In 1988 after one year of intensive prayer our Founding Minister, felt he was ready to begin working in an area notorious for its drug dealing, gambling and triad activities. He knew that his new church would be radically different. This church had to be a life changing, significant force; and influence that would strike deep in the heart of the community.
Since Brisbane had many churches catering to predominantly middle-class Caucasian congregations, we were resolved that as in Luke 14:15, we would go to the highways and by-ways to reach out and minister to the poor, the blind, the lame,’ bringing them into a caring community that would meet their needs and help them integrate into mainstream society. We had already been operating a restaurant in the Chinatown Mall called ‘Restoran Malaysia,’ so we began the first restaurant church in Australia. Every Friday night, Cornerstone Cafe was opened to bikies, street kids and anyone wanting friendship and coffee.
Today, the International City Church family is made up of over fifty nationalities. It also runs the Multicultural Community Centre and the Asian Pacific Institute, which comprises the International Christian College and a cross-cultural training centre.
The church regularly holds conferences and seminars that equip people to handle the challenges that are inevitable in the Christian life and help them to live the life God intended them to such as the W.I.S.H. (Wholeness In Self & Home) Relationships programs and the annual Synergy Multicultural Church conference.
Every Sunday over 500 people come to worship at our multicultural services, where we worship in English, Spanish and Chinese (mandarin), translations in Korean are also available. We also have a HMS Service@5pm where Healing – Miracles – Signs and wonders are often experienced.
In October 2013, Reverend Jonathan Mok became the new senior minister when we moved into our new premises at 23 Foster St, Newmarket. We thank God for His great grace and favour during this time as we have grown to become a strong multicultural, soul-winning church with a vibrant and ever increasing kids ministry.