How the church grew: Sandy Beach

Sandy Beach Baptist Church lies 20 minutes north of Coffs Harbour in New South Wales. It began as a non denominational church in 1990 and joined the Baptist Union of NSW in 1993. It was planted in one of the lowest income areas of the country, according to census figures, with more than double the national average unemployment. That and the lethargic coastal lifestyle have made ministry quite a challenge over the past decade and a half. Nevertheless, the church has witnessed an increase in attendance from 20 to 70 over the past five years. Pastor Terry Allen shares something of the journey as they have sought to revitalise their church.  (more…)