We’re a mixed bunch! From babies to grandparents, from different backgrounds and life circumstances, including a network Persian believers. We believe we all benefit from experiencing a rich community where people from all walks of life can share and grow together.
Want to to find out more about membership?
Membership is open to those who have faith in Christ, have been baptised and are actively involved in the life of the church. Members are invited to meet on a regular basis to discern God’s direction for the church and to appoint the key leaders.
More info? See the linked pamphlet 'Let's talk about Membership' or [email Simon](mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org?subject=Website%20enquiry%20re.%20Membership).
In 1850, a group of Christians came together at Coromandel Valley to worship God. Their roots were mainly Wesleyan (which was later referred to as Methodist), Baptist and Congregationalist with family links back to the UK.
Refer the two linked documents for a history of events from 1850 to 2000 of the Wesleyan/Methodist/Uniting Church at Coromandel Valley (written by Max Winter) and a description of the main changes to the body life of Coromandel Valley Methodist/Uniting Church between 1965 and 2000 including the influence of the Youth Group and the charismatic renewal movement (written by Ray Elford).
CoroUniting holds a reformed, evangelical and historically orthodox view of the Christian faith. This [blog post](https://www.firstthings.com/blogs/firstthoughts/2009/10/stott-on-the-essence-of-evangelicalism) helpfully describes what we mean by 'evangelical'.
We believe that God, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, is actively drawing people to Himself to trust him for salvation, life and joy-filled purpose.
We believe the Bible is the inspired word of God that reveals Jesus Christ. It has ultimate authority in faith and life for the church.
Our identity as individuals and a community – and subsequently all that we do together – is founded on God’s all-encompassing grace. We come together to know and love God, to learn from Jesus through the Bible and to love one another by God’s Spirit. Corporately, God calls us into the world to preach the good news of Jesus and demonstrate his compassion, mercy and justice.
See the linked Doctrinal Statement for a more in-depth statement of what we believe.
As a church, we are part of the [Uniting Church SA](http://sa.uca.org.au/), adhering to the Basis of Union. The Uniting Church SA is in turn part of the [National Assembly](http://assembly.uca.org.au/) of the Uniting Church in Australia.
At a State level, the Uniting Church is divided into Mission Networks that are designed to encourage different aspects of the mission of the church. CoroUniting is part of the [Hope Mission Network](http://hopenet.ucasa.org.au/), which has churches spread widely across the state. It is based on an understanding of the Gospel which we call evangelical, orthodox and reformed, as expressed in the linked HopeNet MOU.
The Hope Network holds an annual conference, a ministers’ retreat and regional seminars. A network minister provides teaching and stimulates evangelism throughout the state. In this way, CoroUniting is intrinsically linked with other churches in seeking the renewal of the church wherever it is.
The vision for our church comes from Colossians 1:28. In all that we are and all that we do, we aim to proclaim Jesus, "so that we may present everyone fully mature in Christ."
As we do this, we focus our energies in ministry on the below focal points:
being a place of healing and transformation through the gospel of Jesus
encouraging faith formation across all ages
being a truly intergenerational community
continuing our commitment to cross cultural mission and
intentionally connecting with our local community
CoroUniting has both a Church Council and a Staff Team as well as many other people who exercise their God-given gifts in leadership at various levels.
Our Church Council provides spiritual oversight, leadership and strategic direction to the life of the church and comprises several Elders (elected by the congregation) and our Minister, Simon Dent. The Church Council meets monthly and is currently chaired by Wes Chambers.
Our Staff Team, led by Simon, facilitates and encourages the growth and nurturing of the church as a whole.