St John’s Launceston is a Christian Church in the Anglican tradition. Broadly speaking that means we affirm the doctrines drawn from the Bible and contained in the historic creeds; the Apostle’s, Nicene and Athanasian Creeds. We are part of the Diocese of Tasmania and the wider Anglican Communion.
But we also have our own distinctives. We are an evangelical church which means we are committed to living under the authority of the Word of God, the Bible. As part of our desire to reach out to our wider community our major gathering at 10am on a Sunday is a contemporary style based on the Prayer Book. We also maintain traditional Anglican services with varying degrees of formality at other times in the week but at every service faithful, engaging preaching of God’s word is primary.
At St John’s we believe all followers of Christ have a role to play in the Great Commission of Jesus to make disciples and so encourage everyone to engage in a ministry that fulfils the mission of God. We believe the church is the family of God so our young people are not the ‘church of the future’ they are part of the family now. Our ministry to Children and Youth is a high priority for us.
We consider mission begins at home but must extend to all nations. We are partners with individuals, families and organisations that proclaim Jesus as Lord and are engaged in his mission of making disciples of all nations.
Although we may seem imperfect practitioners we believe that prayer is the foundation for any effective work of God and so strive to encourage everyone to be praying individually, in their small group, within our corporate worship and in special times or places of prayer.
‘Through preaching, praying and our life together we project vision, promote life and practice peace, to the glory of Jesus Christ.’