Our History

The success of Baptist Financial Services Australia Limited (BFS) is in no small part attributed to the fact that we believe ministry has been at the centre of the BFS vision, strategy and its whole purpose since the very beginning.

BFS has also transitioned to become a delegated Australian Baptist Ministry and this has enabled BFS to now work more cohesively and strategically at a national level. Church growth is something that is inextricably linked to the ongoing purpose and growth of BFS, and hopefully the resources BFS generates can be applied successfully in supporting ongoing church growth. 

1984

Baptist Investment Fellowship

Baptist Investment Fellowship Limited was incorporated in 1984, and its first Directors were Elton Wilson (Chairman), Reg Pope (Secretary), Norman Kerslake, Arthur Kelshaw, David Tomkins and Fred Stallard. That same year, the first gift to BIF was recorded: $5 from Mrs A Crofts of North Epping, NSW. 

1990-2010

Baptist Investment & Finance

A meeting of the Directors during 1989 was significant in the further development of the fund. Whereas the original concept was to accept money from depositors only on an interest-free basis, support was developing among the Directors for Baptist Investment Fellowship Limited to offer interest on deposits. It was suggested that such a strategy would attract more funds. While the return per dollar would not be as great as an interest-free scheme, this would be more than compensated for by the increasing volume of funds which would be attracted to BIF.

During 2004 the Baptist Union of Victoria and The South Australian Baptist
Union Inc invited BIF to establish its services through State offices located
in Adelaide for South Australian Baptists and in Melbourne for Victorian
Baptist communities. In 2005, BIF commenced ministry in Tasmania and WA in 2006.

2010-TODAY

Baptist Financial Services

Today BFS manages over $450 million in assets. We’ve supported over 400 churches, schools and ministries.

Contact us

1300 650 542

Registered address

Level 4, 5 Saunders Close, Macquarie Park NSW 2113

BSB

704-922

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The accounts and investments in this advertisement are debentures products and not deposit products. Baptist Financial Services (BFS)  ABN 56 002 861 789 AFSL 311062 is a Registered Charity and issuer of the debentures products. BFS is not prudentially supervised by APRA. Therefore, an investor in our products will not receive the benefit of the financial claims scheme or the depositor protection provisions in the Banking Act 1959. Investments in our products are intended to be a means for investors to support the charitable purposes of BFS. We are required by law to notify investors that our products are intended only to attract investors whose primary purpose is to support our charitable purposes, are not comparable to investments with banks, finance companies or fund managers, and investors may be unable to get some or all of their money back when they expect or at all. Persons should consider whether or not the debentures are appropriate for them.

Indue Limited ABN 97 087 822 464 (registered office located in Brisbane) is the issuer of the BFS Visa Prepaid Card and the BFS Visa Prepaid PayCard. AFS Licence No. 320 204. Baptist Financial Services Australia Limited ABN 56 002 861 789 (AFS Licence No. 311 062) is an agent of Indue. Please refer to the Financial Services Guides. The Product Disclosure Statements available for the BFS Visa Prepaid Card and the BFS Visa Prepaid PayCard can be obtained on our website at https://www.bfs.org.au. You should consider the Product Disclosure Statements in deciding whether or not to acquire any of these cards.