Media Release

Christian Churches: A Vital Force for Good in Tasmanian Communities  

As Tasmania grapples with pressing and complex challenges, including loneliness, economic hardship, and cultural isolation, Christian churches emerge as beacons of hope and compassion, offering solace and practical assistance to those in need. 

Commenting on a series of events convened by Tasmanian faith and civic leaders recently in Devonport, Launceston and Hobart as they plan together for continuing their work for positive change, Director for Policy and Research and State Director for Tasmania of the Australian Christian Lobby (ACL), Christopher Brohier, said, “It is important to recognise the collective community impact of Tasmanian Christian churches and faith-based organisations and celebrate their contributions.  

“The recent Impact Audit report by NAYBA Australia highlighted the significant positive social impact generated by Christian churches and faith-based organisations in addressing the pressing needs of vulnerable populations across Tasmania. The report revealed insights into the following areas of social impact: 

Community Support: Christian churches in Tasmania are actively engaged in a diverse array of community support initiatives, with 284 services delivered statewide addressing 13 of the most acute social needs with projects targeting social isolation and loneliness, mental health, and financial/food insecurity as top priorities. Over 200,000 individuals benefited from these services, resulting in 1.9 million well-being-enhancing interactions—an uplifting force touching the equivalent of 38% of Tasmania’s population. 

Economic Impact: The economic contribution of Christian churches to the Tasmanian economy is substantial, with surveyed organisations contributing over $70 million in total social impact value to the State in the past 12 months alone. 

Emphasising the report’s significance, Christopher Brohier continued, “Despite facing increasing political fire and criticism from certain groups who oppose them, Christian churches and faith-based organisations have been shown in this report to remain steadfast in their commitment to improving the quality of life for Tasmanians. The report underscores their collective desire and efforts to uplift and empower communities, following Jesus’ own example of service and sacrifice. 

“The enduring dedication of the churches to serve the community and advocate for the marginalised underscores their pivotal role in fostering positive change and social cohesion in Tasmanian society.” 

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