Who are we?
The Living Room is currently a small group of people living 'a bike ride' away from one another(for some its a longer ride than others but we try to live close to each other) in the inner northern suburbs of Melbourne. We range in age from 3 through to our 40's. We are diverse in both our occupations/courses of study and in our previous experiences of church yet we are united in our passion for Jesus and our desire to explore what it means to be followers of him in postmodern Melbourne.
The Living Room is not a community that has been set up in isolation. We are aware of our need for fellow travellers on the journey in which we have embarked and foster the following relationships.
- The Baptist Union of Victoria is a major supporter of our group both in an initial financial way but also with practical support and accountability.
- Forge is an informal partners with Living Room through the involvement that Darren with it. Forge is a missional training network who has a lot of experience in innovative mission and church planting. Whilst the relationship between Living Room and Forge is informal in nature – it provides a wealth of experience to our new community.
LivingRoom's members make up its leadership team. We believe that God's given us the gifts to support each other in our journeys and seek to do that in a variety of ways.
If there is a formal leader than it is Darren Rowse who serves as the team leader of the Living Room. He is 32 years of age, married to 'V' and currently lives in North Fitzroy. Darren previously worked as a young adults minister at Doncaster Community Church of Christ. Before this he managed the band 'Corazon' as it toured nationally doing high school evangelism in 1999 and was employed for four years as youth pastor at Glenbervie Baptist.
Darren has a Bachelor of Theology and completed an internship with Forge in 2001. He also works as an associate for Forge Victoria. He feels that he is called to develop new forms of community in the inner north of Melbourne and is excited by the birth of the Living Room. He also runs a small website related business. Darren is a creative thinker, gifted communicator and has a growing passion for relevant mission to young people. You can learn more about Darren and the Living Room at his Blog