The mission of MCF is to promote Christian faith in the Australian Defence Force (ADF). The specific ministry objectives of MCF are:
- Be an instrument through which others in the ADF are led to Christ.
- Encourage, support, and develop Christians in the ADF, especially when deployed.
- Support actively the ministry of ADF Christian Chaplains.
Operation Fruitful Tree, as outlined in MCF's Strategic Plan 2010 - 2014, can be downloaded here.
You can also download the Op Fruitful Tree summary for 2011 here.
MCF's entire Constitution, completely rewritten and passed at the AGM on 17 November 2005, can be downloaded here.
Statement of Belief
MCF is a non-denominational, Australian Taxation Office registered charity (ABN 47 812 823 572) that operates within the ADF. MCF has no specific theology nor does it subscribe to any specific doctrine, except that specified in the Bible. In order to achieve unity and avoid confusion with non-Christian groups MCF members agree to the following statement of faith (which is based upon the Nicene Creed, arguably the most agreed doctinal statement of faith in the history of the Christian church).
I believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all that is, seen and unseen. I believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, of one Being with the Father. Through Him all things were made. For us men and for our salvation He came down from heaven: by the power of the Holy Spirit He was incarnate of the Virgin Mary, and became man. For our sake He was crucified under Pontius Pilate; he suffered death and was buried. On the third day He rose again in accordance with the Scriptures; He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end.
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son. With the Father and the Son he is worshipped and glorified. He has spoken through the Prophets. I believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church. I acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sin. I look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come.
I believe that the Holy Scripture is inspired by God and is the authority in all matters of faith, teaching, activities and personal conduct concerning MCF.
MCF groups are bound by the MCF Small Group Code of Conduct, in the interests of unity, as a guide to behaviour.
What don't we do!
MCF is not;
- a denomination, nor a front for any denominational activities.
- a church or tradition.
- a philanthropic organisation like Red Shield Defence Services or Everymans Welfare Services.
- a pseudo-Chaplaincy organisation.
- a business or corporation.
- promoting Protestant proselytism of Catholics, or vice-versa.