State of the church and missions
According to the latest statistics Church attendance is down 48% but this statistic does not paint a true picture of what is happening in the churches across Australia. At OM Australia are working with churches to grow their mission focus. There is a long way to go but there are some really exciting things happening and Churches are growing.
Operation Mobilisation started in Australia in the late 1970s after a visit from the MV Logos. The head office was in the home of Don and Mavis Adams in Brisbane. When the TAS/VIC State rep Richard Beaumont was appointed National Field Leader in 1989 the head office moved to Melbourne. For the next ten years OM became firmly established in Australia. Program Director from the MV Logos II, Jonathan Rodwell was appointed in 2002 after a three year caretaker team managed the organisation. After 10 years in the role, Jonathan passed on the baton to former Youth Pastor, Noddy Sharma, in 2012. We are proud to be an important part of OM’s worldwide mission by offering training, finances and workers to fields all around the world.
What we do
We are a resourcing country and love serving the world to grow God’s Kingdom.
We are a team who love working together and are passionate about helping people find their fit in world mission.
Loving our neighbours, the next generation, church partnership, relief development and justice.
How you can get involved:
PRAY: Pray for our under supported workers around the world and that God would be glorified and in all that we do. (http://news.om.org/country-news/roq).
GO: http://www.om.org/en/opportunities (link to specific opportunities in your country/area)
More information about Australia (text box)
o Population: 23.762 million
o State of economy: Economic growth is up 2.5%. Unemployment rate is 5.9%. Average weekly earnings $1,137. Average price of residential dwelling $605. $1 Aussie dollar is .7306 USD.
o Religious make up: 61% Christian
o Personality of the culture/people: Australia is essentially a western culture. We are diverse in nationalities. We are people who are (mostly) easy going. We are very willing to lend a helping hand – especially in times of disaster.
o Spiritual needs: The spiritual needs of Australians are great. Many people are searching for meaning and purpose in their lives.