A LONGTERM INVESTMENT IN MINISTRY
By giving through OCA you can be confident that your funds will go towards growing God’s church and impacting each society, not just this year, but in the decades ahead as competent leaders are trained for their ministry in their own country.
Overseas Council Australia comes alongside theological colleges who are training people to become change agents in their communities; people who share the gospel with words which are supported by their actions.
With OCA there is always the opportunity to support individual men and women in need of sponsorship studying at these or any of our other partner colleges. For $2,200 a year ($184 per month) you can train, equip and prepare someone called by God to minister in whatever context God has prepared for them.
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Current projects that you can support:
Local Online: A Global Strategy
While many colleges have successfully survived the lockdowns and disruptions to their teaching program through developing basic online classes, they have consistently indicated they need much more. This major initiative is designed to capitalise on what has been achieved in the past 12 months and extend it greatly. This can significantly increase the number of students able to study through online methods.
Funds will be used to provide a greater number of colleges with IT hardware, software and connectivity. Furthermore, the strategy will provide training for faculty members about how they can lift their educational competence to produce quality online programs. It will also provide new resources which can be adapted for every locality in the developing world, not providing one-size-fits-all content, but resources to strengthen the local faculty members in each place.
Equipping African Christians to Reach Muslims
As part of the Africa Mile Deep Strategy, OCA is encouraging the development of several centres of competence to help train church leaders in how to respond to expanding Islam in the continent. This response needs peacebuilding initiatives, but much more as well. The church needs to be strengthened by good apologetics – explaining the faith so Christians remain faithful to Christ – and it needs good missional understanding so church planting and evangelism can be done in appropriate ways for Africa.
Funds will be used to sponsor faculty members to study at the key new centres of learning in Egypt and Kenya.
Centre For Urban Mission, Kenya, Community Covid-19 Relief
$45,000 TOTAL ($25,000 ALREADY RAISED)
This project is tax deductible
After an initial slow start to COVID-19 infections in Kenya, the pandemic is impacting more and more people, particularly in the large informal settlements (slums) in the capital, Nairobi. The Centre for Urban Mission has a key role in training leaders and introducing empowerment training projects for people in this environment.
This project, administered by the Centre and its many students and alumni, will deliver relief to people suffering from the impact of COVID-19 through infection, loss of job or other difficulties.
India Community Covid-19 Relief
This project is tax deductible
In 2020 we provided funds to two of our partner colleges in India to distribute food and essential packs to several hundred families in their immediate context. With the even greater emergency happening in India now, we want to repeat this project so our partners can show the love of Christ in this very practical way.
Funds will be used by our partner colleges to purchase food and essentials to distribute to hundreds of needy families.
Shoulder to Shoulder Strategy
From the start of the pandemic OCA has worked closely with our partner Bible colleges to devise a wide ranging number of projects which cluster under four headings. The aim is to assist the colleges not just to survive, but to develop a suite of new institutional competencies which will last beyond the crisis. In this way, investing in the strategy will yield a far greater capacity for delivering training to leaders throughout the Pacific, Asia, the Middle East and Africa.
The Pasifika Strategy is a twenty five year plan to redefine theological training and church leadership in the Pacific. Now nine years into the strategy, OCA has supported the training of more than 50 evangelical church leaders and faculty members from Bible colleges across the Pacific at Masters level. With your help we can realise the 25 year goal to transform the church of the Pacific.
We are currently supporting 15 students in the MTh program from PNG and around the Pacific.
To learn more about this project, see our Pasifika Strategy Video. Click here to see video
$15,000 per family per year for MTh study
Africa Mile Deep Strategy
OCA launched a 15 year strategy in 2018 to assist the 105 Anglican Bible colleges across the continent. A key to the strategy was the identification of the six leading theological institutions across Africa. These are the colleges which influence and support the 100 smaller ones. The strategy has over 20 projects associated with it including upskilling faculty members, developing new courses and programs, and introducing new concepts which improve the whole system.
As part of the strategic planning between OCA and the leading colleges we have been working on a number of themes. Several of these are already well funded, e.g. pedagogy training for faculty, upgrades to faculty degrees and library funding. Some new themes have resulted in concrete projects which need support. The current highlighted project is:
OCA has been working with the hub colleges to provide inspiration, training and funding to 25 colleges around Africa to establish small business ventures e.g. utilising college land for farming. OCA provides loans ($5-10,000) to colleges after a local committee vets the business proposal. The money is repaid and re-circulated amongst the group of colleges. OCA is keen to keep rolling out this concept, training and loans around the continent.
To learn more about this project, see our Africa Mile Deep Video. Click here to see video
Funding need - $40,000 for the next group of colleges for conference, training and loans
Masters in Transformational Development
Throughout the developing world there are a myriad of Christian mission and non-government agencies working in aid and development. OCA has been supporting the delivery of a Masters course (MTD) to promote Biblically based ‘best practice’ for leaders already working in the field.
The MA is a field based program that reflects on the complexities of urban poverty. Students are all experienced and in mid to high level leadership in their organisations. They study six modules over three years, thus remaining in their work and implementing the things they learn.
Three centres are now operating in Malaysia, Egypt and Uganda. Funds are used to provide scholarships for students in one or other of the centres.
To learn more about this project, see our Masters in Transformational Development video. Click here to see video
Total Project: $50,000 will provide scholarships for 10 students