68. LEADERSHIP IN CONGREGATIONS AND FAITH COMMUNITIES (Facilitation Group)

This proposal arises from the report of the Facilitation Group regarding the proposals on Eldership in
the Uniting Church.

That the Assembly

In light of the changing contexts in which congregations and faith communities worship, witness and serve, request the Standing Committee to establish a Task Group:

(a) to explore the nature, role and function(s) of current lay leadership practices, including
eldership, within congregations and faith communities;

(b) informed by the findings from the exploration requested in clause (a), to re-imagine lay
leadership in congregations and faith communities for effective mission and ministry in
the 21st century;

(c) to conduct a consultative process engaging the councils of the Church; and

(d) to bring a report with appropriate recommendations to the 15th Assembly.