About Five Islands Christian Ministries Inc.
5icm is an umbrella organisation of ecumenical ministries that serve the Illawarra region of Australia (Wollongong, Shellharbour and Kiama Council areas). Follow the links on the left to find out more about the member ministries: Wollongong Gospel Choir, Illawarra Christians Connect, Revival Ministries and Albion Park Community Church during its start up phase. The Illawarra Prayer Network is currently being transitioned to Together for the Illawarra.
5icm member ministries accept the teaching of the Apostle’s and Nicene Creeds and see Christ’s indwelling Holy Spirit as the basis of Christian unity. 5icm supports the churches' work towards greater visible church unity as expressed in the National Council of Churches in Australia Covenant. Illawarra churches can covenant locally using the Illawarra Interchurch Covenant. Already 4 churches participate.
Christians believe that God loves people unconditionally. God wants to save them and give them new life. We become a Christian by responding in faith to Jesus’ invitation to be one of God's people. Although there are differences in the teaching, practice, and government of the various churches and denominations, the apostle Paul wrote that we should be “making every effort to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace” (Ephesians 4:3). Christians believe that Christ's Spirit dwells within each of them and that he desires to reach out to everyone with the love of God.
5icm seeks to assist ecumenical ministries so that they will be more effective in serving others. Member ministries benefit from joint incorporation, charity status, insurance, Internet exposure, a contacts database, and prayer support. All Illawarra ministries and churches benefit from the prayer and support of a region-wide Christian network. If you would like further information or are interested in joining, please contact us.
Do you ask for money?
No, and Five Islands Christian Ministries Inc. does not charge for service. 5icm and its member ministries receive donations from those who wish to support these ministries. All funds received go towards the costs in running the ministries and progressing the aims of 5icm. If you want your donation directed to a specific member ministry, just let us know.
Direct deposits may be made within Australia into the 5icm IMB account (number available on request) Cheques made out to “Five Islands Christian Ministries Inc.” may be sent to the contact address below.
Five Islands Christian Ministries is a not-for-profit charity. The Australian Taxation Office classifies 5icm as a religious organisation, so donations are not tax deductible.
New Members Welcome
Membership is open to both individuals and ecumenical ministries. Anyone wishing to join 5icm needs to be a Christian and agree with the aims of 5icm. There are many possible areas of support including participation in meetings (2 each year), the 5icm website, Facebook Group "Illawarra Christians", the Clearing the Way for Jesus newsletter, the Wollongong Gospel Choir, Gary Hetherington’s Revival Ministries, and Illawarra Christians Connect.
If you are starting, or already running an ecumenical ministry in the Illawarra, why not consider joining together with us for our mutual encouragement, even if your ministry is part of a larger organisation? Send us an email and we will send you our constitution and a listing of all the benefits and responsibilites of joining 5icm.
Public Officer: Derek Thompson
Phone: 02 4256 5780
Postal: 1 O'Gorman St,
Albion Park NSW 2527
ABN 28 067 194 840
Incorporation No. INC9885093
Privacy StatementPersonal information held on the 5icm database may include name, address, email address, phone number, mobile number, church, Christian organisation, prayer group, ministers, church prayer contacts, Facebook address, birthday and 5icm comments about such things as subscription status and church position. No financial account information is included on the 5icm database. Your personal information stored on our database is available to you to read and will not be passed on to a third party. Your personal information may have been obtained from someone else and is usually obtained from publicly available sources on the Internet. You can have your details removed from our database by sending us an email although a record of your name will be retained on the 5icm database to prevent the information being added again in future.
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