Who We Are

 

Our Story

Everyone is welcome, nobody is perfect, and anything is possible with God and together – that’s our story.

 Jesus is our message and life. Helping people be followers (disciples) of Jesus is our passion. 

 We believe that following Jesus makes us alive, that it happens in community, and that God is on a mission to restore all things, including each of us. 

 Our desire is to be a part of the Good things happening in Canberra and beyond.

 Because Jesus is God, and God looks like Jesus, it changes the way we think, feel, and live this life.

 CIC has a rich history going back to 1968, founded by Finnish immigrants having a heart for nations. This global perspective has always been important to us even as we've focused more on serving the diverse local community in Canberra. 

Whatever your journey so far, we’d love to see you and hear your story.

 


 

Our Purpose

Our purpose is to make disciples of Jesus for the glory of God, locally and globally, near and far. 

 


Our Team

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Klaus Lehtimäki
Senior Pastor
I was born in Australia, lived mostly abroad, now happily back in Canberra with wife and three children. I like gathering around a meal with laughter and good conversation, live music / sport events, movies and a bit of outdoors. I'm in the process of learning to be more human and fully alive. Passionate about people getting to experience all of God’s best and about making followers of Jesus.
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Antti Haavisto
Creative
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Martti Kämppi
Finnish Ministry & Seniors
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Tanya & Elina
Children
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Elders
Board of Management


 

Values & Beliefs

We believe that the Bible is God’s Word. It is accurate, authoritative and applicable to our every day lives.

We believe in one eternal God who is the Creator of all things. He exists in three Persons: God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. He is totally loving and completely holy.

We believe that sin has separated each of us from God and His purpose for our lives.

We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ as both God and man is the only One who can reconcile us to God. He lived a sinless and exemplary life, died on the cross in our place, and rose again to prove His victory and empower us for life.

We believe that in order to receive forgiveness and the ‘new birth’ we must repent of our sins, believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, and submit to His will for our lives.

We believe that in order to live the holy and fruitful lives that God intends for us, we need to be baptised in water and be filled with the power of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit enables us to use spiritual gifts, including speaking in tongues which is the initial evidence of baptism in the Holy Spirit.

We believe that God has individually equipped us so that we can successfully achieve His purpose for our lives which is to worship God, fulfil our role in the Church and serve the community in which we live.

We believe that God wants to heal and transform us so that we can live healthy and prosperous lives in order to help others more effectively.

We believe that our eternal destination of either Heaven or hell is determined by our response to the Lord Jesus Christ.

We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ is coming back again as He promised.

 


 

Global Missions

Our heart is to reach the nations with the good news of the love, forgiveness and new life in Jesus. We send and support global mission workers in several locations and also offer opportunities for short term field trips.