The BUV vision is to advance the Kingdom of God by empowering leaders for mission. The BUV is made up of more than 230 churches and congregations in the state of Victoria.
The BUV Mission Catalyst team inspires incarnational missional church planting and encourages established churches to focus on justice issues while engaging with their local communities in practical and innovative ways.
CBM’s vision is an inclusive world in which all people with disabilities enjoy their human rights and achieve their full potential. CBM aim to end the persistent cycle of disability and poverty, and restore life to millions of the world’s poorest.
CBM follow the teachings of Jesus, showing love in action to the most vulnerable. They provide emergency relief and medical assistance to address day-to-day needs. For a lasting effect on the lives of people with disabilities, CBM encourage self-reliance and participation. They also campaign to change attitudes to disability.
Cornerstone Community is a network of intentional communities in towns and suburbs across south-eastern Australia. The communities are formed by people responding to Jesus’ call to ‘follow me’, and exploring authentic spirituality in all of life.
Cornerstone communities express the life and message of the Kingdom of God in their town and region. They do this by 'incarnation': planting themselves in a neighbourhood, becoming part of that community and seeking to join in with what God is already doing there. The shape of these communities is as varied as the contexts in which they find themselves, but revolves around common themes of sharing life and resources, and engaging meaningfully with others in their wider communities.
Just Salvos is the social justice arm of The Salvation Army. They seek to bring transformation to a world that is weighed down by oppression and sadness.
Just Salvos work toward this by engaging with those suffering in our communities, not only for better understanding of the conditions of injustice, but also to stand in solidarity with those in need. They directly engage with influencers to break the unjust structures and powers that perpetuate cycles of oppression. Just Salvos educate others to understand the radical social Gospel that deeply roots us in the values of mercy, love and justice that must direct our daily lives, and not just our mission work.
TEAR Australia is a movement of Christians in Australia responding to the needs of poor communities around the world. TEAR’s motivation comes from their belief that God loves all people, and in Christ offers them the opportunity of a new life. TEAR believe that God is just, and has particular care for the poor and those who suffer as victims of injustice.
TEAR work in partnership with other Christian groups, including churches, relief and development agencies and community-based organisations, which are working with the poor in their communities. They seek to build effective relationships with these partners, grounded in mutual respect, trust and accountability. In Australia, TEAR work to inform and empower Christians, in partnership with local churches, to make a biblically-shaped response to suffering and oppressed communities.
Churches of Christ
We exist to cultivate an environment where a diversity of healthy and growing churches can thrive; where imagination and experimentation are encouraged and honoured. In this way we can together participate in God’s dream for the world: congregations and systems that serve them, thriving as the sign, foretaste and witness of God’s kingdom in Jesus in the midst of continually changing environments. It is this Kingdom dream, our common mission, that unites us.
In coming together we celebrate that each church is called to reach their own community (or mission context) in their own unique way, but that there are ways we can assist one another to be more effective in this. There are resources we can share as well as mutual benefits and responsibilities we have as we commit to one another in partnership and mission. At the heart of this relationship is the recognition that we are all united under the Lordship of Jesus Christ and are committed to key biblical beliefs and distinctives that reflect the Restoration movement of which we are a part.
The Uniting Church, Synod of Victoria and Tasmania
The Uniting Church is an Australian Christian movement. We share with Australian people in the search for meaning, purpose and community in life.
We are committed to justice and reconciliation between people. Through worship, sharing the story of Jesus, and service in the community, we witness to the belief that life is most fully found in God.
The Uniting Church has a strongly felt and argued sense of social justice. We have taken stances on issues such as native title for Indigenous people, the environment, apartheid and the status of refugees. These stances have been expressed in practical involvement and in political comment and advocacy.
World Vision is a worldwide community development organisation that provides short-term and long-term assistance to 100 million people worldwide (including 2.4 million children). For six decades, World Vision has been engaging people to work towards eliminating poverty and its causes. World Vision is committed to the poor because we are Christian. We work with people of all cultures, faiths and genders to achieve transformation. We do this through relief and development, policy advocacy and change, collaboration, education about poverty, and emphasis on personal growth, social justice and spiritual values.