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.This is a review of the charity Melbourne School of Theology (MST). It uses the information they have put on the charity regulator’s website (the ACNC Register) and the information on their own website. (We also sent them a draft of this review – see their response below.)
Apart from seeking students to invest in a course, MST seeks your donation.
The MST ACNC Register entry gives this under ‘Summary of activities’:
A charity’s activities should be chosen to advance the mission. This is MST’s mission:
MST exists to equip God’s people with transformational theology, biblical depth, and a missional heart, to effectively communicate the Gospel of Christ to a diverse and changing world.
As Christians, we are required to be good stewards of the resources God has provided us (e.g. 1 Corinthians 4:2). To do this, we need to have discernment (e.g., Proverbs 1:5). Therefore, unless we are giving just to make ourselves feel better, we should have an interest in seeing that the money we are giving is likely to be used both properly and effectively.
Everything that MST is doing may be being done ‘properly’, but unless the money is producing the change in people that MST intends, that is, has an impact, the money would be better used elsewhere. And the same applies if the impact is less than is being achieved by another charity.
Nowhere does MST acknowledge that the impact of its courses is a relevant question for donors. Consistent with this, there is no information on the website about their success in helping their students to ‘to effectively communicate the Gospel of Christ’ on the website. Nor is any offered. (All you can do is to contact them, and see if they have any information on impact available.)
They did not respond to a draft of this review.
[The format of this review was changed on 23 January 2021; the content was not changed.].
And holds us accountable for their use (Luke 16:1-9). ↑
See also Proverbs 14:15 and Prov 19:2. ↑
The ACNC has previously – the Fact Sheet is no longer on the site – explained impact this way:“Every charity has a mission that is associated with producing a public benefit. As this mission is pursued, the changes produced in individuals and their communities can be referred to as the charity’s ‘impact.’ If you are donating to a charity, you may wish to make sure that your donation is creating the greatest impact possible.’There is no reason why this wouldn’t still be their view. ↑
This, from the Financial Report 2019 [ACNC Register], is their report of resources consumed: ↑