Anglican Board of Mission (ABM) is the national mission agency of the Anglican Church of Australia.
ABM works with Anglican Church Partners to develop and provide for the spiritual, social and material needs of people, both overseas and within indigenous communities in Australia.
ABM’s Partners include:
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Anglicans
- The Anglican Church of Papua New Guinea
- The Episcopal Church in the Philippines
- The Anglican Church of Melanesia
- The Anglican Church of Korea
- The Anglican Church of Myanmar (Burma)
- The Church of the Province of South East Asia (Diocese of Singapore)
- The Episcopal Church of Jerusalem and the Middle East
History of ABM
The Anglican Board of Mission was established in 1850, by the bishops of the then Church of England in Australia. The motivation for its founding was a plea from the Bishop of New Zealand, Bishop Selwyn, for funds to buy a boat from which the Church could take the Gospel to the islands of Melanesia. The fruits of this became the Melanesian Mission, and later the independent Anglican Church of Melanesia, which continues to partner with ABM today.
In the 1880s ABM supported missions to the Indigenous people of Australia, and in 1891 ABM sent the first Anglican missionaries to the island of New Guinea, which became established as a diocese within the Church of England in Australia. The Anglican Church of Papua New Guinea became an independent church in 1976.
Throughout the 20th century, ABM was active in supporting missions in the Pacific as well as around the world, including China, Japan, India, Indonesia, and part of Africa. Support for the Diocese of Jerusalem began in the first decades of the 20th century and continues today.
ABM sent Australian Anglicans to Korea in the 1950s, and the independent Anglican Church of Korea remains a partner today. The Episcopal Church of the Philippines became a partner of ABM in the early 1990s, as did the Anglican Church of Myanmar.