54. ADMISSION OF MINISTERS FROM ANOTHER DENOMINATION AND FORMER MINISTERS OF THE CHURCH (Reception of Ministers Committee)

That the Assembly

Authorise the Standing Committee , on the advice of the Legal Reference Committee, to amend the numbering, naming and setting out of the Admission of Ministers from another Denomination regulations (Regulations 2.5.1 – 2.5.3) and the Admission of Former Ministers of the Church (Regulations 2.5.3.1 – 2.5.3.4) within the Regulations of the Church.

Rationale

The current regulations in relations to the Admission of Ministers from another Denomination, though authorised at the last Assembly, were adopted by the Assembly Standing Committee at its November 2012 meeting. The changes involved were extensive.

In the preparation for the 2015 printed edition of the Regulations (and also the preparation of a revised Mandate for work of the Assembly Committee) it was felt that setting out and naming of these regulations, and even the numbering of these regulations, could be improved, and in one instance corrected. In the version approved by the November 2012 Standing Committee, indeed two regulations were named the same.

To begin with there is a considerable overlap between Regulation 2.5.1 (Application by a Minister of Another Denomination to Serve in A Placement) and Regulation 2.5.2 (Admission of a Minister from Another Denomination). This proposal would not change the now new process for a Minister of another denomination to serve and then possibly be admitted as a Uniting Church Minister, but “tidy up” the setting out of the regulations so that they are simpler and there is less overlap.

Meanwhile with the regulation which relates to the admission of a former Minister of the Church, somehow in the drafting stage it never got its own number but was numbered 2.5.3.1 – 2.5.3.4 (which relate to Admission of Ministers from another Denomination). It should really be 2.5.4.1 – 2.5.4.4. This also can be part of the “tidy up”.