Since our beginning in 1967, under the leadership of our founding pastor, Richard Holland, the story of CityLife Church has been about God transforming people - one life at a time, one story at a time. We’ve heard many stories of transformation over the years - here are some recent ones:

Reaching out in time of need - Last year (2016) was a tough year for our family. My husband was diagnosed with cancer and, although he is recovering well and the prognosis is good, it's left our 12-year-old with... Read More
You Never Know Who's Listening - I have a friend who has a bad prognosis with her health. I've been wanting to be more direct about sharing about Jesus with her but just didn't know how,... Read More
The Birth of Answered Prayer - I knew a woman from my mothers group wanted to have more children and that she and her husband had to do IVF for the first pregnancy. Their little girl... Read More
God Works All Things - I was meant to start a new role (let's call it Job A) in early December. However,   the week before I started, I was offered another role in Job... Read More
Sharing God's Faithfulness - This year has been a tough year for us, but we have seen God's faithfulness in so many ways. My husband was recently diagnosed with what the doctors called 'significant early-stage cancer' which... Read More
Finding the Right Church - I grew up in mainland China. There was no religion in my home. My parents were in the Communist Party and I suppose that was their religion in a way, although they... Read More
God is Faithful and True - As the year comes to an end, I look back and reflect on the fact that God is faithful and true! This reminds me of one of my favourite songs... Read More
Never Too Young to Share the Gospel - Here's a wonderful testimony from one of our Kids Church volunteers. "My son attends a state primary school. One day he was playing with two friends. One of his friends also attends... Read More
My Answered Prayer Helped Ethiopia - I have been involved in the World Impact fundraising bazaar for the past three years. I wanted to share how God amazingly answered my prayer requests as I prepared for the bazaar... Read More
Next Step With Giving - My wife and I have been regular givers but felt God ask us to take a next step with our giving. Feeling a little anxious we took the step, and our business... Read More
God Sees - I got a job back in 2014 where I worked as a collections officer. I struggled a lot with a lot of workplace bullying. I kept praying to God and trusting him... Read More
God's Hand - A few months ago a career opportunity opened up for me. Never in my wildest dreams did I ever think I would be a self-employed business owner. This opportunity came with manyfold blessings: 
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New Faith - I have come from a Hindu religion who worships idols; it's only me in my family that believes Jesus. My family doesn't know that I am following Christ and being baptised. Believing... Read More
In Trusting God, We Find Peace - The last few months I have had some personal problems involving work and my family. They have been wearing me down so much that I have not been sleeping well and felt... Read More
God Honours Faithfulness - I am a long-standing member at CityLife Casey, but two years ago I lost my job of 16 years. I kept looking for jobs, serving on two teams at my church and... Read More
The Holy Spirit Overrides Any Difficulty - Each Thursday I visit my mother, who is in a nursing home. She cannot hear and I communicate with her through a whiteboard and marker. She is 93 years old and has... Read More
In God's Time - I was retrenched a year ago. I was devastated and wondered where was God. I had good support from Christian friends during this difficult time, praying with me and encouraging me.... Read More
Discovering God - I just want to praise God for using me to speak in to someone's life. This is my story........ My friend grew up in a hostile family home. At the age of... Read More
Doubts Turned to Trust - One of our leaders in Kids Church shared this wonderful story. He invited a friend (who was his 'Focus 1') to Christian event at Melbourne University that was put together... Read More
My Awesome Experience on a Missions Trip - I was part of a short term mission team to India in July this year. It was my first mission trip and I signed up because my kids are now independent. I... Read More
Spiritual Growth - School of Ministry has rekindled my relationship with God as I spend more time with him and learn about my spiritual gifts and disciplines, all of which has caused me... Read More
Salvation Through a Rap - Every fortnight the Young Adults go in to the Dandenong Hospital as an outreach ministry. They essentially hold a church service; they sing, have activities and share the gospel in... Read More
A New Christian’s Impact - A woman from CityLife, let's call her 'Jane', brought her brother and his girlfriend to church on a Sunday last month. The girlfriend comes from a troubled family. I had the... Read More
Reaching Out - One of the ways we reach in to our community at Casey is by partnering with Dandenong Gatehouse, an initiative of St Kilda Gatehouse. They work with young women, aged... Read More
God Uses Social Media - At our last young adults event I met a young lady who was visiting for the first time. She wasn't a Christian and decided to come along after she saw one of... Read More
Filled With the Holy Spirit - The week before the Inspire Conference I had a terrible week. Just before leaving the house on the Friday night, my wife shared that she was excited at all the new... Read More
Giving Comfort - I was coming home from the airport on an airport shuttle bus. I noticed a young girl down the other end of the bus who was crying. I felt the Holy Spirit... Read More
God Provides - I have been a Christian most of my life.  I lost my wonderful husband two a half years ago and this was devastating, but God held me throughout all my pain. Looking back,... Read More
God Spoke Through Our Neighbour - One day, our son was riding his bike up the street and started talking with our neighbour, 3 doors up, as she was out doing gardening. She came and spoke with us,... Read More
Seizing the Moment - This is a story from our Youth team: Late one evening in January I dropped past one of my Life Group guy's house to drop off a drink bottle that he... Read More
Healing From a Coma - This is a story from our pastoral care team. One Friday, we received a phone call from a lady reporting that her husband was very sick at Monash in the ICU.... Read More
Never Give Up On Praying - This is a story about my mum and how interceding for her with God resulted in a miraculous transformation in terms of her view about life, her faith in God and her... Read More
My Heart Transformed - For a huge part of my life, I played competitive golf and I always felt in my heart that one day, God is going to use me for something special. I once... Read More
Leading Someone Back to Christ - When I rang Coles Insurance general number I was connected to a young South African man in Durban, SA, Fredric. He asked what I did for a living and when I... Read More
The Expectant Faith of a Child - One of our awesome volunteers in prep-grade 1 room came to serve in Kids Church with a bad earache. This was not very pleasant and was a big worry as ... Read More
Transformation Through School of Ministry - Through School of Ministry and working with Alpha, I have learned skills and uncovered talents that I never knew I had. My confidence and ability have increased, and allowed me to move forward personally and... Read More
Providing Support in the Workplace - A few of us Christian staff at Monash University Clayton Campus have been rebuilding a network of prayer groups for university staff around the campus. We had our first prayer... Read More
Answer to Prayer - We recently bought an investment property. After over a month without a tenant, I decided to go to the house and do nothing but pray to ask God to provide a tenant... Read More
A Beautiful Revelation - One of the children in Kids church shared that he was reading in the Bible about Jesus' crucifixion and realised that "Jesus loved us more than he wanted to save himself". What a... Read More
The Impact of Life Groups - One of our Life Group members has a child who is regularly admitted into the Royal Children's Hospital. As a Life Group we decided to support the 'Run for the... Read More
Power of Prayer - Recently my husband and I experienced again the power of prayer. We have a business for just under two years now, and like any other new businesses the first two years can... Read More
Encounter at Alpha - My story started many years ago. Before I had an encounter with the Holy Spirit my life was aimless. I was doing everything in my own strength and not doing it... Read More
Cancer-Free - God walked me through my cancer journey. God has always told me nothing exists that is big enough to cast a shadow in his presence. At the point of diagnosis God... Read More
Reflecting on Christ - Praise God, I am not anaphylactic! I discovered this when I was stung three times by wasps in my back garden; twice on my head and once on my wrist. The pain was piercing,... Read More
The Impact of Kindness - One of our Life Group leaders, on her 37th birthday, was contemplating the goodness and faithfulness of God. As she counted her blessings she decided she wanted to give back. So ...... Read More
A Story of 'Stepping Out' - After lots of fun and games at an EPIC Youth LIVE night, we started worship. I was standing next to one of the younger boys and part way through worship I had... Read More
Engaging with others - Someone who has just recently joined our EPIC Youth - Whittlesea, spotted his friend while playing in the church car park. He was a family friend and also attended primary school with... Read More
10,000 Stories - As a Life Group leader, I am always looking to add more people to the group, and this morning I woke up from a dream where l had a message to... Read More
Learning to be Positive - We bought a property we are going to knock down  so we can build our dream home. I introduced myself to a few of the neighbours and in those conversations... Read More
A Story of Reconciliation - This story is to encourage mothers to never give up praying for their children.
 
I have been praying for seven years asking God to restore the relationship between my two sons, who were...
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A Journey to Salvation - I love to see God working through my role as chaplain to the motor sports family. One couple came and participated in pre-marriage training with me, and would often become a little emotional... Read More
Healing Testimony - I wanted to share that during worship in February 2015 the Lord told me there was going to be healing prayer offered. I went forward during the prayer time; I had... Read More
Reunited by God - I'd like to tell the story of a couple from our Chinese church. The wife moved out of the house after three years of  struggling marriage. The Life Group leader and I... Read More
Holy Spirit Encounter at Alpha - I originally came along to Alpha to support my friend who had a lot of questions, as well as to see what Alpha was all about, since I’ve heard so much about... Read More
School of Ministry - Through School of Ministry and working with Alpha, I have learned skills and uncovered talents that I never knew I had. My confidence and ability have increased, and allowed me to move personally... Read More
God Can Use Little to Do Much - I felt God pursued me join School of Ministry and eventually I commenced, mid-year. As the year comes to an end the feeding in to my soul and the transformation cannot be... Read More
Stories From the Community - Each year CityLife Church hosts a Christmas lunch through Community Care for those in the community facing hardship and isolation. Here are just a few of the comments from those... Read More
'Motherhood' Creating Stories - I just wanted to share a story about 'Motherhood'. I attended one of the mornings and it was great, but I had to rush off to my maternal health appointment.... Read More
A Story from our EPIC Youth - In preparation for our upcoming year 12 missions trip, at a Friday night we spoke about healing at Life Group. Joey came to share about healing and how to pray... Read More
God's Love Never Leaves - I first gave my life to Christ at a Billy Graham crusade when I was 11 years old. Through my teenage years I drifted away from my beliefs, getting carried... Read More
God our Provider - God is so wonderful - He provided the funds for an overseas trip and spending money. While I was away I asked God how I could help our Casey building... Read More
Stories from CityLife Kids - There have been so many stories of transformation coming from Kids church over the course of the year. The stories shared here have come from the time spent in Kid’s... Read More
A Story of Baptism - I would like to say a few words about what baptism means to me... I got baptised because I wanted to know what it was like to be closer to... Read More
The Positive Impact of Attending a Life Group - My story of transformation is about the positive impact of attending a Life Group for the first time. It also tells how I feel I am being transformed inside, through... Read More
An Amazing Healing - About five years ago I had a lot of health problems, which led to four discs damaged in my back. (As a result I had) five years of morphine-based medication,... Read More
An Alpha Experience - During the prayer time at the Alpha ‘day away’ I spoke to the group leader about hearing God's voice. This was the second Alpha course I have attended. I had... Read More
God Cares About the Details - Our old family car was in an accident and we reported a claim with insurance. We were advised that the market value had dropped tremendously, being that it was an... Read More
God our Provider - (Last December) I attended an interview for a higher position in my profession. I came to church and the pastor prayed for people looking for jobs. At around 8pm that... Read More
An Opportunity to Grow - (Last December) I was offered a full-time teaching position. The previous four years I had been unemployed or employed casually. God is faithful to all his promises. Despite the tough... Read More
A Serving Story from Alpha - It was my first time as a helper in Alpha. At the ‘Alpha day away’ the power of the Holy Spirit was overwhelming in the chapel, and seeing the participants... Read More
God Cares For Us - As I was leaving my Bible study group one of the other ladies, Margaret, asked me if I could make use of a vacuum cleaner. I said that I probably... Read More
My Story of Transformation (An Alpha Story) - I grew up in a Christian home but couldn’t recall a time I knew God. I knew he existed and was good and our Saviour, but I couldn’t seem to... Read More
Amazing Transformation – Victory Over Depression - My husband and I, along with our six-month-old daughter, first attended CityLife Church Manningham in September 2008. At that time, my husband and I were looking for a church where... Read More
A Story from our Chinese Church - I was a gambling addict. I had never liked gambling, never played card games, chess or Mah-jong. How did I become addicted? I was looking for someone in the casino... Read More
A Story From a New Christian - Being a Christian is life-changing. I used to work very hard in my own effort. I also studied very hard, but I was miserable. Now, since having Christ in my... Read More
A Transformed Life - I came strong in my faith when I followed my sister to a prayer group meeting over 15 years ago. I had gone to the prayer group meeting to support... Read More
A 'God Appointment' - This story happened on my way to work at church one Sunday. I was planning to stop and grab a coffee and something for breakfast. I drove past a few... Read More
A Story of Love, Forgiveness, and Freedom - I did not grow up as a Christian. I grew up in an inner-city suburb around housing commission flats. My father was an alcoholic. My mother is my hero and... Read More
The God of Restoration - My neighbour came over for a chat and cuppa one day. She was distressed about the estranged relationship between her and her son, and she was heartbroken. I encouraged her,... Read More
A Story of God’s Protection - Some years ago I was impressed by God to pray protection over my family. Later in the afternoon my wife rang to say our daughter had been lying on the... Read More
A Story from Alpha - It's was a blessing to join the 'Alpha Day Away'. It had been awhile since I experienced a touch from the Holy Spirit. (On that day) I felt something like... Read More
A Story About the Strength of Life Groups - A bit of background: This story is about a mum and daughter. The mother had battled with depression a couple of years ago. Recently she had an unfortunate car accident.... Read More
God Transforms the Emotional Pain - In primary school I went through so many friendship groups, but none of them worked out well. It took a huge toll on my life, and my mental health. Everyone... Read More
The Holy Spirit - During our Life Group BBQ, we found out that two of our Life Group members received the baptism of the Holy Spirit at the Encounter weekend at church in February.... Read More
A Story of Restoration - I separated from my husband because of mental and physical abuses. I tried to get help and consultation with seven pastors, including my old church pastor, but my ex-husband didn't... Read More
A Story of Healing - Nearly two years ago I was diagnosed with stage three breast cancer. After enduring surgery, six months of chemo and six weeks of radiation I was finally in remission and... Read More
Sharing a Story of Encounter - At the last ‘Encounter Weekend’ (in February) two of our Life Groups members received the gift of tongues simply because they wanted to receive it and braved the walk to... Read More
God Cares About Our Worries - I’ve had breast cancer twice in the past three years. A few weeks ago Brenda came up on stage and said she wanted to pray for people with neck pain... Read More
A Story from EPIC Youth - Friday night (before camp) was amazing! We decided to have a pre-camp gathering where we ate pancakes and planned to pray for camp. God lead us in a different direction... Read More
Story of Healing - Earlier this year I was unwell and, after a series of tests, was informed by my GP that I had hyperthyroidism that may be a chronic autoimmune disease called Graves... Read More
A Story from School of Ministry - Earlier this year, I felt God’s calling for me to go into full-time ministry. It has always been my desire since becoming a believer to serve God in a full-time... Read More
Stories From our Kids Church... - A few days ago I was on the monkey bars and I sprained my ankle. I kept praying and when I stood up, the pain was gone! A child from... Read More
Story of Transformation from School of Ministry - At the start of the semester I was really excited to begin this path (attending School of Ministry), as this was completely new to me and it was a big... Read More
Prayer and Healing - I had Wolf Parkinson White Syndrome, a heart condition that could lead to stroke or other heart complications. But thanks to much prayer and church support my condition has been... Read More
God’s Power of Reconciliation - My story is about the reconciling power of God in my marriage. More than ten years in to my marriage my husband and I had grown apart as we allowed... Read More
A Story of Revelation - Today I felt God. All my life I had wondered “who was God, why did God do this?...etc”, but today I realised that God had never left me. He has... Read More
A Story of Trust - We recently migrated to Australia. It is really God's blessing that my husband got a job within a short time. However, to be able to start-up a new life here... Read More
A Story of Financial Blessing - We decided to double our weekly offering a couple of months ago. Two weeks later, I was advised by my manager that they had approved my pay rise and also,... Read More
A Story of Provision and Answered Prayer - Over the past three years my husband has gone through a wilderness experience in the area of employment; we had a long period of searching and seeking and asking God... Read More
I Once Was Lost, but Now I'm Found - At the age of 17 I accepted Jesus and was baptised. Life was good; God was good. During my early twenties I ventured away - various addictions, clubbing, trying to... Read More
A Story from Kids Church - Manningham - A few weeks ago, the Kids Church had an ‘Encounter Sunday’ and did activities and had discussions around the story of salvation in Jesus. There was a great response from... Read More
A Story of Restoration, and the Ripple Effect - About a month ago I met Michelle, a lady who was acquainted with my son, who was going to have a medical procedure the following day. I felt compelled to... Read More
A Story of Healing - I had pain in my knees for over two months, the pain was so bad I could not sleep at night. Last Encounter weekend I came out for prayer and... Read More
God Our Provider - God has been really good! I was retrenched last September and have been searching for a job ever since. I thank God for my Life Group members who have been... Read More
God's Grace & Love - In 2014, I was in a destructive relationship based on dishonesty. She strung me along whilst she was looking to hook up with other people. It later became apparent that... Read More
A Miracle in My Life Group - One of the ladies in my Life Group had numbness and a tingling sensation in her arm for three years. One Sunday, during prayer time, she felt she needed to... Read More
A Story of Support - When I first came to CityLife I was going through a very difficult time. When I told the people at CityLife they took tender care for me through counselling, prayer... Read More
The Impact of Reaching Out - A member of our congregation was sitting in the foyer area after the CityLife Community Care Christmas lunch, when she started chatting to a client who had just been to... Read More
Finding my Identity in Christ - When I was at youth camp, in grade 5, I had leaders lay hands on me, pray and prophecy over me, and I was baptized in the holy spirit and... Read More
God Working Through Us - My husband works at Crown as a security guard in the hotels. He was chatting with one of the housekeeping staff who was really worried about losing her job, as... Read More
Finding Our Identity in God - As a child growing up I never knew what it was like to feel a parent’s love. I was told I was a mistake from birth. I had no faith... Read More
God Using Our ‘Space’ to Transform - At the beginning of the year we kicked off EPIC Youth with all our sites coming together at Knox. We held the meeting outside in our new car-park. The vision... Read More
Answered Prayer - I just wanted to give a praise report on God's faithfulness in answering prayer. I was standing at the front of the stage as part of the Prayer Ministry Team... Read More
God's Provision - Last year, I committed to give $100/month for the story building project. With three young kids and a mortgage to pay, our finances have been tight and we have been... Read More
A Story of Healing - My daughter was born with a heart defect. At 3 1/2 months she had open heart surgery and was told they had not completely fixed the defect and her heart... Read More
A Story of New Beginning - "I had pushed everybody away; family, friends and acquaintances. I had the whole world at my feet... for some reason even though I was blessed to have so much and... Read More
A Process of Healing - After a bad skiing fall approximately eight years ago, I badly damaged my lower back and both hips and was unable to walk without excruciating pain in my lower back... Read More
An Answer to Prayer - My daughter was looking for a part-time job and had handed out many resumes and applied online for many positions. One day, after I had dropped her off at the... Read More
God’s Transforming Power - Before the ALPHA course, I was a Buddhist. My friend then invited me to Alpha Life Group. She is very kind. In Alpha Life Group, I learned about God and... Read More
Hearing from God - I approached a prominent health drink organisation to try to find out if they would donate their health drink as part of the refreshments for the Chinese Senior Music and... Read More
A Story of Surrender - The turning point in my life began in February this year when my dad suddenly passed away. I asked myself countless times: 'Is this all there is to life?'' I... Read More
God’s Spirit - At Young Adult's Camp, during the ministry time Saturday night, I had an emotional encounter with God. His unfailing love and peace reigned over me and my heart was delivered... Read More
Story of a Life Saved - About 5 months ago I was suffering serious depression and it lead until I nearly killed myself. I was having continuous suicide thoughts until I felt God say to me... Read More
A Story of Transformation - I was saved as a child and attended a Baptist church for a few years with my sister. My mom is a Buddhist and my Dad is an atheist and... Read More
Healer of Our souls - Before I became a follower of Jesus I thought I was invisible and unimportant. I thought everyone else was normal and there was something wrong with me, due to the... Read More

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