In late 2015, Sam & Hannah sat down in a small cafe on the outskirts of Adelaide and began to put language to a dream that God had been stirring in their hearts. This dream has now affectionately become known as our ‘manifesto’.
Our manifesto is a powerful collection of 13 descriptive statements that make the vision of novachurch clear. Our manifesto was written not from the present looking forward but from the future looking back.
1. WE ARE AN EXPANSIVE CHURCH WITH EXPLOSIVE ENERGY
A church whose rapid growth cannot be contained by buildings, explained by reason or restrained by location
2. WE ARE AN AUTHENTIC CHURCH WITH A WARM HEART
A church whose authenticity and openness creates wide-open spaces for genuine community
3. WE ARE A PIONEERING CHURCH WITH AN ADVENTUROUS SPIRIT
A church where audacious faith sees impossible dreams become present realities
4. WE ARE AN INNOVATIVE CHURCH WITH A CREATIVE SOUL
A church that reaches our culture through compelling art, cutting-edge media and an entrepreneurial mindset
5. WE ARE A GENEROUS CHURCH WITH AN OPEN HAND
A church who freely releases our time, talent and treasure to see the kingdom of God thrive on the earth
6. WE ARE A RELATIONAL CHURCH WITH ABUNDANT HOSPITALITY
A church whose hospitality ‘feels like family’ to people from every walk of life
7. WE ARE A PRAYING CHURCH WITH AN ELECTRIC ATMOSPHERE
A church whose atmosphere is charged with the faith of God’s people and a tangible touch of God’s presence
8. WE ARE A UNIFIED CHURCH WITH A SINGLE VISION
A church whose un-breakable unity attracts the favour of God in an unprecedented measure
9. WE ARE AN INFLUENTIAL CHURCH WITH A PRESENCE THAT IS FELT
A church whose influence is a tangible reality in our cities, nations and world.
10. WE ARE A SOUL-WINNING CHURCH WITH A PASSION FOR REVIVAL
A church of new beginnings that sees both stadiums and homes alike, overflowing with people finding Jesus
11. WE ARE A GENERATIONAL CHURCH WITH A LEADERSHIP CULTURE
A church that is consumed at every level, with raising and multiplying world-class leaders
12. WE ARE A WORSHIPPING CHURCH WITH A PROPHETIC VOICE
A church that births God-breathed songs that prophesy to the nations and stir the faith of the generations
13. WE ARE A JESUS-CENTRED CHURCH WITH A HUNGER FOR HIS PRESENCE
A church who passionately believes that fulfilment in life is found in both the revelation of Christ’s finished work on the cross and an on-going experience of the Holy Spirit’s presence.