Christian City Church, Oxford Falls

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Christian City Church, Oxford Falls
C3 Church Sydney (formerly Christian City Church Oxford Falls) is a Pentacostal megachurch based in Sydney, Australia and is the largest congregation in the Christian City Church movement. The church's headquarters are located at its Oxford Falls campus. C3 Church Sydney is considered one church, but is separated into three campuses, with other sites located in Silverwater and Potts Point. The church as a whole has a weekly attendance in excess of 4,000, and a membership in excess of 6,000 people, making it one of the largest congregations in Australia. C3 Church runs events and services targeted at specific demographics such as youth and young adult conferences as well as operating a ministry leadership and creative arts college from its Oxford Falls campus.


C3 Church Sydney was founded in 1980 by Phil and Chris Pringle who came to Sydney from New Zealand for that purpose as 'Christian Centre Northside'. The church began with 12 attendees and met on the Northern beaches of Sydney. The current Oxford Falls campus was opened by John Howard the then Prime Minister of Australia. In 2009 the Christian City Church, Oxford Falls become C3 Church Sydney and adopted Christian City Church, Centrewest as its Silverwater campus and God in the City as its City campus. C3 Church is involved in a large number of local and national ministry projects including C3 College, which offers two educational streams providing targeted ministry training. These streams are Creative Arts and Leadership Ministry. C3 Church is involved in planting a number of new churches every year, it has its own TV production studio(C3TV), art gallery, cafe, book store and children's indoor play facility which is open to the general public. C3 Church runs a number of ministries such as, 'Real Men', 'EveryWoman' and the 'Love Is Community' - for youth and young adults, also known as 'Change' and 'SG' groups (SG Senior High, SG Junior High). C3 Church Oxford Falls also founded and continues to have a large involvement in Oxford Falls Grammar School. Each week C3 Church creates and airs 'Your Best Life with Phil Pringle' on the Australian Christian Channel and internationally. C3 Church's Oxford Falls congregation and leadership is home to a large number of Artists and Authors, including Phil and Chris Pringle, Simon McIntyre (Follow the Leader), Mary Simpson (31 Girl, Dream Girl & Girlfriendship). The onsite galleries display the work of artists from within the church and C3 College, Creative Leadership Stream. The church is the founding and home church of the Christian City Churches ( C3i) movement.

Programs Run By C3 Church Sydney

C3 College
C3 College is committed to training people for 21st Century influence in the Arts, Ministry or in your sphere in the market place. It is a unique learning environment; in a beautiful bushland campus on Sydney's Northern beaches, in the grounds of the vibrant growing C3 Church, C3 College offers inspiring, practical training. Training is conducted by people who are current practitioners and are deeply committed to nurturing and developing each person. The distinctives of our College are a commitment to the presence of God balanced with wisdom and life skills. Creative Arts Stream offers Music, Vocals, Song writing, Acting and Theatrecraft, Dance, Visual Media and Screen Production for creative and talented students who desire to develop skill while connecting art with a Biblical understanding. At least half the course is hands on workshop style learning. You will play, sing, dance, film, write and create in this course, and every area of creativity will be developed and challenged. Leadership Ministry Stream offers a student the opportunity to get deeper understanding of the Bible, themselves, and their gifting and calling. Students will be trained to be an effective minister in the marketplace or in the church environment. In first year Leadership Ministry a major in Youth and Young Adults is offered. In second year Leadership Ministry a major in Pastoral Care is offered. C3 College is a VETAB registered provider of Nationally Recognised Training. Courses are VETAB accredited with full and part time options available. Courses include: NTIS 30772QLD/CRICOS 067500D Certificate IV in Christian Ministry and Theology NTIS 30631QLD/CRICOS 062509B Certificate IV in Creative Arts in Christian Ministry NTIS 30773QLD/CRICOS 067501C Diploma of Christian Ministry and Theology NTIS 30632QLD/CRICOS 062510J Diploma of Creative Arts in Christian Ministry NTIS 30774QLD/CRICOS 067502B Advanced Diploma of Christian Ministry and Theology NTIS 30633QLD/CRICOS 062511G Advanced Diploma of Creative Arts in Christian Ministry

REALMEN is a program run by C3 Church, and adopted by many Christian City Churches worldwide. The ministry is co-ordinated by Ps Greg French. From the REALMEN website - "The REALMEN Ministry of C3 Church is based on identifying with where men are at in the various roles they find themselves in along their life journey - as husbands, sons and fathers, as workers and career builders and as Christians. Men everywhere want to know how to do life and do it well. They want to know how best to manage the business of life and to juggle the ever-increasing responsibilities and demands being placed on them." REALMEN runs an annual conference at C3 Church, and similar conferences Australia and worldwide. Other notable events include bi-annual Men's Breakfasts onsite at C3 Church. The day to day REALMEN program is run in Men's Connect (Small) groups throughout the church.

Change is a rapidly growing Young adults community held on a Wednesday night at C3 Church, it is led by Pastors Josh & Georgie Kelsey and regularly attracts up to 300+ people. The group was formed over 5 years ago and has grown to it current size rapidly in that time. The 'Change' community now has over 15 young adult groups throughout the C3 Church movement around the world from Canada, USA, Europe, New Zealand and Australia and operates a Podcast service on a weekly basis. Change uses the ' Connect Groups' system to grow and disciple its members. For more information go to

Awakening is more than a conference it is a movement of young adults hungry for Jesus and the His Gospel. Now in its 4th year of running it sees over 1000 young adults gather to glorify God and see young adults wake up to His joy. Hosted by the Young Adults community of C3 Church but last year gathered over 80 different churches. They just finished a tour of London, New York and Sydney in January and February 2009. The 2010 conference is 5th-6th of February at Sydney, Big Top, Luna Park. Guests for 2010 include Kong Hee, John Bishop, Phil Pringle, Josh Kelsey, James Murray, Georgie Kelsey and Joel Corrigan. For 17-30 year olds, don’t miss this amazing event go to to get your ticket.

C3 Church runs a number of Youth Programs that share the name and vision, Stadium Generation. Stadium Generation includes three separate meetings over the week, Junior High, Senior High and Sunday Morning. Although separate programs, they share the same vision, to see the stadiums filled with young people. The youth is attended by upwards of 7 people weekly and is responsible for a large number of events each year including the well known 'Phenomena' conference. Phenomena 07, 'LOUD', took place over 16-19th of April. The conference featured C3 Church Pastor Phil Pringle and Youth Pastor James Murray, as well as international speakers Judah Smith, Pat Mesiti and Annaliese Halvorsen. It also featured competitions for people to enter with Fashion & Make-Up, Visual Arts, Music, Skating or Short Films which reflect the theme 'Loud'. Competition entries were displayed at the conference and prizes of $500 were awarded. In 2009 a new conference, known as MYGEN was formed, including speakers Dan Lian, James Murray and many other speakers MYGEN 2010 featured International speakers Elijah and Anne Maree Waters, as well as Josh Kelsey, Dan Lian, James Murray and Kaley Korocz

C3 Church has a long tradition of church music, and was active in pioneering the Australian Christian music scene. The Oxford Falls label C3 Music (formerly Seam of Gold) has produced upwards of twenty different albums.

  • Stand (1990)
  • War (1991)
  • Now (1993)
  • River (1995)
  • I Believe (1996) - a compilation of the previous four albums
  • His Planet His Presence (1997)
  • Contact (1999)*
  • Prophesy (2000)
  • Higher (2002)
  • Lift (2003)
  • Presence (2005)
  • Great Is Our God (2006) - a worship compilation with a few new tracks
  • Here We Go (2007)*
  • For Your Glory (2008)*
  • Send Down Your Love (2009)
  • Undivided (2010)
Contact, Here We Go and For Your Glory are all studio recorded The Sydney-based church has had several well-known Australian musicians in its worship team over the years including Chris Falson (father of Sam Sparro), David Holmes (former producer and guitarist for Darlene Zschech) and Chris O'Brien as well as such singers as Erana Clark, Katya Winspear & Richard Fowler

Music Directors
  • Alison Easterbrook/Nash (1980-84)
  • Michael Martin (1984-1987)
  • Chris Falson (1987-1992)
  • Glenn Feehan* (1992-1997)
  • David Holmes (1992-2000)
  • Chris O'Brien (2000-2003)
  • Ryan Smith (2004- )
* Glenn Feehan held the unique position of Worship Pastor in the church.

Other albums

Youth Albums
  • Receiver (1998)
  • Oxygen (1999)
  • Walk On Water (2001)
  • Run With You (2003)
  • No Longer I (2004)
  • Anthem (2008)
  • Love Is (2010)

  • Prayerworks (1998)
  • Breathe (2000)
  • Flight (2001)
  • View of the Heavens* (2002)
  • True (2003)
  • One Day* (2004)
View of the Heavens is a Prayerworks compilation; One Day is under the new band name of Sante


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