Australian Christian World Shapers

101 Faces4-960x300 for schoolsChristianity has had a huge impact on Australia and in setting Australia’s values. And there are opportunities for teachers within the Australian school curriculum, both primary and secondary, to incorporate our Christian heritage and Australia’s Christian heritage into their teaching program. These stories of Australian Christians who have impacted Australia can be used in that teaching.

Below are the stories of many Australian Christians who through their Christian values and talents have made a positive difference for the world. Some of these Christians are scientists, and some have made social improvements for their societies. Some have improved education opportunities for many. Some have been politically active and changed our nations future. Some have been aboriginal Christians and have improved conditions for their people. Some have been good at sport, and some have been industrialists. There are men and women. All have made a difference. Use this material in school projects. All stories have an audio as they were broadcast on Songs of Hope radio program in Melbourne. Some of the stories also have an accompanying video.

Here are some possible assignment questions:

  1. Who officiated at the Federation Day ceremony in Australia? Was this ceremony a Christian ceremony? Why do you say that?
  2. Who was the first Methodist Christian minister in Australia? Did he set up any new churches? How did he get on with the authorities?
  3. Which Australian church sent missionaries to Korea?
  4. Does our queen have a religious responsibility? Why do you say that?
  5. Name an Australian scientist who was a Christian. How did his religion affect his work?
  6. Tell the story of one aboriginal Christian

Australian Christians who made a difference and have been Australian-shapers.

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