There’s a movement that is growing in Australia - a movement of hopeful followers of Jesus beginning to walk as one - fuelled by the knowledge that God is actively working in creation to reconcile and heal our broken world.
It is a movement marked by honest prayer and an informed biblical response.
It is marked by robust conversations and deep conviction.
By responding in partnership to challenge poverty and injustice.
By counter-cultural lifestyle choices and sacrificial giving.
By genuine personal action and collective change.
We believe the Australian Church should be at the forefront of this movement.
And we believe TEAR has a unique role within the Holy Spirit’s work of uniting and inspiring people to walk together towards God’s better tomorrow.
TEAR is, and has always been, a peoples' organisation. It is a community of disciples committed to being practical in expressing their faith; passionate about their discipleship in seeking to express God's love and concern for the poor; and rigorous in exploring the scriptures to learn and to inform both belief and practice. It is an inclusive organisation.
Advocate for justice for the world’s poor. Advocacy can be done directly by those affected by injustice or on their behalf, or by a combination of both. Anyone can undertake advocacy work – it does not need to be left to professionals or experts.
We can't create change alone. Local events are a fantastic way to connect with other supporters to learn, pray and take action together. And volunteers are at the centre of these events, enabling the program to meet the needs of the participants.Contact your local TEAR office to volunteer
TEAR’s office volunteers are the ‘behind the scenes’ legends that make the TEAR movement hum. Their passion and dedication is vitally important in seeking a more just and compassionate world. As an office volunteer you will play a central role, working with staff and other volunteers in shaping our work around the country. We need people with different skills and gifts - admin gurus, passionate communicators, digital whiz’s and advocates.Contact your local TEAR office to volunteer
We believe that justice must be embodied for it to be enacted in our world, and volunteering is one way to embody action. Meet some of our amazing volunteers:
Based in Canberra, Hannah has a long history with TEAR, spanning involvement with TEAR groups, Useful Gifts Shops, advocacy campaigns and more recently, travelling with us on a Cambodia DEEP trip! To add to the list, she’s now our Volunteer ACT Coordinator.
Hannah says: “I’ve found immense joy in engaging people and communities with TEAR and its intentional ethos as we ask together how we can live out a just faith. I value my volunteer work as people-driven and embedded in a Kingdom theology; which happen to be just two of my favourite things.
“I find that volunteering allows for a constant renewal and reminder of the experiences and circumstances my brothers and sisters are faced with all over the world and it results in a constant compulsion to both sit with and act into the injustices we see. I also admire the many people I get to work alongside, and how they deal with these reminders of the need to act justly, love mercy and walk humbly. These are huge supports in my faith, and regular doses of inspiration.”
Dan is been involved with TEAR for many years, and is currently involved with the Renew Our World campaign. He's volunteered with TEAR for Voices for Justice, the Beyond Festival and TEAR’s Students forTomorrow School Program.
Dan says: “The best part about volunteering with TEAR is getting to know other TEAR volunteers and staff, and being inspired by what they’re doing in and through their communities.”
“Staying informed about the work of TEAR’s partners is really important in maintaining perspective and purpose in my life. Aiming to achieve big goals in TEAR campaigns helps stretch my faith. We couldn’t do any of this without God’s help.”
Note: TEAR Australia is committed to child-safe practices. Volunteers may be asked to provide a current Working with Children card to perform certain tasks .