Strangish name... but what does it mean?
The ministry was started in a place in
England called Capernwray.
The first Bible students at
nicknamed themselves 'Torchbearers'.
As the ministry spread
around the world some people wanted to hold conferences here
in Queensland (in 1988).
Arguably the strangest word
of the three is 'Queensland' :)
Why do we do this?
We do this as we are called to share the good news of what
God in Jesus Christ has done for us.
We do this to support local churches & encourage
individuals by proclaiming & explaining the crucial (but
often missed) message of... "Christ in you, the hope of
glory" - Col 1:27.
You know, so many of us go through life not understanding
that Jesus rose from the dead so that He could live His life
in you, and live out His life through you -
right now - each and every moment of each and every day. The
glory is the evidence of His presence in our lives. This
isn't rocket science - but many churches seem to gloss over
it or completely pass it by.
So, if you've been born again in Christ, you're a new
creation, have a whole new identity, and Jesus is now alive and living within you! We want to
teach you more about that - more about life in Christ - more
about the hope we share together - more, more, more! And if
you haven't yet accepted Jesus Christ as your personal Lord
& Saviour (we heartily recommend it!), what we do is for you
Now, the lowdown...
It's a bit long, but not longwinded :)
Capernwray Torchbearers is an international,
interdenominational Christian organisation engaged in
evangelism and Bible teaching. Founded in England by Major
Ian Thomas shortly after WW2, the work has developed to
include Bible Schools and Conference Centres all around the world
Capernwray Torchbearers Queensland is a subsidiary of
Capernwray Torchbearers Australia Ltd & part of the
Capernwray Missionary Fellowship of
Capernwray Torchbearers is not a church. It's a
mainstream Christian ministry supporting local churches by
teaching & training people predominantly through conferences
& Bible schools, both in Australia & overseas.
Capernwray Torchbearers is supported by all
mainstream denominations, though it is not affiliated with
any one in particular.
Major Ian Thomas spent much time ministering
abroad as an evangelist. As a result, Capernwray
Torchbearers has always been outwardly focused.
The verse at the very heart of the ministry continues to be
Colossians 1:27 "Christ in you, the hope of glory".
Much of what is taught at our conferences & Bible schools
revolves around this major tenant of faith - that Jesus not
only died for our sins in our place but rose again to live
His resurrected life in us & through us through the Holy
Spirit each & every day - the ongoing process of restoring
the glory of God in mankind. It is surprising how may
people do not understand the practical implications &
application of this.
Our speakers often work at one of our international centres,
or have done so over the years. They are committed
Christians with many years experience in Bible teaching.
Many travel the globe yearly speaking to hundreds &
thousands of people. We are thankful for those who make
themselves available to speak at our conferences & Bible
school here in Australia.
So where does Queensland fit
Directly above NSW & below the Torres Strait :)
Capernwray Torchbearers Queensland (Capernwray Qld)
is part of the regional ministry of Capernwray Torchbearers
Australia. Since 1988 Capernwray Qld has held regular
Bible-based, Christ-centred conferences throughout
Queensland and northern New South Wales. Our vision is to
see others come to know Christ in a personal relationship
and be transformed and excited with the reality of His
indwelling Life. We believe that Christ in us (Gal 2:19-20,
Col 1:27) is the Christian life made available to every
Christian and that Christ is totally sufficient in every
situation for a life of Godliness as we surrender ourselves
and trust in Him.
Our mission is to provide the opportunity
for others to grow in Christ by enjoying and meeting with
national and international speakers as they share their
experiences of the Christian life.
Flowing on from this we
have an extensive "tape" ministry supplying DVDs, CDs,
cassettes & books of speakers Australia-wide. Run by a group of
passionate volunteers, Capernwray Qld has impacted thousands
of lives with the message of "Christ in you, the hope of
glory" (Col 1:27).
Capernwray Torchbearers Queensland enjoys providing a platform for international
& local speakers to share their personal experiences of
Christian living. At all our events you will enjoy
challenging Bible teaching presented with clarity,
sensitivity & Christian love, along with great music &
We'd love to be able to assist you in your faith journey. We
invite to join us for a conference, attend an event, enrol
in our Bible school (all-ages) in NSW, or to order books,
DVDs or CDs.
Do you have any other
Who doesn't? Go to our Contacts page and ask
the right person. If you're unsure, ask Alasdair & Karen
Drew. That's what I do.