Be A Member

When a person is born again by the Spirit, they are joined to be a member of the invisible universal church body. We are fellow citizens with God’s people and also members of his household (Ephesians 2:19-20). Christ left an institution in place that both affirms us as believers and helps to grow us in our Christian walk, which is the local church.

We are to belong to a spiritual community. Church membership is a formal covenant of a believer to a local visible church body for mutual growth and accountability.

Why is Church Membership Important?

Although the word “membership” is not mentioned explicitly in the Bible, scriptures in New Testament mention about the biblical basis for church membership. It can be seen:

  • In the example of the early church: believers are joined together with other believers in a local assembly (Acts 2:42-47).
  • The existence of church government: elders are given the responsibility to oversee God’s flocks (Acts 20:28, 1 Peter 5:2; 1 Thessalonians 5:12; 1 Timothy 5:17).
  • The exercise of church discipline (Matthew 18:15-17; 1 Corinthians 5:1-13; 1 Timothy 5:20; Titus 3:10-11).
  • The exhortation to mutual edification (Hebrews 10:24-25).

God calls us into covenant, not only to Himself but also to each other. We are to live a life of service to the good of the body, by serving the church with our gifts and talents. Becoming a member means making a commitment to the church, and it also means the church is making a commitment to you. We have put in place resources, trainings and a mentoring system to help you grow as a member of the church. (Click here to read more on “To Be Mentored”.)

How Do I Become A Member of Hope?

Step 1:
Attend “Join The Vision” class.

The purpose of this membership class is:

  • To hear and understand the fundamental beliefs and core values of Hope Church.
  • To learn about what it means to be planted in a local church.
  • To discover how you can practically grow and serve in Hope Church.

*This membership class is mandatory for membership.

Step 2:
Water baptism and baptism of the Holy Spirit (if needed).

Baptism is your next step toward membership if you have acknowledged Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour, and have not been baptised. At Hope Church, we practice water baptism by full immersion and we believe that baptism of the Holy Spirit comes with the initial sign of speaking in tongues.

Step 3:
Apply for membership.

You will receive a membership application form at the end of the membership class. Express your interest to your leaders in becoming a church member. Once filled and submitted, join other new members as we celebrate you on one of our “Join The Vision” services!

How do I Transfer My Membership from Another Church?

You don’t have to transfer membership. As long as you meet the criteria described above, you can become a member here.

Can I be a Member if I were Water Baptised in Another Church?

If you were water baptised in another church through the method of sprinkling and wish to become a member of this church, we request that you agree to be water baptism by immersion. For immersion is the actual meaning of the Gk baptizo from which the English translation baptize is derived. We believe it fully reflects Jesus’ own water baptism and is a closer representation of Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection.

This in no way negates your spiritual experience and choice of being previously baptised in a different way. We are not denying or questioning your spiritual experience. But encouraging you to come into a more complete obedience to God. All of us are on a journey of faith with God. And we are only able to respond and obey Him to the extent of our understanding at any point of time. In Acts 19:1-7 in Ephesus we find a similar situation where some believers were only water baptized by John the Baptist for repentance. Apostle Paul instructed them more fully and they all were water baptized by immersion into the name of the Lord Jesus.

We are all on a journey in our understanding of God and in our faith. Being sprinkled may just be part of that journey of your faith. Thank God for your sincerity. Now you discover a more complete way. Like for Apollos who eventually gained a more fuller understanding of Christ through Priscilla and Aquila. It is like studying a particular aspect of science in primary school. Then we cover the same matter in high school and then in university. And each time it is with much greater detail, more comprehensive, more complex, more fully. What we learnt in primary was a great simplification, incomplete. It wasn’t wrong. But it was part of the educational journey. Similarly, we encourage all to come into a fuller obedience and experience of water baptism by immersion.

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WILSON LIM

Pastor Wilson Lim is the founding and senior pastor for Hope Church in Brisbane and also serves as an Elder with Hope International Ministries. He was a former research scientist with CSIRO. Pastor Wilson also serves on the Board of a community services organization, Australian Care and Trauma Services (ACTS) and previously on an interdenominational Bible college. He is recognised for his balanced, in-depth teaching and engaging-style of expository preaching. His passion is teaching, equipping leaders and building the church.  He travels extensively to minister to HIM churches in different parts of the world.

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SIMON ENG

Pastor Simon Eng graduated as a Civil Engineer from Melbourne, Australia. In 1992, together with a team, they pioneered Hope Kuching and the church has successfully produced many leaders and pioneers to this day. In 2001, Pastor Simon and family moved back to Kuala Lumpur to be the Senior Pastor of Hope Kuala Lumpur. Pastor Simon is currently also the President of Hope International Ministries. He travels extensively to minister to various regional churches of Hope. He loves to build God’s people and is actively serving to fulfill God’s Great Commission.

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RAVI SUNDAR

Rev. D. Ravi Sundar is a leader with zeal, committed to God-given vision and founded Shalom Church in Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India in the year 2001. Pastor Ravi is a well-known and well-respected preacher who has traveled to over 16 nations declaring the good news of our Lord Jesus Christ in Churches, sharing principles of leadership at Seminars, encouraging pastors conducting prayer drives and planted 76 churches across the countries Sri Lanka, Fiji and Philippines.

A shepherd at heart, he identifies and understands the challenges of pastoral ministry and makes every effort to uplift pastors and their families. He strongly believes that Church must make an impact on society. The ministry of Pastor Ravi reaches to thousands of people across India and his messages are a blessing to the sick, the brokenhearted and to those who are helpless.

 

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EARLY BIRD (ends 31/5)

WA, NZ & International

Adults / Youth / Family (2 adults plus kids under 4) - $124

QLD, NSW, VIC, SA, TAS

Adults - $144
Youth (13 - 17 years) - $124
Family (2 adults plus kids under 4) - $144

What's included?

  • A cup of freshly brew coffee
  • All meals provided (3 lunches & 2 dinners)
  • Refreshments
  • Special demographic sphere sessions for families, working adults, uni students and youth.

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NORMAL PRICING

WA, NZ & International

Adults / Youth (13 - 17 years) / Family (2 adults plus kids under 4) - $149

QLD, NSW, VIC, TAS, SA

Adults - $179
Youth (13 - 17 years) - $159
Family (2 adults plus kids under 4) - $179

What's included?

  • A cup of freshly brew coffee
  • All meals provided (3 lunches & 2 dinners)
  • Refreshments
  • Special demographic sphere sessions for families, working adults, uni students and youth.

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PART-TIME

All Part-Time Registrations

1. 1 x full-day - $60
2. 2 x night sessions - $60
3. 1 x full-day + 2 x night sessions - $110

**No meal provided for part-time registration

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KIDS CONFERENCE

PRICE

$15 (without meal)
$55 (with 3 lunches and 2 dinners)

Kids conference is a fun, safe and action-packed program with music, bible-teaching lessons and games for children, which runs concurrently with all sessions at Oceania Convention. This conference is for children from Prep – Grade 6.

PROGRAM

5 JULY
8:45 / Sign in
9:00 / Session 1 (Worship & Bible Lession)
10:40 / Morning Tea
11:00 / Lunch
13:00 / Session 3 & Outdoor Fun
15:00 / Finish
18:00 / Night Session 1 & Movie Night
20:30 / Finish

7 JULY
8:45 / Sign in
9:00 / Worship with main congregation
9:45 / Back in Room
10:15 / Morning Tea
10:45 / Session 7, Wrap Up, Prayer and Soaking
12:00 / Finish

6 JULY
8:45 / Sign in
9:00 / Session 4 (Worship & Bible Lession)
10:40 / Morning Tea
11:00 / Session 5
12:00 / Lunch
13:30 / Session 6, Talent Time
14:45 / Finish
18:00 / Night Session 2, Camp Fire & Showtime
20:30 / Finish

Photographs will be taken at the Kids’ Conference. Please advise the conference organiser or the photographer on the day if you do not wish for your photo to be taken.

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PROGRAM

Thursday, 5 July

Registration: 8:30am
Session 1: 9:00am
Break: 10:40am
Session 2: 11:00am
Lunch: 12:00pm
Breakout Sessions: 1:00pm
Free Time: 3:00pm
Dinner: 4:45pm
Session 3: 6:00pm

Saturday, 7 July

Session 7: 9:00am
Break: 10:40am
Session 8: 11:20am
Closing: 12:05pm
Lunch: 12:20pm

Friday, 6 July

Session 4: 9:00am
Break: 10:40am
Session 5: 11:00am (demographic spheres)
Lunch: 12:00pm
Breakout Sessions: 1:30pm (optional)
Free Time: 2:45pm
Dinner: 4:45pm
Session 6: 6:00pm (Missions)

(Schedule is subject to change)

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Breakout & Demographics Spheres

This session is to provide the avenue for people who are passionate about living out love on a particular frontline, to come together and exchange practical ideas of doing it personally or together.

Day 1 / Breakout Topics

/ Parenting Children with Challenging Behaviour: To encourage & inspire parents to live and love from God’s perspective through every season of parenting.

/ Swimming Against The Tide: To inspire youth to live out who God calls them to be, in the midst of pressures and expectations of who the world that tells them they should be.

/ Sharing Hope in Crisis: To shed light of God’s heart for people in dealing with crisis in life (could be day-to-day life events). To learn how we can be the hands and feet to bring hope into the situation.

/ Simplify Your Life for the Gospel: To inspire the church to live a life uncompromised and worthy of the gospel on a daily basis. To challenge people to drop the ‘baggage’ hindering them to soar in faith.

/ Apologetics (Evidence that demands a verdict): To learn to provide answers to tough questions about our Christian faith.

/ Discipling Millennnials: To equip mentors and leaders to impact to the millennial generation while still being relevant to them.

/ How to develop leadership skills for life: To encourage people and provide tips on how to be a good steward and learn to lead in life (outside the church).

Day 2 / Demographic Spheres

/ Married Couples: Getting Real about Marriage

/ Working Adults: God at Work, 9 to 5 Window, Thank God it's Monday!

/ Students: Living in God's Mission Field

/ Youth: Outlive Your Life, Maximise the Moment

Day 2 / Breakout Topics (Optional)

/ I want to communicate God's Word to others in a helpful way

/ I want to finance God's kingdom (working adults)

/ I want to raise godly children (families)

/ I want to reach communities

/ I want to reach out to my colleagues (working adults)

/ I want to reach out to my parents/siblings

/ I want to reach out through the creative arts

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TRAVEL & ACCOMODATION

Hotels

Robertson Gardens
Calamvale Hotel
AirBnB
Quest Eight Mile Plains

**Discount available at Quest Apartments - use discount code HOPE.

Interstate Delegates

Please book your flights to leave Brisbane after 5pm.

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CONTACT US

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Pre-School Program

We understand that it can be challenging for parents with tiny tots to attend a full-day conference. Therefore, in this conference, we will be providing preschool daytime program for children from 2 years old to pre-prep. So that the parents can enjoy the conference while the little ones are taken care by our wonderful volunteers.

Share Your Story

Sharing your story is simply telling what God has done in your life. Your story is a gift from God to bless others.

We love to celebrate every story we receive and we always look for opportunities to share what God is doing in the lives of people at Hope through events, social media, and online.

Whether you’ve been with us since day one or just joined us recently, we want to hear your story! If you need help putting your story into words, try this simple step-by-step writing guide.

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FAQ

How do I register for the conference?
You can register here

What does the conference fee covered?
The ticket include the participation in Oceania Convention 2018, material needed for the conference, 5 meals and 1 free coffee from our lovely barista!

Are meals provided during OC2018?
You will receive 2 morning teas, 3 lunches and 2 dinners. Due to a wide range of food allergies and dietary restrictions, we are unable to accommodate special requests regarding meals. However, once meal has been served to delegates, anyone needing to purchase other food will be released to do so.

Where can I find the conference schedule?
Please visit our full conference program here [insert program link]

How can I register for breakout session?
No pre-registration required for all the breakout sessions. Sessions pass will be available each morning to be pick-up by delegates. Please note that there is a capacity limit for each breakout session. It is delegate’s responsibility to make sure that they get into their desired breakout session.

Is there a part-time registration?
Yes, we do offer a range of part-time registration package. You can refer to our part-time registration details for the pricing. Please note that the registration is only available after 31st May.

Can my kids come to conference?
Yes definitely! To make it possible for parents with tiny tots to engage and enjoy the conference, we are providing a preschool daytime program for children from 2 years old to pre-prep. We’ll do our best to care for and love on your little ones! We also have Kids Conference available for children from pre-school to Grade 6.

How do I organise accommodation?
If you book through Quest Eight Mile Plain, you can receive a discount rate by entering the promo code “HOPE”. Otherwise, you can visit our Travel & Accomodation [Insert link] for other options.

Can I transfer my registration to another person?
Please note that tickets purchased for Oceania Convention 2018 are non-refundable. Tickets are transferable to another individual at any time. We thank you in advance for not asking for exceptions.

Can I cancelled my registration?
Please note that tickets purchased for OC2018 are non-refundable. Tickets are transferable to another individual at any time. If you wish to do that, please contact [email protected] We thank you in advance for not asking for exceptions.

How do I contact OC2018 if I have a question about my purchase?
Please kindly email [email protected]

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