Who we are
SU Australia works alongside churches and communities to give children, young people and their families opportunities to discover hope and life in God’s big story.
We do this through the provision of school chaplaincy services, camps, community-based missions, schools ministry, at-risk youth programs, and offer nationally recognised training programs in youth work at both Certificate IV and Diploma levels.
To bring God’s love, hope, and good news to children, young people, and families.
The story of Scripture Union Queensland (SU QLD) is one of many everyday people being inspired to reach out to young people who are in need – in need of someone to listen, someone to care, and someone to speak hope into their life. None of SU QLD’s founders, supporters, volunteers, or workers could have imagined where the journey would lead the organisation, but we are here now, providing school chaplaincy, camping, at-risk programs, outreach events, and training, continuing to provide hope to young people. In providing support to children, there is also a desire to help them develop a sense of social conscience, that they would take what they have learned and help others.
Scripture Union began in the late-1800s, thanks to the efforts of a young English man and woman, Josiah Spiers and Annie Marston.
The history of this organisation is testament to many faithful individuals like Josiah and Annie, who, over the past century, have lovingly built an unbroken path to where we are today. We are indebted to them for the foundations they laid and the legacy they created, which we have now inherited.
Change and growth have been the hallmarks of this journey. From a solely volunteer organisation to one with paid staff, bringing together, under one banner, The Crusader Union, Inter Schools Christian Fellowship (ISCF), Children’s Special Service Mission and Scripture Union – from lunchtime ISCF groups to full-time chaplains in schools, from community outreach events to risk youth programs, and training new leaders to work with a new generation of children and young people – it looks very different to what it once did. And yet some things remain unchanged – the commitment to children and young people is still the driving force.
The pioneering spirit saw many trails blazed by individuals, often working alone, covering large areas.
As the major employing authority of chaplains in schools, we have an obligation to provide a professional service that meets all the required standards, and we continue to do so.
It is because of the generosity of our supporters that we can continue to bring hope to young people. SU QLD is part of a worldwide movement operating in more than 130 countries.