In 1995 God began OEC with wise and godly people who laid a solid biblical foundation in Christ. God has steadily grown OEC’s numbers and ministry to the point where we are bursting out of the venues we currently use.
By God’s grace we’re now expanding our ministry activities and developing options for a building that will support our current and future activities. This is an exciting prospect, but the need is urgent and the work is ours to complete.. We’ll have more room to grow for many years. God requires us to be good stewards by investing what we have been given into gospel ministry and continuing to make disciples and grow God’s kingdom.
The vision we have is not just for a building: it is for building gospel ministry in Orange. God has given us an extraordinary opportunity to build for the future, for the sake of the gospel and the glory of God. I hope that you share this vision and can commit to it personally, prayerfully and financially.
We are currently a church of about 750 people and 500 of us turn up to church on the average Sunday. About 250 of us are under 18 years old. We have a variety of ministries operating each week including 4 Sunday services as well as Growth Groups during the day and night, Fab Fun & Seniors, Mens’ and Womens’ Evangelistic events, Adrenalites, Kidzone & OEC Youth, Regional Christian Training College (RCTC), Christianity Explored, Tradie’s tracks, Meals Ministries, Weddings, Funerals, Scripture and Camps.
We have grown from a group of around 50 people in 1995. Our growth rate has been 14.5% every year since we started twenty years ago. We have grown through people moving to Orange and looking for a bible teaching church and through people returning to church or becoming Christians.
If we grow at just 10% each year, in ten years we’ll have 1900 people calling OEC home and 1200 people coming to our services each week.
We need a building that will cope with our expected growth. We need to be able to service our needs on a Sunday and all of our other ministry needs throughout the week.
We asked Andrew Mitchell, Senior Pastor at the Central Coast Evangelical Church in Erina, about their recently completed Church building project Click below to watch the video
Click here for our final floor plan
Click here for our site plan options
Click here for our draft 3D elevation plans
Click here for our draft North/South/East/West elevation plans
Then please read through our Good Giving Guide to help inform your giving to OEC and to the gospel vision we share. Whilst we work towards finalising options and plans for the Ministry Centre development, the fundraising effort is well and truly underway.
You can support OEC’s ministry and Ministry Centre by scheduling transfers from your bank account to OEC’s bank account. Alternatively for giving to property (tax deductible only) and ministry you can authorise OEC to take regular amounts from either your credit card or bank account at no cost to you. Simply complete the relevant form(s) below and email to email@example.com.
If you would like to make a donation or regular donations, please make use of our PayPal gateway. Simply click the “Donate Now” button where you will be taken to a secure transaction portal. Donor giving via the Paypal Gateway are issued an immediate receipt and so amounts given via this method won’t be included in the Annual Statement. If you have any questions or concerns about an unacknowledged donation then please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Donations to the tax deductible property fund via any method except PayPal (who issue their own receipts immediately) will be acknowledged on an Annual Tax Statement issued in July. A quarterly notice of receipts is also sent via email but if you require a receipt immediately after you donate then please email email@example.com. If you are giving to the tax deductible property fund by organising your own transfers ensure that you provide your name.
If you have any questions or concerns about an unacknowledged donation or you would like to change or cancel your authorised giving at any time then please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For the tax deductible fund: please keep the receipt that is sent via email safe, as you can use it to support any claim for a tax deduction you may wish to make when you prepare your tax return.