About Us

The GMP Story

Bringing lasting change together

We believe real change happens through authentic relationships. Instead of trying to push our solutions onto communities, we partner with local people around the world to help them create positive change in their communities. We also connect them with people like you; people who want to support life-changing initiatives, even when they’re happening beyond their own backyard. We think holistic mission and development should be more than just give and take; it should connect people across nations, and create positive change that lasts.

Who is GMP?

Global Mission Partners (GMP) has been investing in life-changing partnerships with churches, individuals and communities both overseas and within Australia for over 130 years. Formerly known as Australian Churches of Christ Overseas Mission Board Inc. our story began in 1891 as the Churches of Christ Foreign Missions Committee. Our strong history is evident in the quality and values of our partnerships, both internationally and in Australia. We want to see lives changed through relief and development, church partnerships, and Australian Indigenous ministry; and we’re committed to encouraging the next generation of young people to explore issues of mission and justice. We believe that mission must work with what God is doing and in partnership with local people.

We connect with, come alongside, and work together with our partners to learn, pray and act so that lives and communities are changed. 

Our Vision, Mission and Values


The GMP Family

We’re committed to changing lives for the better through holistic solutions. We believe that there isn’t just one way to connect people and bring positive change. That’s why we have a family of programs committed to creating life-changing partnerships through the following areas.

Church Partnerships

Connecting churches and people across nations to support, encourage and resource the work of the gospel through local churches.

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Relief and Development

Holistic Emergency Relief and long-term Community Development implemented through local partners, who work as agents of change in their communities.

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Indigenous Ministries

Partnering with and among Australian Indigenous people and encouraging new directions with Indigenous Christian Ministries.

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Community of Young People

A national community of young people, living out global mission together, through prayer, advocacy, and fundraising.

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Global Mission Partners is a member of the Australian Council for International Development (ACFID) and a signatory of the ACFID Code of Conduct. The Code requires members to meet high standards of corporate governance, public accountability, and financial management. More information about the ACFID Code of Conduct can be obtained from ACFID.

Global Mission Partners is accredited by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade of the Australian Government.  This accreditation requires a high standard of rigor in development projects conducted by COCOA.  It also gives GMP access to some funding streams, in particular the Australian Non-Government Organisation Cooperation Program.

Global Mission Partners is a supporter of the Campaign for Australian Aid, advocating that Australia can and should do more to help build a better, fairer future for all.

Global Mission Partners is a Registered Charity with the ACNC. The Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) Tick of Charity Registration (the Registered Charity Tick) gives reassurance that the charity is transparent and accountable by highlighting its presence on the ACNC Charity Register.

COCOA is a member of the ACT Alliance, a global alliance of church-based agencies working in advocacy, development and humanitarian work for a fairer world for all.  Where COCOA does not have a partner able to respond to a humanitarian crisis, COCOA works through the ACT Alliance.

Global Mission Partners is a member of Micah Australia. Micah Australia gathers, inspires and empowers Australian Christians as advocates, to share God’s heart for justice and raise a powerful voice with and for people in poor communities around the world.

The Church Agency Network is a group of 11 Australian church-based aid and development agencies. The network is an opportunity to work together and to share experiences and practice, recognising that together we can achieve much more. GMP is actively engaged in all CAN groups, which include CEOs, Program Managers, Program Effectiveness and Finance Managers. We value being part of CAN and the exchange of ideas, resources and the opportunities to collaborate that the network provides.



You can read the most recent Constitution below.
GMP Constitution -  9 December 2021


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