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The Anglican Board of Mission (ABM) is the National Mission organisation of the Anglican Church of Australia.

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Anglican Board of Mission (ABM)

Changes at ABM

The Anglican Board of Mission (ABM) is the National Mission organisation of the Anglican Church of Australia. ABM’s understanding of mission is a very holistic one, with development working hand in hand with its mission outreach. ABM grounds all its work in one or more of the Five Marks of Mission of the Anglican Communion and its development work embraces the Global Goals for Sustainable Development which aim to significantly reduce global poverty, hunger, and disease by 2030.

The Five Marks of Mission are a framework used to describe and encourage ministry throughout the worldwide Anglican Communion:

  • To proclaim the Good News of the Kingdom
  • To teach, baptize, and nurture new believers
  • To respond to human need by loving service
  • To seek to transform unjust structures of society, to challenge violence of every kind and to pursue peace and reconciliation
  • To strive to safeguard the integrity of creation and sustain and renew the life of the earth

ABM enjoys full membership of the Australian Council for International Development, which is a network of Australian Non-Government Organisation (NGOs) that share a commitment to poverty reduction and the promotion of human rights.

A Restructure for ABM is being realised

ABM is undergoing a restructure largely due to the Australian Government’s reduced overseas aid budget. For the past few years this has had an impact of what and how ABM’s partnerships with other countries, can be supported. As a result, the program arms of ABM are now identified as:

  1. Australian Programs – community development in Australia, education programs for the Australian Church and communities, Support of NATSIAC and Reconciliation programs all of which are not supported by any government funding; and
  2. Overseas Programs which are the Church to Church Partnerships and programs, some of which attract partial Government funding and tax deductibility.

The Overseas programs will come under a renamed and restructured Development Committee called Anglicans in Development (AID).

All ABM programs and partnerships strive for mutuality, equity, accountability, and respect.

New Chairperson of the ABM Board

Bishop Gary Weatherill has retired as Chairperson of the ABM Board after six years in the position. Bishop Gary’s time as chairperson has been one of evaluation and refocusing of the work of ABM and a review of the governance structure of the ABM Board. For this we are very thankful, we acknowledge his commitment to ABM and his deep understanding of the importance of ABM in the life of the National Church.

Bishop Gary has been replaced as Chairperson by Father Andrew Sempell. Andrew has been a member of the ABM Board since 2019 and has ministered in the Dioceses of Armidale, Grafton, and Bathurst before taking up the position of Rector at St James’ King Street in Sydney. He has also had a variety of other ministries which included a time in the Australian Defence Force Chaplaincy Service including as part of the Peace Monitoring Group in Bougainville in PNG in 1999.

Andrew brings to the role of ABM Board Chairperson much experience in governance and strategic visioning, with a desire for ABM to be a catalyst for change in the broader church. He realises the challenges embodied in the growing marginalisation of the church is Australian society and for a Mission Agency such as ABM, the accompanying decline in financial support.

When asked how he envisaged helping ABM to meet these challenges, Andrew replied, ‘Our concept of mission must incorporate diversity, much like a healthy ecosystem does. Mission must have the capacity to change over time, just as a species evolves biologically. ABM has a role to help the church overcome its crisis of adaptation to a changing world’.

Andrew is fascinated by the idea of God’s mission, and how we discern this for the church’s engagement with the world.

Image Fr Andrew Sempell, ABM’s new Board Chair, is Rector of St James, King Street, Sydney. © Fr Andrew Sempell.

Father Andrew Sempell

Local ABM Committee reignited!

At the December meeting of the Diocesan Council, membership of the Perth Local Committee for ABM was approved. This is exciting news as the Local ABM committee had been largely disbanded over the last few years as other pressing matters needed addressing.

The new Committee members are:

  • The Venerable Lionel Snell (Chairperson)
  • Ms Claire Duffy
  • The Reverend Canon Dr Philip Raymont Mr Philip Goldsworthy
  • The Reverend Jacob Legarda
  • The Venerable Angela Webb (ABM Board Director)

The new Committee will have its first meeting early in 2021. Look out for new initiatives, fundraising events, social gatherings, and opportunities to engage in the work of ABM here in Perth.


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