Collection 392 - Anglican Deaconess Ministries collection

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Anglican Deaconess Ministries collection


  • 1861-2023 (Creation)

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ADM is the name of the organisation previously known as the Deaconess Institution.

"ADM began 130 years ago when an Anglican Minister and his wife, Rev. Mervyn and Martha Archdall, set aside a quarter of his stipend for the equipping of Christian women. The Archdalls set up a lay order, the “deaconesses”, modelled on a similar order in Germany, and in 1891 ADM was born.
Through prayer and partnership, sacrificial serving and giving, our work grew from small beginnings over many years to include hospitals, nursing homes and schools. Always at the centre has been a foundation built on Jesus Christ and serving him.
As our society has changed over the years, so has the shape of ADM’s work. ADM continues our legacy through a diverse range of innovative programs for Christian women, to see them equipped and encouraged for gospel work in its broadest sense.
As a Christian organisation, our highest priority is to see people come to know Christ and grow in him. NCLS Research tells us that 60% of the Australian church is female. At ADM, we work to see every Christian woman using their gifts so that God’s kingdom would grow across Australia and the world. We are committed to seeing women growing in Christ, being built up as they serve the Lord and being provided with the resources they need to reach the world for Jesus.
ADM is proudly a member organisation, with members drawn from a diverse range of settings and interests. All our members share a common desire to see women equipped and encouraged to serve Christ and his Church."

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Inaugurated in 1891 in St Marys, Balmain. The name 'Bethany' was used in the early years but the official title was approximately The Church of England Deaconess Institution Sydney Limited. Incorporated as Anglican Deaconess Institution Limited (ADSIL) in 1996, the Institution adopted a CEO and a more corporate and independent constitution in 2008, and was renamed Anglican Deaconess Ministries Limited in 2011

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Transferred March 2023, under a Permanent Loan agreement.

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Permission of Anglican Deaconess Ministries CEO required to access material relating to Pallister Church of England House. All other material is unrestricted.

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