What We Believe

We are an evangelical Christian community located in the heart of the Gold Coast, Queensland. We believe that the gospel of Jesus Christ changes lives and we are His hands and feet in the world.

We are a multi-generational and multi-ethnic family that hosts 5 weekend worship services. Newlife holds to a reformed, evangelical and historically orthodox view of the Christian faith. The confessional substance of our beliefs can be found in the Basis of Union. Most importantly, we believe that:

  • God is Father, Son and Holy Spirit one God, known in three persons, and is defined by the dynamic and loving interaction between those three persons.  God is Love. (1 John 4:8)
  • The Bible, including both the Old and New Testaments, is the inspired Word of God.
  • On the Cross Jesus made an all-sufficient sacrifice for the sins of the world, and that when we confess him as Lord and believe God raised him from the dead, we are saved from eternal judgement and receive the promise of eternal life (new life) in him. (Romans 10:9)
  • The church is the Priesthood of all believers, where every member of the church has gifts given by the Holy Spirit and for which there is a corresponding service.
  • The church, empowered by the Holy Spirit, has an Acts 1:8 mandate and a Matthew 28 commission to witness to Jesus and go and make disciples of all the world.

Vision & Values

When these values are lived out in humble submission to the will of God we believe Newlife
will always be a place where Authentic Transformation (personal, local and global – Romans
1:15-17, 2 Corinthians 3:18, 1 Corinthians 1:17-18) takes place for the glory of God.

SCRIPTUAL DISCERNMENT 
Centering our lives on God’s written Word we will allow scripture and the Holy Spirit to guide
and direct us as we encounter God’s living Word (Christ). (Matthew 22:29, Luke 24:32-45,
Romans 15:4-5, 2 Timothy 3:14-16, John 1)

CREATIVE WORSHIP
We will creatively worship God with all that we are and all that we do, passionately seeking
to find expression for people’s spiritual gifts to honour God. (Romans 12:1, 1 Corinthians 12)

FERVENT PRAYER 
We will always and in all ways, pray, knowing that only God’s direction, in God’s time and in
God’s way can we be the people God has called us to be.
(2 Chronicles 7:14, Matthew 6:5-15, Ephesians 3:14-21)

GENUINE LOVE 
We are a church that values Inviting Hospitality (Romans 12:12- 14, 1 Peter 4:8-10, 3 John
1:7-8) and Passionate Outreach (Matthew 28:16-20), Luke 15. This is best exemplified by
the value of Genuine Love. If we are a people of genuine love, we will be hospitable to all

who come to our community, but we will also seek to share the gospel out of genuine love
with everyone we come into contact with in our everyday lives.

ADVENTUROUS FAITH 
Acting out of the conviction that faith is an unfolding adventure that God calls us into, we will allow risk and utter dependency upon God to mark our journey. (Hebrews 11, 12)

EMPOWERING LEADERSHIP 
Founded on servant-hearted and Godly leadership, we will make raising, training and equipping leaders a priority – not for just for our sake, but for the kingdom. (Hebrews 13:7, Romans 12:8)

Leadership Team

PASTORAL TEAM
PASTOR MICHAEL HANDS – LEAD PASTOR
JON MORRIS – ASSOCIATE PASTOR
REV BRAD FOOTE – CROSSROADS MINSTER & FAMILIES MINISTER
NICOLA TURNER – CHILDRENS & FAMILIES PASTOR
SCOTT WRIGLEY – SERVICE PASTOR
JASON MOUNTJOY – YOUTH PASTOR
ANNA COUSTON – YOUNG ADULTS AND SMALL GROUPS PASTOR

EXECUTIVE TEAM
LIZ MCNAMEE – EXECUTIVE COORDINATOR & EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT TO MIKE HANDS
COREY LUN – GENERAL MANAGER
ROB COLLINS – EXECUTIVE OFFICER NEWLIFE CARE

ELDERS
Rick van Drimmelen – Chair of Elders
Damon Sutherland – Deputy Chair of Elders
Liz McNamee – Secretary of Elders (staff)
Bronwynne Greenway – Elder
Dr Tash Yates – Elder
Rev Bruce Moore – Elder
Donna Pistol – Elder
Liz Giovas – Elder
Dr Martin Panter – Elder
Mark Peters – Elder