The Word Group comprises word.com.au and WORD Australia.
The WORD group’s owner organisation, The Gospel Film Ministry Ltd, celebrates
its 70th Anniversary in 2016.
Word.com.au is a Christian resource on-line retailer, with a state of
the art website, app and mobile services offering the best in Christian material
including Books, Bibles, Christian Music, DVDs, Software, Cards and Gifts.
WORD AUSTRALIA is a trade distributor serving Australian and New Zealand
Bookstores on a wholesale level.
Word’s retail activities commenced as a division of The Gospel Film Ministry Ltd (GFM) founded in Sydney in 1946 by Raymond James Moulton. The Christian film industry was commencing and Mr Moulton set up an evangelistic ministry showing films and preaching the gospel. Churches of all denominations were quick to see the potential of visualising the Christian message and before long obtained projectors of their own and began renting films from GFM.
In addition to film libraries, GFM began distribution of Christian music on 12” Long Play records from WORD Inc, of Waco, Texas, USA in the 1950s. In the early 1970s GFM established its first retail Christian bookstore at Oakleigh, Victoria, known as Word Bookstore and began selling a large range of Christian material. In the years following a national retail chain of 19 Christian bookstores was established.
Now, in 2016, the ministry has embraced technological change in the emerging digital age as evidenced by its change in closure of retail stores and the launch of a state of the art website,
word.com.au, and ebook and eaudio advances evidenced by Word’s iOS and
Today, in its 70th year, word.com.au and Word Australia operate on-line from a modern new warehouse in Mitcham,Vic. By using its new ‘click and collect’ operation customers from all over Australia and overseas can select from the wide range of resources on Word’s website and expect fast delivery or may collect their order from the Mitcham,Vic warehouse. The Gospel Film Ministry Ltd (GFM) through its on-line operation is a significant Australian Christian ministry organization continuing to serve the church and wider community with the best in Christian resources and using the best of technological advances.
GFM also operates the wholesale distribution company, Word Australia. Commencing in the 1950’s as licensee for Word Inc. of Waco, Texas, USA and continues today as Australian and New Zealand distributor of Gaither Music and other significant Christian sources. Word Australia is a major supplier to Australasia’s network of Christian booksellers with its fine range of Christian material.
Our Mission Statement
“To promote the Christian Faith and Lifestyle by providing a full
range of Christian resources and supplies in a welcoming online environment
and at attractive prices. Our staff are dedicated to this Mission and committed
to providing the highest level of customer service.”