Thanks to the national scheme introduced by the Federal Government in 2009 and now funded by the States, we have been able to place chaplains into the four local primary plus the state secondary school in our area. This has complemented our existing work in this complex area and brought about positive changes in many young lives and their families. Resulting in an enhanced sense of purpose to those suffering bereavement, recovering from broken homes and badly affected by dysfunctional relationships within the family.
To address a current controversy: – ECHO is unashamedly a Christian-based organisation. This does NOT mean we see school chaplaincy as an opportunity to proselytise the vulnerable but to fulfill our basic human desire to seek out and help the disadvantaged in our midst. We adhere to the strictest ethical guidelines in this, and every other, regard.
Lighthouse has grown to be a network of campuses, incorporating Australis Christian College in Skye, Lighthouse Christian College Keysborough, with new campuses planned in Warranwood and Point Cook in 2020.
Our chaplains are engaged to provide care, alongside of others, for the holistic wellbeing of those within the College Community. It is all about supporting and helping our young people grow in faith, character, learning and service. The chaplains undertake a wide range of roles across our campuses.