We have the privilege of serving as pastors at Viva. We do what we do because we believe Jesus changes lives, in beautiful, powerful and profound ways.
We live locally in Hornsby. We have two great primary aged kids.
As you can see from the photo, we love the incredible outdoor playground that surrounds our suburbs.
God upended our lives in our late teens. We met and married pretty young. God called us to Central Asia where we founded and lead a charity serving the poor of that region. We both speak Russian as a second language. We love the multicultural flavour of Hornsby.
Since returning from Central Asia, Andrew has worked in non-profits and now commercially to see modern slavery ended.
Andrew has an MA in Global Leadership from Fuller Seminary and an undergraduate degree in Political Economy.
Over the last few years Sarah’s worked as a book-keeper and runs a veg co-op.
We are both employed by Viva part-time. We pray Viva is a community where you can discover Jesus afresh.
Read a little of Viva’s story or watch below
Jesus said, “I came so they can have real and eternal life, more and better life than they ever dreamed of.” (John 10:10, The Message)
The way of Jesus is not religious work to earn the blessing of God. Living the way of Jesus is our response to the incredible love and grace that God has poured into our lives. So we live transformed lives from the inside out.
Visit Vineyard Australia’s website and you’ll read: Vineyard is a family of churches pursuing God’s Kingdom for our nation. Globally, it’s around 2500 churches in 95 countries.
Viva is governed by a volunteer board of Viva members. They employ the Lead Pastors. The Pastors in turn employ staff. Church life is made possible by everyone pitching in their time, treasure and talents.
Yes! We love kids. Our kids church leaders are dedicated to seeing the kids of church grow up strong knowing God’s love and walking with him.
Jesus invented servant leadership. So we serve too.
In our local community you’ll find us planting trees, running playgroups, cleaning up, building community, fundraising to see the end of slavery, running parenting courses, marriage courses, Alpha courses…
In our church, we gather together on Sundays to meet with God and serve each other.
If you’re keen to volunteer at Viva have a chat with one of the leaders on a Sunday or email us at hello [ ] vivachurch.org.au.
We’d love your help!
The best way to get to know us is to join us at Sunday gathering either in person or on Zoom. (Check out Sundays page for the latest information.)
We’d love to continue the conversation. Contact us electronically. Go to connect. Or email hello [ ] vivachurch.org.au
When some asked UK Christian leader Pete Greig how big his church is he answered, About 2 billion people. Viva is part of the gloriously diverse global community of Jesus followers called, the Church.
We have ummed and ahhhed over this one. You won’t find us on social media. We recognise that this is inconvenient for people. At Viva we deeply value community. God as trinity is community. Viva is not a virtual community. It is real community. To be part of Viva is to show up, be present, rub shoulders in person and build healthy relationships with God and with each.
The Netflix documentary The Social Dilemma has reminded many of us of the unintended destruction that is being wrought by our addiction to social media as a society.
We can see the value of social media but right now this is the stand we’ve taken. Watch this space. And please contact us if you’ve got questions or if you’d like to push back. Like you, we’re just trying to work out how to live well in this moment.
People giving generously and cheerfully enables the Viva community to function. You won’t hear us talking about giving financially every week at our Sunday gatherings. That’s not because we don’t think money or what we do with it is important. But we do want people who are exploring Jesus to have the opportunity to do that without feeling pressured to give money.
Andrew and Sarah Starr co-lead Viva. We deeply value and esteem women. Their leadership is welcome and sought across the life of our church. We’re really happy to have the deeper conversation of how we arrived at this position biblically but we’re not going to do that conversation justice in an FAQ post.
When we consider joining anything we’re asking, Are these my people? Being part of a group often involves carrying a shared dream: it could be winning the premiership, getting certain legislation changed, changing how we use plastics, pay equality… These dreams are shared and they reflect the future we want to see.
Well, we’ve tried. Clearly a coffee is in order.