Finke River Mission
We are a large ministry agency, with our own website. Please visit us to discover how we serve with the Aboriginal communities of central Australia.
The Lutheran Church of Australia (LCA) has a long and positive history of ministry and care among the Indigenous people of Australia. The early German missionaries worked hard to preserve culture and language while also protecting the people from the many threats that existed during this time.
Today those missionaries are honoured by Aboriginal Lutherans for the respect, dignity and care they showed. As a consequence of the hard work and foresight of those early missionaries, many thousands of Indigenous Australians are now included in the Lutheran family. Lutheran ministry among Aboriginal people continues today, largely through the efforts of Indigenous church leaders based in their own remote communities and family groups with active support and involvement from the following three organisations.
There are three main areas of Aboriginal ministry in the LCA:
- Central Australia – Finke River Mission, a ministry of the national LCA
- South Australia (Far West Coast and urban Adelaide)
Contact SA–NT District 08 8267 5211
- Far North Queensland
Contact Queensland District 07 3511 4000
Finke River Mission
Finke River Mission (FRM) has served the Aboriginal people in Central Australia for over 130 years. It supports over 60 Aboriginal pastors and church leaders who, together with FRM personnel and the Alice Springs Lutheran Church, share the gospel with more than 6000 Aboriginal Lutheran people in and around Alice Springs.
Through FRM the LCA also provides Christian secondary education at Yirara College in Alice Springs and Kintore to approximately 200 Indigenous boarding students from remote Northern Territory, Western Australia and Queensland. FRM operates a general store service and the Historical Precinct in Hermannsburg at the request of the local community.
We have our own website. Please visit us.