Carey Baptist Church is a vibrant community of people who love God and have a desire to love, and serve their local community. At its core we are a community of hope. This flows from our strong trust in Jesus and the transformation that he brings to peoples lives.
Convinced that a loving God is at work in the world and is reconciling the world to himself in Jesus, we are a deeply hopeful community. While in all life there is struggle, difficulty and pain, as well as joy and celebration, we believe that our ultimate future is tied to the purposes of a loving God and believe that our destiny is as bright as the promises of God found in the Bible.
This hope flows into all that we do and all that we are.
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At Carey we attempt the extraordinary. We are named after the pioneering Baptist missionary William Carey, who famously urged, ‘Expect great things from God. Attempt great things for God,’ advice Carey has sought to live by. It has birthed a remarkable community where hope, compassion, family and learning are valued and fostered, and we have been able to celebrate many successes along the way.
We began in 1996, when a handful of pioneers, with a median age of just 25, committed to build a church that was turned inside out. Led by Pastor Steve Izett, they dreamt of a place which would be a home for the community, one where faith in God doesn’t provide an excuse to escape from the world, but is a springboard for relevant and active engagement with it.
Turning that dream from words into action involved starting Carey Baptist College, and later Jump Early Development Services, and as we walk around the impressive buildings on Carey’s 10 hectare site, interact with the 1400 students, or hear of the difference it has made in the community, it is easy to forget the fragility of Carey’s birth. It is a testament to God’s provision and guidance and a reminder of what is possible when a community of ordinary people are prepared to embark on a journey of faith with an extraordinary God.
Right throughout the journey, Carey has continued to dream. As the first school campus flourished and grew with the addition of JUMP early development services, and as the church matured and deepened, new possibilities emerged. In 2009 Carey adopted the ‘Carey 2014’ vision. This ambitious document sought to articulate where Carey believed God was leading it for that five-year period.
It committed to plant a new campus, to build the Carey Centre, and to investigate the viability of reproducing itself over and over again. In tangible terms this led to the purchase of 20 hectares of land in Forrestdale where the Carey Forrestdale venture is just beginning with a new church, college, childcare centre and in due course, a community centre.
Back on the Harrisdale campus the imposing Carey Centre has been built, opening doors to multiple new opportunities to relevantly and helpfully engage with the Harrisdale community.
With the birth of the Forrestdale campus we are forever changed. We move from Carey the campus to Carey the movement, and are committed to developing the capacity to reproduce other campuses. God has taken us on a breathtaking ride. And now it is time to dream again. Where will Carey be in 2020?