What is Community Impact

Community Impact Pastors Peter and Bev Mortlock

City Impact Church was founded by Senior Pastors Peter and Bev Mortlock on Auckland’s North Shore in 1982.  With a passion for building strong churches that make a difference in their communities, City Impact Churches have multiplied in New Zealand and abroad.

In 2007, City Impact Church’s state-of-the-art Sanctuary Building was opened. 95% of the construction work was completed by church volunteers. With the building complete, we were ready for a new challenge.

So, with a long-held vision to be ‘large enough to make a difference’, we turned our efforts to a new initiative – Community Impact.

City Impact Church’s Community Impact Days are about taking responsibility for needs in our community. We believe our family does not just consist of church members, but extends to those who live around us. We are here to serve our community – to be God’s hands and feet to those in need.

The Bible in James 4:7 talks about caring for the needs of orphans and widows, and those most vulnerable. This has become part of our mission.

Each Community Impact Day we mobilise over 700 volunteers around the country, from our North Shore and Mt Wellington campuses in Auckland, to our South Island churches in Queenstown, Invercargill and Balclutha. We carry out cleaning, gardening, painting and maintenance for individuals, families and community organisations in our areas. We regularly see people’s homes and lives transformed as a result of what we do.

We have built up a good reputation with 70 local community organisations including Middlemore Hospital, North Shore Hospital, Auckland Rehabilitation Centre, Grandparents Raising Grandchildren, Auckland Council, Department of Corrections, Housing New Zealand and Family Works. Many of these organisations work with people who are in need of help with home maintenance, but they don’t have the man power to help them. They refer these people to us so we can send a team of volunteers to them on Community Impact Day.Many hands make light work and it’s amazing what we can accomplish in just one morning.

Politicians such as Julia Parfitt from the North Shore, MP for Maungakiekie; Mr Peseta Sam Lotu-Liga, and Auckland mayors previous and current, have been jointly impressed. Mr Lotu-Liga even joined a Community Impact Day himself to experience it in person. At Christmas time, church members fill beautiful gift boxes for families and people in need within the community. We love to bless others and demonstrate the love of Christ at such a special time of the year.

“Community Impact Days are our opportunity to show God’s love to people in a practical way,” says Mary-Kath. “For many people, just having that little extra boost of help to get their home and property in order can be all it takes to enable them to take the next step in life. On our own, the job is too big, but together we can make a real difference.”

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“There is a direct correlation between the social health of a city and the level of volunteer activity in that city. A high level of voluntary activity causes social cohesion, and benefits the givers as much as the receivers in any community. Anti-social behaviour such as crime is a lot lower in cities where voluntary work is to the fore.”

– Professor Richard Florida, University of Toronto

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Community Impact days are run four times a year, on a Saturday from 9am-1pm.

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