Ever since her beginnings Montreal has known religion. Her roots are founded in it. Her architecture houses it. Her people speak it. Yet in the heart of this great city is a desire for more than religion. In this city only a few decades ago a ‘silent revolution’ occurred where people abandoned the church religion and moved the society towards her very secular posture, where Montreal stands right now.
But secularization does not satisfy or awaken the spiritual heartbeat found within each and every individual alive on planet earth. Only a RESURGENCE of Jesus can do this.
As hearts reawaken, the church becomes the place for gathering followers of Jesus, and those who have lost their way, back home together in true community. This will restore the local church back to her place of relevance in people’s everyday lives and within the city itself.
We sense within the heart of this nation Canada, the province of Quebec and most specifically right now in Montreal, a new spiritual awakening and Resurgent Church is honoured to be apart of this resurgence.
To sweep or surge back again with new strength
To rise again with a new consciousness
To awaken from the dead to new life
To experience renewal or revival
We will be carriers of His grace, truth, power and presence.
We will cultivate an environment that incubates audacious dreams.
We will create a pathway for leaders to influence every sphere of society.
Andrew and Vanessa have been married 15 years and have four beautiful daughters Indianna Hope, Avalon Jade, Eden Cleopatra and Sahara Justice. Andrew’s passion is seeing people reach their full potential in Christ. He has a Diploma in Christian Leadership and is completing his final thesis as part of his MBA in Entrepreneurialism. Vanessa’s passion is seeing people find wholeness. She has a Degree in Christian Counselling and worked as a Life Coach for many years.
Having found Jesus in their young adult years, they both served voluntarily and on staff positions at Hillsong Church, Sydney Australia for over ten years. In 2003 they travelled to Canada and France with a desire to plant a church in either of those nations. However a clear call from God came to pioneer a church on the Gold Coast, Australia and so they laid down their dreams for the Northern Hemisphere.
In 2004 they were blessed and supported by Hillsong to pioneer Generation Church with 9 people. For 10 years their church thrived, extended to three campuses on the Gold Coast and grew to around 1500 people. Over those 10 years they released team to plant a church in Bali, Indonesia (www.theparadisechurch.com) and Chicago, USA (www.peoplechurch.org)
Church planting has always been their passion and in 2014 God stirred that dormant dream in their hearts to relocate to the northern hemisphere. This came as a complete ‘suddenly’ since their hearts were now knitted to the people on the Gold Coast. In September 2014 they transitioned their church to be apart of Hillsong Church as they launched on the Gold Coast and it became a win win for the Kingdom!
“And here we are. God is so kind. He spoke this word Montreal into our hearts in May, 2014 and so we jumped on a plane a few months later to discover she is the most perfect city to pioneer Resurgent Church. We don’t think there would have been more than a handful of people that knew we had asked God whether He would release us to Canada or France to serve and love for all our days… But God heard our request 10 years ago and although we had laid down the desire He now is doing ‘more than we could ask or imagine even in our wildest dreams’ (Ephesians 3:20) in French Canada – beautiful Quebec.
So this leads us to RIGHT HERE, RIGHT NOW, this moment in time.. embarking on the adventure of a lifetime. We sold everything we own, packed our 6 bags as a family and have an incredible team of Australians and two Irish who have relocated with us to begin this crazy adventure of faith also. Our girls are so up for it, our hearts are ready and our vision for God’s Church in this city is growing each day (so is our passion to learn French!)”
"Get the mind of Christ for the new, the fresh and the never been done before,
Your frustration leads you to innovation,
We serve the God of the breakthrough
Position yourself in environments which unlock entrepreneurial potential"
"Be the most real YOU that you can be
We serve the God of the clean slate and the second chance so shame has no place here.
True community can only be found in your courage to be transparent and vulnerable,
Take a journey towards wholeness and watch God use you on the way
Take off the masks, let down the walls … let the real you stand up."
"Give the very best of you to people
Do it scared,
Make the most of every moment,
See the opportunity in every challenge
Live loud and proud
Get back up again when you get knocked down"
You cannot out-give God,
Sacrifice is about heart,
The blessing is in the extra mile"
"Build what God loves and He will build what you love.
Your capacity is discovered in the stretch,
The local church is built not on the gift and talent of a few but on the sacrifice of many ……
Serve a cause greater than yourself
Favour is not just about you. God loves you and wants to favour you but it is not just for you. It is to flow through you."
We will launch with our first Church Community around the Westmount area in September 2015 in Montreal, our second planned Community launch will be in February 2016 in the Downtown/Griffintown area. We are also planning a West Island Community launch in 2016/17.
We then plan on launching two more campuses in Montreal by 2020.
Right now these are the locations on our heart.
This plan will be executed with a strategy and wise stewardship, however the plan must always remain fluid and yielded to the greater plan that God has for His Church. The plan to plant more Resurgent communities will only ever be accomplished after each previously planted community finds health, strength and self-sustainability.
LOCALLY IN MONTREAL there are people looking for a spiritual home. Joining our launch team is the perfect way to contribute to a significant kingdom endeavour and awaken dormant dreams in your own heart.
Whether you have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and years of experience serving in a local church; or you have no faith background but find yourself desiring community and a connection to a cause in the not-for-profit sector; joining the launch team could be the perfect fit for you.
ACROSS CANADA & GLOBALLY we have people joining the team from Toronto, Ottawa, Quebec City, Australia, New Zealand and Ireland and ongoing enquiries from around the world. The opportunity to join the Resurgent Launch Team short term for 3,6, 12 months or 2 years can be done through the Resurgent Internship Program or as individuals coming into Canada with a Tourist Visa or Working in Canada Visa.
We would love to hear from you, contact us for more information.
We gather Sunday Mornings as a growing Launch Team for acoustic worship, weekly devotion and team training. All who are interested in joining our Launch Team are welcome.
Sunday Afternoons in Westmount Park with family and friends to enjoy Spring/Summer in gorgeous Montreal.
Monthly vision/information nights will be held in May, June, July, August & September.
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