Christian Venues Association (CVA)
We exist to maximise the future impact of Christian Venues in their unique mission.
- An association of conference centres, activity service providers, and individual members operating in the community, charity, church and school environment in all Australian states.
- Established in 1974 and incorporated in 1990.
- A not-for-profit Company, the Association is managed by a Board elected by the membership.
Christian Venues Association Membership
- Member organisations in all States and Territories - providing conference, retreat, and camp venues as well as activity-based programmes.
- Small to Large venues catering for a variety of group sizes.
- Over 24,500 beds available each night through members' facilities.
- Used by church and youth groups for retreats and workshops; school groups for excursions, outdoor education, religious retreats and study/peer group workshops; and community and commercial groups for workshops and training.
- One of the primary aims of each of the member organisations is the spread of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the nurturing of Christians in their faith. So members are required to affirm our Statement of Faith.
Benefits of Membership
- CVA assists members fulfil their mission while seeking to improve standards of safety and service delivery.
- CVA provides:
- pastoral and practical support,
- Member Development events,
- a National Office and Executive,
- a biennial National Conference and a biennial Leadership Forum.
Members are committed to sharing their skill, knowledge and ideas with other members as a means of improving the quality of their Christian Ministries.
- Practical benefits of membership include:
- Representation to Government and the Outdoor Sector,
- VenueFinder, a service that links guest group needs with centres - see www.venuefinder.com.au ,
- Somewhere To Go, the Australian Directory of Christian Conference Centres and Camps - distributed annually to over 18,500 churches, schools, and community groups,
- Christian Venues Association Chaplaincy Service,
- Website that provides members information and links them to their own home pages,
- Communicator - a twice yearly magazine,
- Email newsletter,
- Christian Supply Chain Buying Group www.cscbg.org.au that arranges purchasing benefits through alliances with companies providing goods and services to Members, and the wider not-for-profit sector,
- An office that is staffed by people who understand the Christian Conference, Camping and Hospitality Ministry, and
- Access, through Christian Camping International, to resources from other Christian Camping Associations around the world.
Acknowledgement of Country
Christian Venues Association recognises that we are God’s people on God’s land. We acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of country throughout Australia and their connections to land, sea and community. We pay our respect to their elders past and present
and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples today.