CEO Update, December 2018

On 8 November I was delighted to present at our Annual General Meeting some of the key highlights from the 2017-18 financial year. There is little doubt that we are making a difference in many lives, as we continue to deliver our mission to bring the light of Christ into our communities.

Part of our journey in this past year included:

  • four major development projects at Stanthorpe, Warwick, Little Mountain and the Gold Coast
  • launching our Youth CONNECT Program
  • opening our Kurrajong Townhouses in Kallangur
  • acquiring new residential aged care services at Acacia Ridge and Ingham
  • commencing the roll out of the Virtual Dementia Tour™
  • bringing light, love and the word of Christ to our communities throughout our 63 affiliated churches
  • finished 2017-18 with $818 million in assets and $276 million in revenue.

I encourage you to read our 2017-18 Annual Review on our website at Here, you will be able to gain a better understanding and fuller picture of our key undertakings and achievements over the 2017-18 period as you read our At a Glance document, Consolidated Financial Report and Annual Review articles.

Strategic Plan 2019-24 update

We are finalising our Strategic Plan 2019-24. I very much look forward to sharing this with you early in the New Year.

Thank you to everyone who has provided valuable input to this exciting future plan that will shape and guide our organisation, churches and movement over our next season.

Remote visits

In October, I was joined by other members of our Executive Group on a trip out to the western Queensland town of Blackall in order to visit our Barcoo Living Multi-Purpose Service. You will be able to read more about this trip and some of the people we met on page 25.

Over this past year, members of the Board, along with the Council, have travelled to either end of Queensland with trips to the Far North West including Cloncurry and Mount Isa, and around South East Queensland, Stanthorpe and Warwick. You can read an update about their trips and their other activities on page 5.

I, alongside our Council, Board and senior executive members, very much enjoy being able to visit our services, churches and communities, particularly in our more remote rural areas where their presence is making such a visible positive impact on the community in which they serve. I look forward to travelling a lot more in order to engage with more people, services, churches and communities in 2019 and seeing first-hand the multitude of ways community needs are being met.

Board and Council

I would like to thank the Board and Council for their support throughout 2018. They have had a challenging year, making a number of key decisions in order to shape our future and keep us moving towards achieving both our strategic goals and our mission.

Christmas wishes

I would like to wish each of you and your families a joyful, peaceful and blessed Christmas and a safe New Year. I look forward to connecting with more of you in 2019. Thank you for travelling this sacred journey with us this year.

Gary Edwards
Chief Executive Officer


Posted December 12, 2018 in Networking blog