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The Pastoral Relations Committee (PRC) reports to the Presbytery Standing Committee.
The Committee is responsible for:
- Overseeing the pastoral relations between ministry agents and congregations within the Presbytery.
- Giving counsel on matters relating to pastoral relationships and responsibilities to ministry agents and congregations.
- Dealing with congregational issues and complaints as set out in the Regulations on church discipline.
- Providing appropriate pastoral support and accountability for ministry agents in active service who are not in approved placements and to those awaiting placement.
- Determining the appointment of long term, short term, interim supply ministry and persons to preside at worship and preach in a congregation during times when there is no minister in placement.
- Lay presidency of sacraments – permissions to conduct Holy Communion and the sacraments.
- Chaplaincy in prisons and hospitals. All inquiries in relation to schools and church agencies are to be referred to the General Secretary.
- Vitality and discernment of Congregations
- Ministry placement issues relating to Long Service Leave, Annual Leave, retirement, the conclusion of placements, and payroll, etc.
- Reviewing the list of ministry agents on a regular basis of those awaiting placement with a view to assisting them either to return to active service or to make other appropriate vocational decisions or suggesting to a Church Council that an invitation be extended to the ministry agent to become a Minister-in-Association.
Up to eight members are selected for the Committee annually. These people elected, after seeking advice from the committees, will be chosen to provide for a balance of age, gender, ethnicity, rural and urban, specialist knowledge and experience, and the need for the various specified ministries to be represented. Pastoral Relations Committee Membership appointed by Presbytery currently include:
- Chairperson – Rev Ivan Clark
- Chair of Presbytery (ex-officio) – Alison Xamon
- Presbytery Minister (Pastoral) (*staff) – Rev Chris Crause
- Presbytery Support Administrator (*staff) – Amanda Badenhorst
- Members elected by Presbytery – Rev Marie Wilson, Rev Dr Sonny Rajamoney, Sue Strutt, Chris Bundell, Rev Luke Williams, Trevor Thomas
- Two co-opted members – vacant
Meeting Dates in 2022
The Pastoral Relations Committee meet every third Tuesday of each month at 1.00pm (until further notice).
- 18 January
- 15 February
- 15 March
- 19 April
- 17 May
- 21 June
- 19 July
- 16 August
- 20 September
- 18 October
- 15 November
- 20 December
For special services such as Ordinations, Inductions, Commissionings, etc, visit our Events or E-Newsletters page or contact Amanda Badenhorst, Presbytery Support Administrator, Uniting Church Centre on (08) 9260 9821 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.