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Baptist Financial Services Australia Limited (BFS) ABN 56 002 861 789 has been operating for over 30 years and provides financial services across Australia to support Christian ministry. BFS is a delegated body of Australian Baptist Ministries.

BFS is a public company limited by guarantee and a Registered Charity. ‘BFS’ is a registered trademark. BFS has been endorsed by the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission (and formerly, the Australian Taxation Office) as an Income Tax Exempt Charitable Institution on the basis of Advancement of Religion for the operation of financial services. BFS has the ACNC Tick of Charity Registration.

BFS holds a Australian Financial Services Licence AFSL 311062 issued by ASIC and is required to comply with all licence conditions. A copy of the BFS AFSL can be found here. BFS is not prudentially supervised by APRA. Therefore, an investor in our products will not receive the benefit of the financial claims scheme or the depositor protection provisions in the Banking Act 1959. Investments in our products are intended to be a means for investors to support the charitable purposes of BFS.

The yield on client funds lodged with BFS is used to support our charitable purposes and provide services to churches and associated Christian ministries. BFS have Identification Statements lodged with ASIC regarding our products, the current versions of which can be viewed on our website here, under 'Disclosure Documents'. We are also required by law to notify you that our products and services are not subject to the usual protections for investors under the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth) and are not regulated by ASIC. Our investments are only intended for investors whose primary investment purpose is to support our charitable purposes, and our products are not comparable to investments issued by banks, finance companies or fund managers. Investors may be unable to get some or all of their money back when they expect to, or at all.

Client funds lodged with BFS may be used for loans to Churches, Church organisations, charities and other Christian ministries or invested in investments which meet the terms of the Trustee Act 1925 (NSW).

 

Our mission is simple...

To Resource Christian Ministry through Good Stewardship

Our Vision

To be a leading Christian Financial Services Provider

To be the Church Development Agency for Baptist Churches of Australia

Our Values

In reflecting Jesus, we value:

        Courage

        Integrity

        Relationships

        Collaboration

        Accountability

Our Moral Owners

The Baptist Churches of Australia

 

Why Support BFS?

Our sole purpose is to resource, develop and enhance Christian ministry.

BFS seeks client funds to support the development of Christian ministry. This has proven to be a wonderful encouragement to many Churches and other Christian ministries by providing the resources needed to fund their development and expansion. In doing this, BFS seeks to provide support and understanding to churches and organisations operating in an environment that continues to become more complex.

“BFS's ministry flows from an underlying awareness that Christians are called to live in unity in purpose, practice and promise.

Paul’s words to the Ephesian church make this clear when he speaks of the glorious hope that belongs to those who through the exercise of one faith and one baptism serve the one God and Father, who is over all and in all and living through all. (refer Eph 4:4 & 5 NLT).

How wonderfully this is expressed and how great is the blessing when ministry opportunities in one place are able to be seized through BFS loaning funds lodged with it by clients living in another!”

- Allan Priest, BFS Director & Past President of the Baptist Churches of SA