The Assembly is the national council of the Uniting Church in Australia and has responsibilities in matters of doctrine, worship, government and discipline. It is headed by the president with a general secretary as chief executive officer.
The Basis of Union is the foundational document created by the three denominations which came together in 1977 to form the Uniting Church in Australia. It states the central affirmations of the Christian faith and is a guide to what is central in the life of the Uniting Church.
The Uniting Church uses the Biblical term “baptism” rather than “christening” (which denotes a naming ceremony). Baptism is a sacrament which is open to all ages and takes place within a congregational context. Once baptised, a person cannot be re-baptised.
The Uniting Church in Australia seeks to make decisions in councils using consensus procedures wherever possible. Consensus is a process by which a common mind of a meeting is sought about the wisest way forward on a particular issue.
The covenantal relationship is the relationship between the Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress (UAICC) and the Assembly in which both groups commit themselves to developing more just, inclusive and equal relationships in the church.
A faith community is a gathering of Christians who identify as a unique worshipping community which has not been recognised by Synod as a congregation and is therefore not subject to the regulations covering congregations.
A lay preacher is an accredited church member who is authorised to conduct worship services in their own congregation and at the invitation of any other congregation. They must be endorsed by their church council and accredited by the presbytery.
Minister means a Minister of the Word, deacon or deaconess. A Minister of the Word is set apart by ordination to supervise and empower the general ministry of the church at the congregational and community level.
A presbytery is a council which has oversight of congregations, ministry and programs within a region. People in specified ministry (ministers, deacons etc.) are responsible to the presbytery. There are eight presbyteries in Queensland.
Four Priority Directions were identified by the 35th Synod as part of Project Plenty journey. These directions inform the way in which Synod allocates resources and plans for mission. For more information, visit our Priority Directions or Project Plenty.
A synod is the state council of the Uniting Church. The six synods of the Uniting Church support and resource the church in community services, mission planning, theological and other educational services, administration of ministers and property, and finance.
UnitingCare Queensland provides health and community services through its service groups: UnitingCare Community, UnitingCare Health, Blue Care and ARRCS (Australian Regional and Remote Community Services).
UnitingWorld is an agency of the Assembly. It connects people and church communities in Australia, the Pacific, Asia and Africa to partner in God’s mission through overcoming poverty and enabling discipleship and faith-filled action.