About the Role
This placement is full of challenges in a harshly beautiful part of Australia. The diversity and travel involved in this ministry can enrich the placement. With a sense of adventure combined with a strong sense of call, this will be a very rewarding ministry.
The usual placement conditions apply. It is initially for three (3) years with a ministry reflection after two years and a ministry consultation towards the end of the fourth year.
Key Ministry Responsibilities
- Provide within a broad ecumenical context the support and challenges of pastoral care for people in your remote area.
- Live and walk alongside the people in your remote area in such a way as to understand and appreciate their life, culture, concerns, pains and joys.
- Gather the people of your remote area at appropriate times and places to celebrate, mourn and express their communal life, to discover God’s Word and to celebrate the Sacraments.
- Provide support and encouragement for people on their faith journey.
- Model, encourage and generate reconciliation between aboriginal and non-aboriginal people within your remote area. Finding ways to work intentionally towards a “Shared Future”.
- Have an openness to facilitate appropriate resourcing of local Christian leadership in the region.
- Find ways to proactively work in co-operation with other service providers within your remote area and actively refer people to other appropriate services for them.
- Work ecumenically wherever possible and encourage ecumenical co-operation within the community.
- Advocate for those who are vulnerable in your community.
- Be an active part of the community in order to create resilience, and build capacity.
- Network with people living in the area to understand both their pain and joy, and to empathise with them and advocate on their behalf. Assist people who come to live in the area to access community networks. Work with people in the various communities to take control of their future, and as appropriate help them to establish community goals and objectives.
It is a ministry which by its practice and theological understanding engages those who live and work in remote areas with the gospel of Jesus Christ, within their unique cultural contexts.
In addition to those outlined above, specific personal qualities include:
- Self-starters, capable of planning, initiating and developing their work without close supervision;
- Able to set goals and honestly evaluate progress;
- Capable of sustaining themselves beyond the normal structural supports for ministry found in a parish/congregation;
- Able to reflect biblically and theologically within the patrol context;
- Good listeners who can help others to reflect upon the issues impacting on their lives;
- Able to see themselves as part of a wider team and make appropriate referrals;
- As far as practical work collegially with other ministers of the Uniting Church and the staff of Frontier Services;
- Able to take a stance in divided communities which will further both justice and reconciliation;
- Be open to understanding and working with the context of the local culture as far as possible;
- Not hesitate in “camping out”, travelling long distances, spending time away from home and mixing with a variety of people;
- Work alongside Aboriginal people appropriately;
- Prepared to visit a variety of people, most with little or no church background;
- Work with other mainline denominations in a manner that enhances the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
- Reports to:
- Frontier Services for PBI reporting.
- The Presbytery is the body with pastoral oversight responsibilities.
- The Synod (via Saltbush) and specifically the Director of Rural and Remote Ministry Initiatives as the person with Saltbush Project oversight.
- Ordained Uniting Church Minister of the Word or Deacon.
- Must hold a current Working with Children Check number (NSW)
- Full driver’s licence required
- Current Uniting Church Ethical Ministry training
- Only people with a right to work in Australia can apply for this position.
Please email your Leadership Profile/resume and covering letter to the Synod of NSW/ACT Placements Committee Secretary at email@example.com. Please ensure the Ministry title is included in the subject header.
For further information, including remuneration, or to request a detailed position description, please contact Rev. Mark Faulkner, Director of Rural and Remote Ministry Initiatives, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Application Closing Date: 31 January 2022.
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