TEAR Members



An Invitation to Membership

Membership offers those with a history of TEAR involvement a way to serve and safeguard the mission, vision and values of TEAR. At the 2011 AGM the TEAR Board announced it would like to increase the number of active Members starting in 2012.

TEAR Membership

We hope all TEAR supporters see themselves as part of the TEAR movement for a more just and compassionate world. But legal members of TEAR as a company limited by guarantee have a particular governance role. Members serve five year terms which are renewable. Please prayerfully consider if you are interested in becoming a member.

TEAR Members

TEAR Membership

Please prayerfully consider if you are interested in becoming a member. You can contact Karen Quast at membership@tear.org.au or call 03 9264 7000 for more information.

What kinds of things do members do?

Members safeguard the mission, vision and values of TEAR by holding the Board accountable to TEAR’s constitution and ensuring that appropriate people are elected to TEAR’s Board of Directors.

Members are expected to actively participate in the AGM, held each November and vote on proposals brought to this meeting. Members consider relevant financial, legal and governance information to make informed decisions on important TEAR business, including Board elections and constitutional changes.

But I thought I was already a member?!

You may not be. Unless you have formally applied to the TEAR Board and been accepted you are not a legal member of TEAR. If you are a current member of TEAR you will receive election ballots for TEAR's AGM and other correspondence throughout the year relating to TEAR's governance.

I want to apply. What’s the next step?

Please prayerfully consider if you are interested in becoming a member. You can contact Karen Quast at membership@tear.org.au or call 03 9264 7000 for more information. After a short phone conversation, a membership pack will be sent out to you and the application process can start.

The Membership Committee review all applications and make an assessment based on people’s commitment to the Mission of TEAR. Commitment is demonstrated by an active Christian faith and by participating in biblically shaped responses to global poverty and injustice, including through pathways provided by TEAR Australia. In particular, members are expected to join together in the following expressions of commitment:

  • Praying faithfully for TEAR Australia (the communities TEAR partners work with, TEAR partners, volunteers and staff, supporters and supporting churches).
  • Living in ways that promote justice for the poor.
  • Giving consistently to the work of TEAR.
  • Participating in advocacy actions on behalf of the world’s poor.
  • Learning more about the Bible, about justice, about poverty and development.

TEAR publicises avenues for these activities through its publications, website, emails and events. Involvement in a TEAR Group or as a TEAR Representative in a church are examples of important ways in which members actively respond to poverty and injustice.

Successful applicants sign a covenant detailing their commitment to fulfil the membership role, particularly through participation in the annual AGM.

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About TEAR

TEAR Australia is a Christian development, relief and advocacy organisation responding to global poverty and injustice. More >

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