to getting started.”
It is exciting to see the start of this new ministry in the second of NCNC’s projects.