Decision not to review

The 14th Assembly has opted not to undertake a major strategic review into the governance needs of the Uniting Church.

A proposal from the Presbytery of Illawarra sought to establish a process for a wide-ranging analysis of the “fundamental governance needs of the Uniting Church in the 21st century.”

Rev. Peter Chapman said, “We felt that what really needs to happen is a fundamental rethink of the Church’s structures.

“The proposal is really about equipping God’s Church for mission. Liberating God’s Church for mission.

“I want to commend this proposal so that the Church will blaze.”

Concerns were raised that strategic reviews were already underway in many synods and that the Assembly Standing Committee was not adequately resourced to carry out such a review.

After considerable discussion it was resolved that the Assembly did not need to undertake a comprehensive review at this time.