Throughout its history, Mission Australia has always been a non-denominational Christian organisation. Today we continue to be driven by our Christian purpose and led by our values.
What the Bible says
The Bible regularly affirms support for all facing poverty, disadvantage or injustice. Our response should include these Biblical principles:
- Being a voice
Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy. (Proverbs 31:8-9 NIV)
- Sharing resources
For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was ill and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me... whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me. (Matthew 25:35-40 NIV)
- Showing love
Whoever oppresses the poor shows contempt for their Maker, but whoever is kind to the needy honours God. (Proverbs 14:31 NIV)
Let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth. (1 John 3:18 NIV)
These principles of being a voice, sharing resources and showing love are represented in our Founding Purpose:
'Inspired by Jesus Christ, Mission Australia exists to meet human need and to spread the knowledge of the love of God'
What we mean by being a non-denominational Christian organisation
Our founders were members of a broad range of Christian churches and we continue to be a non-denominational Christian organisation today.
We are not a church, but connect with Christians and churches who share our purpose through engagement in prayer, fundraising and volunteering. We also partner with many other people, organisations and governments to reduce homelessness and strengthen communities.
Mission Australia’s Christian foundation and Founding Purpose will always inform how we serve Australians in need on their journey to independence. This is primarily reflected in the way our everyday interactions demonstrate our values of compassion, respect, integrity, perseverance and celebration.
We encourage an inclusive work environment where Christians can be open about their faith. We welcome employees and volunteers from all walks of life who share and champion our values and reflect the communities in which we work.
Importantly, our services assist all Australians in need, including people of varied religions, people from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and culturally and linguistically diverse communities, people with disability and sexually and gender diverse people.
A statement of our Christianity
In summary, at Mission Australia when we say we are a Christian organisation we mean that we are:
- Motivated by God’s love
- Inspired by the life and teachings of Jesus who modelled servant leadership through serving others
- Responding to God’s call for justice and compassion in our communities.