Ordination is the “setting apart” of baptised women and men whom the church has discerned to be called by God to serve as Deacons and Ministers of the Word.
As a designated leader, authorised by the Uniting Church, ordination places the minister in a new relationship to others in the community.
The Uniting Church maintains that this new relationship is with the whole church catholic, not just within the Uniting Church. In the service of ordination the presbytery ordains a person as a Deacon/Minister of the Word “in the Church of Jesus Christ”.
With this new relationship come responsibilities: “These will preach the Gospel, administer the sacraments, and exercise pastoral care so that all may be equipped for their particular ministries, thus maintaining the apostolic witness to Christ in the Church.” (Basis of Union, para.14(a)).
Ministers of the Word have a particular responsibility for safeguarding the unity of the body of Christ, for example in a specific congregation. Ministers exercise their responsibility to Christ and the church by supervising and empowering the general ministry of the church at the congregational and community level.
Deacons exercise their ministry in the world. A Deacon has no congregation; they begin with scattered people and shape them into a community.
There is a process to be followed towards ordination.
For ministers of other denominations seeking to serve within the Uniting Church in Queensland, please read the instructions and use
Application to Synod's Pastor Application Committee form 9-003 and
Minister and pastor referee form 9-061.