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: Illawarra Prayer Network, Wollongong Gospel Choir, Illawarra Christians Connect, and Revival Ministries.
5icm member ministries accept the teaching of the Apostle’s Creed 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 5 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 and practice 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. Some funds may be raised by the sale of resources. All funds raised 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: 200 429 270. The IMB’s BSB number is: 641 800. The account name is “Five Islands Christian Ministries Inc.” 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 combined church 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, on Facebook, Illawarra Prayer Network prayer groups and fortnightly emails, the Wollongong Gospel Choir, Gary Hetherington’s Revival Ministries, and Illawarra Christians Connect.
If you are starting, or already running a combined-church ministry in the Illawarra, why not consider joining together with us for our mutual encouragement? Send us an email and we will email 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.