The Ministry Handbook has been compiled and is overseen by the Ministerial Benefits Committee which reports directly to the Synod Standing Committee. It provides guidelines and references for Ministry Agents on matters pertaining to the placement and entitlements within the Uniting Church in Western Australia. It is written for those in ministry placements; and also for those responsible for their pastoral and administrative oversight. The Ministerial Benefits Committee has responsibility for producing the Ministry Handbook and for maintaining a regular review of its contents.
GUIDELINES FOR MINISTER’S BENEFIT ACCOUNTS
2 THEOLOGY OF THE STIPEND
3.1 Please contact Placements Administrator or CFO to receive a current list of Stipends & Allowances or please contact Gillian Dudley in Payroll.
3.2 Payment beyond the minimum stipend (In progress)
3.4a Operation of Minister’s Benefit Account – Please contact Frances Krmpotic for assistance.
4.3 Manse Guidelines (Under revision)
5 MOTOR VEHICLE PROVISIONS
6 OTHER ALLOWANCES AND WORK RELATED EXPENSES
6.1 Personal Resources & Development Grant – Ministers please refer to Terms of Placement
6.2 Minister’s Wellness Benefit Scheme – please contact Insurance & Risk Manager on (08) 92609832 or Amanda to receive a copy.
7.1A 7.1A Annual Leave Form Final – Approved by GC Sept 2016 – Updated March 2017(PDF) / Please email Amanda for a “word” version of the annual leave application form.
7.2 Other Leave – Approved by PR&PC – August 2016 (includes public holidays, preaching free Sundays, study leave, compassionate/bereavement leave, jury duty, carer’s leave)
7.3 Sick Leave
7.5 Maternity Leave (in progress)
7.6 Parental Leave (in progress)
8.1 Superannuation (In progress)
9 PART TIME MINISTRY
10 SUPPLY MINISTRY
11 ACCOUNTABILITY IN MINISTRY
11.2 Supervision Policy
11.3 Continuing Education
11.4 Reporting Accounts of Abuse Under the Oversight of the Royal Commission – Please contact Cindy Gorton or the General Secretary for guidance and further advice.
12 OTHER ITEMS
12.1 Placement of Chaplains WA (July 2016)
12.2 20170814_Lay_Ministry_Worker_Remuneration_Guidelines (updated 14 August 2017)
12.3 Couples in Ministry – incorporated into 4.1 Housing Policy above
12.4 Baptism, Wedding and Funeral charges (To be written)
13.2 Removal Inventory
14 MINISTERS OBLIGATIONS TO GOVERNMENT
14.1 Taxation treatment of ministers (To be written)
14.2 Centrelink treatment of ministers (To be written)
14.3 National Police Certificate – contact the Placement Administrator for Assistance to the best link
14.4 Working with Children Check Approved Gen Council Dec11 – contact the Placement Administrator for a form
14.5 Marriage Celebrant Requirements – contact the Placements Administrator for an application form and appointment with the General Secretary
15 MINISTRY DOCUMENTATION
15.4 TERMS OF PLACEMENT TEMPLATE – Updated and Final (28 March 2017) Please email Amanda if you require an Editable Version of the Template.
15.6 Ministers-annual-reports-2015-16-amended as per Regulation 2.2.1(a) and (b) (Editable Version)
15.7 20170814_Lay_Ministry_Worker_Remuneration_Guidelines (updated 14 August 2017)
15.9 20170221 Ministry of Pastor Process Documents (January 2017)
16 RELATED POLICIES
17 PASTORAL RELATIONS COMMITTEE RULES & PLACEMENTS COMMISSION BYLAWS (New Structure from 5 November 2016)
17.1 Placements Commission
- ByLaw S3.1 is pending approval from Church Law – March 2017
- DRAFT RULE ONLY: S-3.1-Placements-Commission – Amended Bylaw (Draft 3) (10092017)
17.2 Pastoral Relations Committee PASTORAL RELATIONS COMMITTEE Regulation 3.7.3(b) (January 2017)
- Rule P3.2 is pending approval at the AGM of Presbytery – May 2017
DRAFT RULE ONLY: P 3.2 Pastoral Relations Committee (Rev November 2016) – PRC Comments;
18 MINISTRY OF PASTOR
18.3 20170221 Ministry of Pastor Process Documents (January 2017)
19 WA PRESBYTERY MEMBER’S ROLL
19.1 In progress (Please contact the General Secretary with any queries)