Schools Ministry Group offers ongoing pastoral and practical support through chaplaincy, Christian education and wellbeing services to school communities in partnership with the combined Christian community and other organisations. SMG is the employer of more than 300 Pastoral Care Workers in SA government schools and is an approved Chaplaincy Service provider of the South Australian Department of Education and Child Development (DECD) through the National School Chaplaincy Program (NSCP).


Young people and school communities discovering purpose, value and hope.

Its Origins

In the early 1970’s Religious Instruction was removed from the curriculum of Government schools in South Australia. Not long afterwards, a bill was passed with regulations that allowed for Christian Option Seminars to run for up to a half-day per term and the United Christian Forum was formed with the responsibility of conducting these seminars.

In 1991 the major Christian Churches and youth mission groups in South Australia brought together the work of United Christian Forum and the Heads of Christian Churches Chaplaincy Planning Group, which had been responsible for the appointment, training and review of Chaplains in schools since 1986, to form the Schools Ministry Group.

SMG represents local Churches from the denominations forming the Leaders of Christian Churches of SA which include;

  • Anglican
  • Australian Christian Churches
  • Baptist Union
  • Catholic Church
  • CRC Churches International
  • Churches of Christ
  • Greek Orthodox Church
  • Lutheran Church
  • Presbyterian Church
  • Salvation Army
  • Uniting Church

What does SMG do?

SMG works together with Combined Church ‘Support Groups’ across SA to provide support and resource to them as they endeavour to connect with, support and develop positive relationships with young people through their local school communities.

SMG employs over 300 Pastoral Care Workers (previously known as Chaplains) in SA Government Schools who represent the local community churches.

SMG provides training for PCWs and Children’s and Youth Workers for ministry with children and young people in SA schools, Churches or in the wider community.

SMG provides Christian option and values based seminars to schools.

SMG works in partnership with other Ministry and Mission Organisations in SA.

SMG relies on donations from supporters to be able to continue to support school students and their families, and to provide Christian Education in Government Schools.

2017 Annual Report

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