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The Church Missionary Society (CMS) is a fellowship of Christian people and churches committed to global mission. CMS works with churches to set apart long-term workers who cross cultures to share the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.​

"For the cause"

In Philippians 1:21 Paul writes from prison, “For me to live is Christ and to die is gain.” These words are perhaps the clearest statement in the Bible of what it means to be a Christian, especially a Christian called to missionary work.

Listen to the words of the song, and understand the call to Mission through organizations such as CMS.

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CMS - The Beginnings

UK Outpost in Australia

First Australian Missionary

CMS Australia

A Proud History

CMS - Today

The Church Missionary Society (CMS-UK) was founded in England by a small group of Anglican evangelicals with a passion for worldwide gospel outreach. They included John Newton, who wrote Amazing Grace, and William Wilberforce, who was a leader in abolishing the slave trade in England.


This passion for people to hear the gospel saw CMS-UK turn its attention to Australia. With work amongst Aboriginal people a primary focus at the time, a CMS-UK outpost was set up in Sydney in 1825 and the first missionaries arrived from England shortly afterwards to serve in western NSW.

CMS associations were set up around Australia and the first Australian CMS missionary, Helen Philips, sailed for Ceylon (Sri Lanka) in 1892.


In 1916, the Australian CMS associations came together to form the Church Missionary Association of Australia and later changed their name to the Church Missionary Society of Australia (CMS).

CMS had sent missionaries from Australia to many countries by this time, including China, India, Palestine and Iran. By 1927, CMS had a particular interest in North Australia and Tanganyika (Tanzania).


More than 1500 Australians have served with CMS. Prayerfully considering the years ahead, CMS remains as passionate as ever to see a world that knows Jesus.


Presently, CMS-A supports over 200 missionaries in over 40 locations around the world.

How can we support CMS?

Supporting through prayer

Monthly Prayer Points

Each month, CMS publishes an update with recent prayer points from all our missionaries. These work alongside the Prayer Diary to give you up-to-date information about what each missionary would specifically like prayer for. You can subscribe to the Monthly Prayer Points and receive them in either hard or soft copy.


Supporting Financially

Individuals can donate to CMS, either through the plate (note 'CMS' on the envelope), or our Parish Giving Page (note 'CMS' in the description), or donate directly to CMS.

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