Hills Church is a local church filled with everyday people,
striving to follow Jesus Christ and spread his message
of hope into our community.

WE BELIEVE

We believe in God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. We believe that Jesus Christ the Son suffered in our place on the cross, that he died but rose again, that he now sits at the Father’s right hand until he returns to judge all people at the last day.

We believe in the Holy Scriptures as the inspired and inerrant Word of God.

We believe that by the grace of God every person has the ability and responsibility to choose between right and wrong, and that those who repent of their sin and believe in the Lord Jesus Christ are justified by faith.

We believe that God not only counts believers as righteous, but that he makes them righteous, freeing them of sin’s dominion at conversion, purifying their hearts by faith and perfecting them in love at entire sanctification, and providing for their growth in grace at every stage of their spiritual life, enabling them through the presence and power of the Holy Spirit to live a victorious life.

WHAT TO EXPECT

At Hills Church, the atmosphere is always relaxed and casual. We typically start each service with a time of singing praise to God. Hills has a long tradition of training our young people in contemporary music and worship leading. We have several bands that each strive for excellence. The music can be upbeat and celebratory at the start. We also often have a quieter time to reflect to both personally and together enter into God’s presence.

Young children and their teachers are then dismissed to attend Kidszone. Following a time of prayer and announcements, someone will have prepared something inspirational from the Bible (usually one of our Pastors). This message usually lasts for about 20-30 minutes.

WHAT IS A WESLEYAN?

The Wesleyan Methodist Church of Australia is part of a world-wide evangelical denomination with ministries in USA, Britain, Canada and Australia as well as over 40 other countries.

In a very real sense the church owes its origin to the great spiritual awakening of the 18th century when God raised up John and Charles Wesley. The Wesleyan revival soon spread from England to America where churches were established, and extraordinary growth in spiritual and numerical strength took place. Methodism was initially a movement stressing evangelism and a closer walk with God. Wesley determined to do all he could to make disciples who grew in every aspect of their spiritual and practical life. This is what set the Methodists apart from many other movements at the time and led to real transformation of the church and society at large.

Early American Methodism was faithful to Wesley’s emphasis in doctrine and Christian conduct. However, Methodist ministers were pressured not to agitate for the abolition of slavery. Denied the right to exercise their consciences in this matter, many withdrew from the Methodist Episcopal Church. In 1843 the Wesleyan Methodist Church grew out of this reform movement. Our denomination, therefore, did not have its beginnings over a doctrinal issue.

During the Second World War many Christians became acutely aware of the great spiritual needs of the Australian people and prayed for an awakening. Following an encounter by the Rev. Kingsley Ridgway, with an American Wesleyan serviceman, contact was made with the Wesleyan Methodist Church of America. After the literature was studied, an invitation was extended to the movement to open work in Australia and an encouraging, affirmative answer was received.

A handful of people attended services, and from this group sprang a movement burdened for “the spreading of Scriptural holiness across the land”. In 1947 the Inaugural Conference was held and a Bible College commenced. We currently have almost 100 churches spanning all Australian states.

Although a church has been on this site since 1947, the Wesleyan Church began here with a handful of people in November 1981. Since then God has used Hills Church to continue developing disciples and building the kingdom of God. We would love you to join us in the task of making disciples in the Wesley tradition here at Hills.

For further info see our denominational web site: wesleyan.org.au

OUR HISTORY

Hills Church (originally Everton Hills Wesleyan Methodist Church) was born on the shores of the Burnett River just outside of Bunderburg. There a small core of families from Ferny Hills gathered with the Rev. Don Hardgrave during Easter 1981.

The first service commenced on December 6, 1981 at 79 Queens Rd, Everton Hills which had been rented from the Baptist Church.

In May 1982 a faith step was taken to purchase the property from the Baptist Church.

1986 saw the arrival of Pastor Phil and Leslie McCallum from the USA to take on the role of senior pastor.

Over the years the congregation grew rapidly, and by 1989, had out grown the current building on Queens Road. The decision to move to McDowall State School was made. This gave the church much more room to grow.

During this time at McDowall State School, work began on building a brand new larger auditorium behind the existing church on Queens Road. This facility was built to hold up to 450 people at a time. The Foundation Stone was laid on December 23, 1991.

The current church auditorium was officially opened and the first service was held on December 12, 1992.

Since then, the church has gone through many changes, but the focus has always been the same, to reach the community for Christ. With the churches focus on community services it has become well known in and around the Hills District as a welcoming place where people can come and not only get assistance, but to also learn about God and receive discipleship.

Everyone at Hills Church would like to welcome you to join us this Sunday.

THE FUTURE

As part of Vision Sunday 2017, we gave a small preview of future plans for Hills Church as part of our 10 year plan to upgrade the facilities in and around the Hills Church property. One of the future projects we plan to implement is an upgrade to the Op Shop and the building of a community café.

Stay tuned for more updates.

OUR VALUES

PEOPLE

PEOPLE

It might sound odd to list this as a value, but in order to make a disciple, this is the starting point. A person who is not a christian is unable to become a disciple. Our church places emphasis on helping people come to faith but it does not stop there. Some Christians have made the initial commitment to Christ but are happy just to sit in church rather than be challenged to live the disciples life. That’s why we value seeing people commit to Christ as new believers and continue that commitment as growing believers. Without this fundamental value in place it is rare for a believer to become a disciple (a person who acts like, sounds like and lives like Jesus).

This plays itself out in the following ways:

– We regularly run events designed to introduce people to Jesus
– We will always call for commitment to the discipleship process from people who attend our church
– Our teaching and programs emphasize this commitment

THE WORD OF GOD

THE WORD OF GOD

A second important principle to living the disciples life is to develop the ability to listen to what God is telling you. One of the most obvious ways is to listen to His words in His book, the Bible. Our emphasis on reading the Bible for your self is not about a religious exercise. It is not about gaining some kind of cosmic points for the fact that you did it. It is about putting yourself in the place where you are immersed in God’s Word so that you are more likely to hear God’s voice. Living the disciples life is about learning to follow his voice.

This plays itself out in the following ways:

– We will always teach from the Bible emphasising how God wants us to act as a disciple
– We will encourage you to regularly read your bible
– We offer courses and aids to encourage you to read your bible in order to develop as a disciple
– Since we value the word we also support organizations that get the word into the hands of the people (translators, distributors and those who help oral learners)

PRAYER

PRAYER

A further help to listening and communicating with God is prayer. We believe this is indispensable for a developing disciple. Prayer is communication with God. It is not just talking it is also listening. A believer who does not pray severely restricts the discipleship process in their life. Communication is the life blood of relationship and it is no different between the believer and God. Prayer is a powerhouse of the church as well. A praying church is an impacting church. We not only talk about prayer but we are doing what we can to see this happen in the life of the disciple and the life of the church.

This plays itself out in the following ways

– We pray in every service and at the end of every service for your needs
– We have regular prayer meetings around a cause
– We have regular corporate prayer and focused prayer
– We also support others who encourage prayer

GOD

GOD

We mention God here because a disciple needs to be in an intimate relationship with God. Our desire at Hills Church is to understand God in his fullness as a Trinitarian God. God is Father, Son and Holy Spirit and while at times we need to emphasize one part of his nature we choose to bring balance to this. At times we must teach on Jesus since it is through him we are saved, but we must also equally understand the Father heart of God and how we are his children. Of course this emphasis alone without an understanding of the Holy Spirit and the power and comfort he brings to believers is also short of the mark.

This plays itself out in the following ways

– We will regularly teach on God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit and we will encourage you to get to know God intimately
– We pray in every service and at the end of every service for your needs
– We have regular prayer meetings around a cause
– We have regular corporate prayer and focused prayer
– We also support others who encourage prayer

MISSIONS

MISSIONS

When Jesus gave the great commission, he gave it to disciples. We have often thought that this only applies to the church we attend, and while this is true it sometimes leaves us forgetting that the responsibility lies with me. Evangelism is MY job as a disciple, discipling another person is MY job as a disciple. While we can do things together to help each other we will be no more effective unless we are individually living out the great commission. Jesus told his disciples to “Go and make disciples of all nations” (Matthew 28:18). At Hills Church we believe that our job is to equip you for “the works of ministry” (Ephesians 4:12). It is your job as a disciple to minister to others and we will do all we can to help you.

This plays itself out in the following ways

– We will regularly teach on God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit and we will encourage you to get to know God intimately
– We pray in every service and at the end of every service for your needs
– We have regular prayer meetings around a cause
– We have regular corporate prayer and focused prayer
– We also support others who encourage prayer

SERVING

SERVING

We also value serving one and other. Jesus set the example by washing his disciple’s feet, and after he had completed this task he said something profound. “I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. Very truly I tell you, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.” (John 13:15-17). As disciples at Hills Church we also take this advice of Jesus seriously. You can expect two things. The first of these is that you will not be lorded over as a disciple you will be led and served. Second, while you can expect to be served you will also be expected to serve. Unfortunately our society has been trained to be independent when God’s plan was that we be interdependent. Christianity was never about what I can get without including what I can give.

This plays itself out in the following ways

– You can expect leaders who are servants
– You can expect not to be manipulated or controlled
– You will be asked to serve others in various ways in and around the church and in the community
– We will regularly teach on God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit and we will encourage you to get to know God intimately
– We pray in every service and at the end of every service for your needs
– We have regular prayer meetings around a cause
– We have regular corporate prayer and focused prayer
– We also support others who encourage prayer

LEADERSHIP TEAM

Pastor Nathan Bell
Pastor Nathan BellLEAD PASTOR
Pastor Steve Van Der Poel
Pastor Steve Van Der PoelASSISTANT PASTOR
Kerry Fittell
Kerry FittellADMIN ASSISTANT
Chris Russell
Chris RussellHILLS FAMILY SUPPORT & HILLS LADIES

THE TEAM

Kate SouthwardSMALL GROUPS
Julie StoneOP SHOP
Julie MissendenPLAYGROUP
Linda SmithCOFFEE SHOP
Hannah and Nathan GriffithHILLS KIDS
Kathy WhitfieldHILLS YOUTH
Esther and Mitchell UssherWORSHIP MINISTRY
Dave and Anna OettingerYOUNG ADULTS
Jared BellMEDIA
Paul MillsCHRISTIANS AGAINST POVERTY
MEN'S MINISTRY

FACILITIES HIRE

Main Auditorium

Our auditorium purposely designed to make your next event or wedding something special. The church complex is a somewhat different to the architecture of traditional cathedrals, allowing for a wide variety of uses. Besides the 450 seat auditorium, it includes a courtyard area which is perfect for morning and afternoon teas, a commercial kitchen, a large car park, toilet facilities and a board room.  The Hills Church Auditorium is fitted with modern sound, lighting and media equipment, making it flexible for almost any occasion. Our auditorium is air conditioned for your guests comfort all year round.

The Cubby

This demountable building is primarily used for our Sunday School, but also makes a great venue for small meetings or class room style seminars with numbers under 25. We can configure this building with tables and chairs in a format to suit your needs.

BOOKING ENQUIRY

OTHER QUESTIONS YOU MAY HAVE

We believe that God extends His love to people of all ages, from all walks of life and from all nations and cultures and we treasure the contribution that each can make to the life of our church family.
While most people who come to our church service have already found a new life through Jesus, some are just starting out down the road of spiritual searching. If that’s you, then be assured that our open door definitely extends to you. Feel free to come and ask us questions during the time after a Sunday morning service or drop by our cafe or make a booking at the church office during weekdays to chat with one of our team. We’ll do our best to listen to your personal and spiritual needs and guide you in some of the next steps.
When you first arrive on a Sunday morning there should be someone to greet you and help you find a place to sit. Make sure you allow plenty of time after the service to get to know us over a cup of tea or coffee.
On the last Sunday of every month we hold a visitors lounge immediately after the service which is a great opportunity for you to get to meet some of our church pastors and elders. We want to get to know you better.
All of our facilities including the church are at 79 Queens Roads Everton Hills, Brisbane – close to the Rode Road roundabout. You can find a map at the bottom of this page to help you find us easily.
There is no fixed end time but it generally lasts about 90 minutes (9AM – 10:30AM).
But wait … there’s more! I see so many people rush in and then rush out the door and we never get to know each other. Make sure you allow plenty of time after the service to join us in over a relaxed cup of tea or coffee so you can get to know us. Otherwise you’ve missed a big part of what Hills is really all about.
Dress in something that you find relaxing and comfortable. Smart casual is the norm. You’re welcome to get dressed up in something rather special but that’s not expected. Out of consideration for our church family, please dress modestly.
Just send our office an email office@hillschurch.org.au or call us on 07 3353 1427