Resources for People in Ministry

Basis of Union, Regs, Ethics, Meetings
Ministry Leadership Profile
NSW/ACT Synod By-Laws 2015 
Vital Ministry program
Continuing Education  guidelines
Synod Ministry and Placements Resources
Ethical Ministry resources
UME Courses
Services for Ministry Placements: see below

Handbook

 

Vital Ministry

Positive, encouraging ministry appraisal for healthy ministry engagement
 
Affirmation of Call
six months consultation

Preparation Letter with Guidelines for Participants
 
Vital Ministry
every two years in ministry
 
Preparation Letter   
with Guidelines for Participants
 

Annual Reporting on Ministry

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Annual Report to Presbytery

on the exercise of ministry
Uniting Church Regulation 2.2.1 describes the ‘Duties of a Minister’ and requires every minister to “report annually to the Presbytery … on the ways in which the duties of a Minister as prescribed in [the] Regulations … are being exercised.” While each ministry may focus on some duties more than on others, the Regulation, alongside the Ordination and Induction vows, provides a general overview of what ministers need to attend to in order to engage in a wholistic, fulfilling and effective ministry vocation.
Healthy accountability and collegiate support help to sustain vitality in ministry. Among other practices, ministers gain insight and self-reflection through
  • professional supervision and continuing education
  • Zone ministry support groups
  • retreats with ministry colleagues
  • Ethical Ministry workshops
  • Vitality of Call / Vital Ministry consultations
The Annual Report is an important part of that accountability and support system if it is used creatively.
The Annual Reporting template is based on the stated ‘duties’ of ministry, but open to reflection on experience. The more (relevant) detail you provide, the more insight you and your placement and Presbytery will gain into the realities and opportunities of ministry in this place.
 
Confidentiality?
Please note that your Annual Report should not contain information of a highly personal or confidential nature. While only a few members of the PRC will ordinarily read it, we cannot guarantee its confidentiality, so you should treat it as a public document. Zones may be invited to discuss each other’s reports for planning purposes. You might share them with your Church Council or a JNC as a detailed account of what your ministry involves. If you have confidential or personal matters to report, please speak directly to the Presbytery Minister or Chair of PRC.
 
Due Date
The PRC of Sydney Central Coast has requested that all ministers and pastors in a Ministry placement use the Annual Report found here. Each Zone will have a particular month when reports are due, to facilitate their reception and use in overall mission strategy. The following dates are set for 2017: 
 
Zone Due Date 2017
Central Coast 2 March
Northern Beaches 20 April
Berowra to Beecroft 1 June
Upper North Shore 24 August
City of Ryde 5 October
Lower North Shore 16 November
 

Services of Ordination and Induction

These are the Order of Service templates as approved by Assembly Standing Committee. Use these as a guide for inviting guests and including people to contribute to liturgy, prayer, music, etc. The final service should be adapted to local presbytery and congregational or Uniting placement needs. The process of creating a liturgy for the induction of a minister needs to be collaborative, as it is a Presbytery service, not a purely local one. Contact the Presbytery Minister or PRC chairperson for help in preparing the service. 

Commissioning of a Pastor

Pastors are normally commissioned to their ministries within a usual service of the congregation or faith community, or within the Uniting, school or other facility in which they serve. Pastors need to be re-commissioned in each new placement or position (like a minister’s induction). 

Conclusion of a Placement

A brief liturgy to be used by the Presbytery’s representative at the end of the final service in a minister’s placement. The person offering this parting blessing is formally representing the whole presbytery, and may thank the minister for their service to the wider church.
These words must be tailored to include correct information (dates, placement names, etc). They may also be personalised prayerfully to the particular situation and circumstances. They are not trivial or flippant, as leaving a placement is a moment of strong and deep emotion.   The words ‘We release you from this ministry’ are the heart of the whole liturgical action and should be given sensitive stress, so that the congregation and minister hear and appreciate their import.