Hopes high for church renewal starting in Banyule

UK church revitalisation movement HeartEdge has started in Melbourne at St George’s East Ivanhoe and St Paul’s East Kew. It’s based on four key principles: commerce, culture, congregation and compassion. 

HeartEdge describes itself as a movement for renewal, fuelled by people and churches sharing their assets, experience, resources and need. It was founded by Reverend Dr Sam Wells at St Martin-in-the-Fields London in 2017. 

While an Anglican initiative, HeartEdge is intended to be ecumenical and international. The Diocese of Melbourne has become involved through Bishop Kate Prowd.  

Mr Sanderson said HeartEdge attracted him because it had substantive theology and philosophy underpinning it, grounded in the reality of people’s lives, and of scripture. 

“A significant proportion of churches in Melbourne will be able to see a direct connection between how they’ve been living their lives and how their lives may be able to flourish even more,” he said. 

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