(Adopted at Mount Tamborine Convention (MTC) Board meeting August, 2016)
“That Mt Tamborine Convention (operating as: Mount Tamborine Conference Centre) will be widely recognised throughout Australia as unrivalled in both location and delivery of exceptional life –enriching experiences through:
- High-quality Bible teaching
- Tranquil camping opportunities
- Exceptional purpose-built facilities catering for a variety of community needs
- An engaging and welcoming MTC community throughout the precinct
- A variety of interactive, all age programs catering for various community sectors
- A focus on world mission as a means of global transformation.”
God’s purpose is to bring His blessings to all the nations of the world (Gen 12:2, 3). That promise of blessing, which touches every aspect of human life, is ultimately fulfilled through the life, death, resurrection, ascension and future return of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
All of the people of God are called to participate in His missionary purpose, wherever He may place them. The central vision of the Mount Tamborine Convention is to see the people of God equipped, encouraged and refreshed to fulfil that calling, directed and guided by God’s Word in the power of the Spirit, for the glory of His Son, Jesus Christ.
There are three fundamental convictions which shape all that we do: hearing God’s Word, becoming like God’s Son and serving God’s mission.
Hearing God’s Word: The Scriptures are the foundation for the church’s life, growth and mission, and Mount Tamborine Convention is committed to preach and teach God’s Word in a way which is faithful to Scripture and relevant to Christians of all ages and backgrounds.
Becoming like God’s Son: From its earliest days the Keswick movement (which influenced the early development of Mount Tamborine Convention) has encouraged Christians to live godly lives in the power of the Spirit, to grow in Christ-likeness and to live under his Lordship in every area of life. This is God’s will for his people in every culture and generation.
Serving God’s mission: The authentic response to God’s Word is obedience to his mission, and the inevitable result of Christ-likeness is sacrificial service. Mount Tamborine Convention seeks to encourage committed discipleship in family life, work and society, and energetic engagement in the cause of world mission.
Mount Tamborine Convention: the events
Every year Mount Tamborine Convention hosts conventions at the Tamborine Mountain Christian Conference Centre. The Easter Convention is held over Easter and provides Bible teaching for all ages, vibrant worship, a sense of unity across generations and denominations, and an inspirational call to serve Christ in the world. It caters for children of all ages and has a strong youth and young adult program. It takes place in the beautiful context of the Mount Tamborine plateau – a perfect setting for rest, recreation and refreshment. In addition to this major event Mount Tamborine Convention runs the Seniors Get Away Convention in November and hosts other conventions such as the Christian Women’s Convention (CWCI) and the CMS Summer Program. Commencing in January 2017, Mount Tamborine Convention plans to hold the Equipped Convention which will be a multi-year leadership and training conference aimed at equipping post high school aged young adults to be effective in Bible-based ministry.
Mount Tamborine Convention and Keswick: the movement
For 140 years the work of Keswick Convention which originated in the town of Keswick in the United Kingdom has impacted churches worldwide. Today the biblically based teaching focus of the ‘Keswick message’ continues to impact the UK, as well as many parts of Europe, Asia, North America, Australia, Africa and the Caribbean. Mount Tamborine Convention has had links with Keswick since its early days. Keswick Ministries today is committed to strengthening the network in the UK and beyond, through prayer, news, pioneering and cooperative activity.
Mount Tamborine Convention: Resources
Mount Tamborine Convention makes bible teaching available through MP3 resources available through the office and as downloads through the Mount Tamborine Convention website.
Mount Tamborine Convention has adopted the following statement of beliefs as an elucidation for today of our original and official constitutional doctrinal Statement of Faith of the essential truths of Christianity, as revealed to us in the Bible, which we desire to shape every aspect of our ministry.
K.1 There is one God in three persons, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit
K.2 God is sovereign in creation, revelation, redemption and final judgement.
K.3 The Bible, as originally given, is the inspired and infallible Word of God. It is the supreme authority in all matters of belief and behaviour.
K.4 Since the fall, the whole of humankind is sinful and guilty, so that everyone is subject to God’s wrath and condemnation.
K.5 The Lord Jesus Christ, God’s incarnate son, is fully God; he was born of a virgin; his humanity is real and sinless; he died on the cross, was raised bodily from death and is now reigning over heaven and earth.
K.6 Sinful human beings are redeemed from guilt, penalty and power of sin only through the sacrificial death once and for all time of their representative and substitute, Jesus Christ, the only mediator between them and God.
K.7 Those who believe in Christ are pardoned all their sins and accepted in God’s sight only because of the righteousness of Christ credited to them; this justification is God’s act of undeserved mercy, received solely by trust in him and not by their own effort.
K.8 The Holy Spirit alone makes the work of Christ effective to individual sinners, enabling them to turn to God from their sin and to trust in Jesus Christ.
K.9 The Holy Spirit lives in all those he has regenerated. He makes them increasingly Christ-like in character and behaviour, and gives them power for their witness in the world.
K.10 The one holy universal church is the Body of Christ, to which all true believers belong.
K.11 The Lord Jesus Christ will return in person, to judge everyone, to execute God’s just condemnation on those who have not repented and to receive the redeemed to eternal glory.
Note: This Statement of Beliefs is also that of Keswick Ministries, Tyndale Fellowship & UCCF among other evangelical ministries.
Mount Tamborine Convention is committed to the deepening of the spiritual life in individuals and church communities through the careful exposition and application of Scripture, with an emphasis on the following themes:
Lordship of Christ
To encourage submission to the Lordship of Christ in all areas of personal and corporate living;
Transformation by Word and Spirit
To encourage active obedience to God’s Word through a dependency upon the indwelling and fullness of the Holy Spirit for life-transformation and effective living;
Evangelism and Mission
To provoke a strong commitment to evangelism and mission in Australia and worldwide;
To stimulate the discipling and training of people of all ages in godliness, service and sacrificial living, equipping them to participate in the mission of God in every area of life;
To provide a practical demonstration of evangelical unity across denominations and across generations;
Marriage and Family
To model and teach Christian marriage as biblically defined in a lifelong commitment between a man and a woman, and to encourage people of all ages to express biblical values in sexuality and family life.
Mount Tamborine Convention with the Keswick movement worldwide has adopted a key Pauline statement to describe its gospel inclusivity: ‘for you are all one in Christ Jesus’ (Gal 3:28). The Convention works with evangelicals from a wide variety of church backgrounds, on the understanding that they share a commitment to the essential truths of the Christian faith as set out in our statement of belief.
All who speak on behalf of Mount Tamborine Convention are asked to display sensitivity and generosity of spirit on the wide range of issues where evangelicals, in good conscience, hold a variety of opinions. Founded on our unity in Christ and our shared understanding of evangelical truth, we expect those who minister among us to expound scripture with clarity and faithfulness, but respectfully ask them not to use the Convention platform to campaign for particular positions on secondary issues. Recognising that Scripture allows for legitimate difference on such matters (Romans 14: 1-15: 13), we lay these aside for the purpose of our ministry together.
Our Work Together:
We are committed to Christ-like relationships of honesty, generosity and integrity in all areas of our work together. We want our relationships to be governed by fundamental Biblical imperatives- 2 Timothy 3: 16-17 (NIV).
- 16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.
These Biblical imperatives include:
The dignity and worth of all human beings – Genesis 1:26-27 (NIV)
- 26 Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.”
- 27 So God created mankind in his own image,
in the image of God he created them;
male and female he created them.
A willingness to forgive and restore broken relationships – Colossians 3: 13 (NIV)
- 13 Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.
Mutual help, encouragement and support – 1 Thessalonians 5:14 (NIV)
- 14 And we urge you, brothers and sisters, warn those who are idle and disruptive, encourage the disheartened, help the weak, be patient with everyone.
Openness, integrity and honesty in speech and behaviour – Ephesians 4: 15 (NIV)
- 15 Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ.
A commitment to one another through sacrificial service – Galatians 5: 13 (NIV)
- 13 You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love.
A commitment to team work, serving under the guidance of the designated team leader – Hebrews 13: 17 (NIV)
- 17 Have confidence in your leaders and submit to their authority, because they keep watch over you as those who must give an account. Do this so that their work will be a joy, not a burden, for that would be of no benefit to you.
The centrality of prayer, seeking God’s grace for all aspects of our relationships and ministries – Ephesians 6: 18 (NIV)
- 18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.
As a matter of Christian integrity and consistency, all aspects of our work must reflect gospel values, so that our witness to Jesus Christ is commended, not compromised.
Because of our reputation as a Christian organisation and ministry, all staff, visitors and members of the public with whom we have contact can expect to be treated in ways which reflect the values we have articulated above.
Since our speakers, staff members and volunteers often have contact with churches and Christian agencies in Australia and overseas, we expect anyone representing the organisation to maintain biblical standards of speech, behaviour and lifestyle that commend the faith that we profess.”