The Uniting Church is organised by groups of women and men, lay and ordained, consulting together, usually making decisions by consensus, in each area of the church’s life.
The church is committed to being a series of interrelated councils — local churches, presbytery, synod, and the national assembly. Each council has its distinct tasks, and each council recognises the limits of its responsibilities in relation to other councils. Whilst our family can be vastly different, each aims to embrace all people and unite them with each other and with God.
The Synod of WA operates as the legal and administrative body of the church. The Presbytery of WA is responsible for pastoral oversight. The governance of the whole church happens through Presbytery and Synod committees and commissions, which report to the Presbytery and Synod meetings and in between to the General Council.
Ministers and representatives of caring agencies, schools and the Presbytery of WA meet annually (usually in September) to discuss issues affecting the whole of the state at Synod. Throughout the year, the work of the Synod continues through its committees, commissions, agencies, schools and paid staff of the Uniting Church Centre.