About Us

Our Purpose

To build and encourage self-sustaining faith-based communities with people on the margins who may feel uncomfortable in existing faith communities.

Our Values

Accepting and embracing ‘the stranger’

Recognising and encouraging the best in one another

 Sharing strengths and resources to support each other in spiritual, practical, material and emotional ways

Building genuine connections for long term community transformation

Honouring God and growing in relationship with Him

Our People

Mark Matthews

National Manager for Empowered Faith Communities

Mark has worked in the social welfare sector of Melbourne for 30 years. He holds Diplomas in Social Science and Business and is trained in providing professional supervision and counselling and is experienced in community development.

Mark’s work has involved providing direct casework to clients, leading teams of Social Work and Health professionals in service provision, and being instrumental in designing, developing and managing major crisis accommodation centres and housing programs across Melbourne.

Since 2007, Mark has been responsible for the ongoing development of the COACH Community Mentoring program. Mark has developed the frameworks of Empowered Faith Communities (EFC). He team leads an EFC in Rosebud (Victoria) that is offered to people who don’t feel they could easily fit within a mainstream church, empowering them to become agents of influence and change in their own social space.

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