Who We Are

A church infused with Jesus' life, love & passion

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Churches In Christchurch

Alive in two locations in Christchurch, City is a church without walls that believes all things are possible through Jesus. We live life on purpose, offering family-orientated church services that are designed to be enjoyed and not endured. Come and join us anytime.

“Releasing empowered believers to be architects of Kingdom culture wherever they are.”

Our Vision

Our Values

Identity

Who we believe we are dictates how we operate in life. We have a passion for connecting people to their identity in God, so we can explore the fullness of the life we have been created to experience. Knowing God is key to understanding our own identity and being comfortable in our own skin.

Kingdom Culture

A Church that is partnered with the values of the King and His kingdom, seeing His will being done on earth as it is in heaven. We believe as sons and daughters of God that giving expression to the kingdom we carry effects change in the world around us.

Family

Family means that church is an extension of our heavenward home, a place where everyone is welcome wherever they are at in the journey of faith. Family is the place where we are encouraged to develop and grow in our faith in a safe environment, where community and communication are valued.

His Presence

We value our Father’s presence above all else and are committed to intimacy through the Word, prayer, worship and encounter. Out of intimacy flows revelation and identity. Out of identity flows purpose and meaning.

Locations

On Sundays we aim to create an environment that's relaxed and welcoming, where you can easily connect with people from across Christchurch and encounter God.

City Central
City North

What We Believe

The one true and living God who eternally exists in three persons in unity: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

The Divine inspiration and authority of the Holy Scripture.

The original perfection of creation; the inherent corruptness of humanity through the Fall; the necessity of repentance and regeneration by grace and through faith in Christ alone, and the eternal separation from God of the finally unrepentant.

The virgin Birth, sinless life, atoning death, triumphant Resurrection, ascension and continuing intercession of our Lord Jesus Christ, His Second Coming, and eternal Kingdom reign.

The justification and sanctification of believers through the finished work of Christ, their security as they remain in Him, and their future resurrection in an incorruptible body.

The Sacrament of Baptism by immersion, and of the Lord's Supper.

The baptism of the Holy Spirit for believers with supernatural signs, empowering the Church for its mission in the world.

The gifts of the Holy Spirit for the building up of the Church and ministry to the world.

Christ's leadership of the Church through the ascension ministries of apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers for the unity, maturity, and growth of the Church.

The privilege and responsibility of wise stewardship of all that God has given, including the practice of tithing to the local church.

Marriage is ordained by God in scripture for the exclusive union between one man and one woman, for their mutual help and comfort.

Past & Present

Founded in 1935, City is a Christ-centred, Bible-based Pentecostal church that loves God and people everywhere. We are a member of ACTS Churches, which has over 60 churches across New Zealand.

City Leaders

Our senior leaders are one team that exists to serve, using their gifts, energy and resources to make church great for everyone.

Garth & Carol

Ps Garth & Carol Chin Poy 

City Central Lead Pastor

Ps Garth and Carol Chin Poy have a passion for Jesus, people and life, which shines through their ministry as City Central lead pastors.  From day one, they have brought a fun and fresh approach to church, sharing inspiring messages that are relevant to people today. Married for 13 years, they have two children; Eden & Judah.

Ysrial & Michelle

Ps Ysrial & Michelle Clunies-Ross 

City North Lead Pastor

Ps Ysrial and Michelle Clunies-Ross are the lead pastors of City North, and have been married for 18 years. Together they have three children who all actively serve in the church. Known for their musical gifting and heart for sharing the Gospel, Ysrial and Michelle have a great testimony of faith and encounter with God.

Warren & Jeanette

Warren & Jeanette Hight

Associate Pastor & Elder

Ian Wright

Ian Wright

Elder

Phillip & Jenny

Phillip & Jenny Crothal

Elder