Friends, it gives me great pleasure to welcome Jimmy and Christie Hill to our CCI Team. I first met Jimmy when he signed up for Small Groups Development training at the Gold Coast Christian Family. My first impression of him was remarkable – before my eyes stood a godly man of vision, passion and commitment. In the years I have known Jimmy; my first impression of him has been soundly validated. Since our first meeting, Jimmy and I have enjoyed a mutually encouraging, mentoring relationship.
In preparation to welcoming Jimmy and Christie onto our team, I asked him to share with us his vision and passion in his walk with the Lord. Jimmy says …
I’m a youth pastor with Cross-life Church on the Gold Coast. My ministry is reaching teenagers who don’t know Christ. My passion is sharing the gospel with young people who are desperately searching for someone to heal their brokenness and emptiness – I long for these young people to know Jesus intimately.
My beautiful wife, Christie, shares in this ministry with me. We were married in 2011, and it is a joy to serve the Lord together.
In 2009, after a God appointed meeting with Bill, I signed up for a small groups’ development training. My passion to see effective life-groups grow and multiply has grown ever since. Our current life-group has been such an encouragement to us. I love seeing our un-believing friends join our group and take steps forward in their spiritual journey. I love seeing group members develop their leadership in serving the group, and I love seeing Christians growing in authentic relationships.
It is from seeing our simple, humble group begin to ‘reach in’ and ‘reach out’ that has fuelled my passion. At some point down the track I have on my heart a desire to plant a simple church with life-groups as the core … a church where life-groups equip their members to be practical with their faith!
Life Groups are so simple! I think we make church too complicated.
Please pray for Jimmy and Christie. The Lord is doing amazing things through their lives and service to Him. We are blessed to have them on our team. We will learn much from their collaborative engagement with us.