About Eltham Baptist Church

Eltham Baptist Church is a vibrant, family friendly church located just 40 minutes drive from the heart of Melbourne in a beautiful bushland setting.

We have been gathering together as a church since 1987. For over 20 years, we met in a High School Hall but more recently have moved to our new site on Nyora Rd. “Nyora” is a word meaning “native cherry” and reflects the fact that for many years the area was a fruit orchard owned by Frank Stokes. Many years ago, Frank gifted 10% of it to be used for God’s work. The 12.4 acres where we now meet is a beautiful bushland setting in the heart of Eltham and how we got there is nothing short of a miracle! It’s a beautiful site with a natural amphitheatre that has been used for many memorable events.

The real story of EBC is about people though, and the way in which God has met, grown and used his people to bring his love to others. For this, we give him all the glory. In fact - if you’re ever able to visit with us - you’ll see a sign saying just that. “Soli Deo Gloria” (Glory to God Alone).

Over the last few years we have been intentional about growing in our relationships with God, with one another and as a family. As a result, we see the need to develop the site on which we gather to better house the ministries of the church. Whilst at times we feel our reach is small, we serve a God whose reach is large and feel very privileged to be a part of that both here and overseas.

We’ve been quite taken by the imagery Jesus used in describing life with him as like a vine and its branches. The key is all about abiding in him - staying connected. Fruit is the inevitable result of abiding and this brings glory to God. John 15:8 says, “This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.” This is what we aspire to, our vision of who we’re becoming and why:

As passionate disciples of Jesus Christ,
we desire to live fruitful lives
so our God is seen for who He really is.

As we’ve reflected on the teachings of Jesus, there are a few things that stand out to us as really important. These things we value. We may not yet fully reflect all of them, however we’ll continue to aim to.

1) To live lives of worship

… that both express our enjoyment of God and give him glory (so that he is seen for who he really is). Pressing in with ever increasing fervency and passionate devotion, learning to love him with all that we are.

2) To anticipate God’s presence

… in all our gatherings (planned and unplanned, small and large) expressed by both our commitment to meet together and a faith filled celebration of his promise to dwell amongst us. Growing in our awareness of his constant presence, and spurring one another on.

3) To practice authentic Community

… that mirrors the unity between the Father and the Son and so reflects the family nature of the Kingdom. Ensuring that the sense of fellowship and belonging bestowed upon us through Christ permeates all our gatherings: small and large, informal and formal.

4) To serve God’s Purposes

… by being a people soaked in prayer. We see ministry as a cooperative effort with God by responding to his Spirit. As ministry is God initiated, directed and empowered, we’re constantly seeking to match passion and gifting with opportunities. Prayer first, then people, and then programs.

5) To connect through loving relationships

… that demonstrate the power of God’s love to genuinely bind us together. Allowing his nature (righteousness) to dominate our relationships and it’s outworking (justice) to unite and transform - first us - then the world.

6) To prioritise discipleship

… as we seek to submit ourselves to the teachings of Christ, obeying him and denying ourselves, following hard after his heart and deliberately taking others to the one we’re following. By the Spirit, through the word, we want to pursue a radical conformity to Christ. Allowing his grace flow to redeem, deliver, heal, build, empower, guide and unite us. Because, church happens when we make disciples.

7) To live missional lives

… that bear witness to the reality of Christ within. Living lives magnetic with the love of Christ with an intentional focus on areas of the world where such magnetism is pitifully scarce.

8) To practice servant leadership

… that demonstrates the humility of Christ to everyone in the family, empowering them to exercise their gifts, to edify (build up) others in the family and serve (through love and good deeds) those outside the church family.

The lens through which we view life is shaped by our beliefs. And so we need to be sure of what we believe. A.W.Tozer said, “The most portentous fact about any man is not what he at a given time may say or do, but what he in his deep heart conceives God to be like.” We may not always understand his ways but we can choose to believe in his character. That is to say, God is unquestionably good. In terms of our core beliefs, The Apostles Creed pretty much sums it up. A further statement of belief and our position on specific contemporary issues is available from our office on request.