Welcome to Southland Church online
‘Church Without Walls’
Southland is a church that represents Jesus through our heart to serve, connect with and uplift those in our community, beyond the walls of the church. We are a contemporary church committed to worshipping God in all aspects of our church and personal life. Our Sunday service consists of great music, friendly hospitality, a fantastic kids program and encouraging preaching from the word of God. We reflect God’s heart for building and encouraging the next generation as we step in to all that God has for us. We are compelled to be the bridge between our community and Jesus, as we outwork the great commission to “go into all the world.” Mark 16:15
‘Real people Real God’
Pastors Garren and Cassia Walton began their journey of leading Southland Church in 2007. They have 2 daughters, Ella and Mia and have spent time in a number of locations around Australia serving within the local church.
While they love and appreciate the relaxed coastal lifestyle of Batemans Bay, the are passionate about seeing God’s kingdom established here.
To ensure that Southland Church is headed in the direction that we believe God has for us, Garren and Cassia work closely with an oversight team of core leaders within the church and under the covering of our network leader of the Acts Global Churches.
Southland believes it’s not just the responsibility of the Pastor to build God’s kingdom. Everyone is called to be involved by contributing their gifts and talents, by serving one another in love. The pastor’s role is primarily to ‘equip God’s people to do His work and to build up the church, the body of Christ’ Eph 4:12
‘Reaching and Empowering Others to Reach’
Reaching out and doing what we can to help others live fulfilling and God empowered lives is at the heart of Southland Church. Through Beyond we focus on a number of areas of need in our world, both locally and globally.
• Supporting churches in Sri Lanka and India that are focused on changing their communities through building orphanages, schools, training centres, assisting small businesses and much more. We partner with them financially and prayerfully, and through regular communication we keep up to date with any other needs as they arise.
• Supporting our local Primary School and High School Scripture programs.
• Supporting church planting initiatives within Australia through Acts Global Churches, which allows the Good News of Jesus to reach cities, towns and communities that desperately need to hear it.
• As well as these ‘Beyond’ projects there are various other opportunities that regularly pop up throughout the year for us to get involved with, locally and globally.
Acts Global Churches
Southland is one of more than 100 churches around the country that make up the Acts Global Churches (AGC). AGC came into being as a result of an outpouring of the Holy Spirit in Wales in the early years of the twentieth century. The Lord raised up a group of people who shared a common experience of God’s saving grace and the empowerment of the Holy Spirit, to honour Jesus Christ and serve His purposes. They looked to the bible for a God designed pattern of leadership and government that would best equip His people for service and ministry.The first generation of Apostolic Church members were intent on taking every opportunity to communicate the life changing message that Jesus himself had delivered to mankind. By the late 1920s the AGC was established in Australia and began with a series of crusade meetings in each of our state capitals, which were attended by significant demonstrations of the healing power of God. AGC was birthed by, and continues to be identified with, the sovereignty of God and is well placed to continue in the foundational elements of its heritage. AGC remains unashamedly bible based, pentecostal and missions oriented.