The CMA Standards Council was officially launched at special events at Melbourne’s Athenaeum Club on 16 November 2017 before an audience of over 100 people, and at Sydney's Pullman Quay Grand on December 5th. Rev Dr Gary Hoag of ECFA kicked off the Melbourne launch, skyping in from Colorado, speaking on the international movement for accountability and welcoming the CMA Standards Council on behalf of its international counterparts based in the USA, Canada, Kenya, the Philippines and South Korea. Murray Baird, Acting Commissioner of the ACNC, spoke next on the Australian regulatory picture and the ACNC’s endorsement of and support for the Standards Council. Next Christopher Thorn spoke on Christian generosity and how it will be impacted by the Standards Council. Paul Flavell from TEAR Australia then spoke on what it means to TEAR Australia to be accredited, and how accreditation builds the whole body of Christ. The Executive Director of the Standards Council, Steve Kerr, finished up with why we are doing this from a biblical perspective, what is involved in accreditation and our vision for the future. The Sydney launch included presentations from Cameron Doolittle (from Generosity Path USA), David Smith (Genesis Foundation) and Peter James (SU Queensland).
“This is a significant day for the Australian Christian sector”, said Steve, “and marks a new way forward for Christian charities, churches and schools to become more effective, build trust and confidence with their donors and other stakeholders, and show the world that we take our obligations as good corporate citizens seriously.” Each of the speakers urged all Christian organisations which want to build trust to seek accreditation. If you are interested in becoming one of our Partners, please visit our website and fill in an Application Form.