RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE STANDING COMMITTEE (ASC)
Regulation 126.96.36.199(l) The Standing Committee shall:
- (i) transact such business as may be referred to it by the Assembly and such other business as may be required or be desirable to be done on behalf of the Assembly between meetings of the Assembly, except such as may be precluded by the Assembly;
- (ii) in order to assist the Assembly in its discernment, at least ten months prior to an Assembly meeting, advise the Church on the challenges and issues which may be faced by the President and the Assembly in the seven subsequent years;
- (iii) offer guidance to the President on priorities to be pursued, and the way in which the responsibilities named in Regulation 188.8.131.52 may be exercised, taking into account the particular gifts and graces of the President;
- (iv) report its decisions to Synods, Presbyteries and the next meeting of the Assembly.
The majority of the work of the ASC involves oversight of Assembly Agencies; responding to changing legislative environments; identifying and responding to developing issues in the life of the church; developing regulations and policies for the church; and exercising governance responsibilities in relation to finance, risk and senior staff appointments. Alongside this sits the role of fulfilling the Constitutional responsibilities of the Assembly between meetings of the Assembly; encouraging and fostering the life and character of the church though giving attention to the Covenant with the UAICC; attending to issues of importance to the Church’s culturally and linguistically diverse communities; and attending to the UCA’s ecumenical relationships. Dealing with referrals from the Assembly is only a small part of the role.
In order to grasp the significance, breadth and demanding range of tasks that fall to the ASC see report B4.
RESPONSIBILITIES OF MEMBERS OF THE ASSEMBLY STANDING COMMITTEE
- Attend all three meetings a year of the ASC from Friday evening until 4.00pm Sunday.
- Be willing to participate as a member of a number of working groups during the triennium.
- Engage with the business in a well prepared manner.
- Be prayerful and participate with a desire to discern the will of Christ for his church.
- Participate in ways that are collaborative, collegial and respectful of others.
- To be a member of the Assembly corporate vehicle- UCA Assembly Ltd
WHAT TO EXPECT AS A MEMBER OF THE ASSEMBLY STANDING COMMITTEE
- Dinner with the members of the new ASC on Friday evening July 17th as part of your induction.
- Receive an induction pack with key documents and other information while at the Assembly.
- A skills matrix for you to identify specific skills you bring to the ASC.
- A mentor/guide from an experienced ASC member; if you want one. Or the chance to mentor.
- Lots of stimulating, wide ranging, stretching and at times demanding work.
- A chance to lead, grow and offer your gifts in the service of the church.
- Meetings in Sydney from August 28 – 30 and November 13 -15. Keep these dates free now.
SKILLS SOUGHT FROM ACROSS THE MEMBERSHIP OF THE ASC
No one member of the Standing Committee is expected to have capacities in all the areas of skill and character that are identified in the following lists. However across all the membership these are the attributes and skills that will best enable the ASC to fulfil its diverse and demanding role.
Members of Assembly voting for members of the Assembly are encouraged to have these things in mind when they exercise their role in establishing the next Assembly Standing Committee.
Expertise in Church matters
- Understanding of the context of the church today (e.g. the church’s cultural, linguistic and theological diversity
- Understanding and experience of the polity of the UCA
- Understanding and experience in thinking missionally
- Understanding and experience in thinking / reflecting theologically
- Able to hold together a holistic understanding of the nature of God’s mission
Expertise in business
- Corporate Governance
- Strategic Planning
- Finance, Accounting, Investment
- Risk Management
- Legal Compliance
- Understanding of the difference between Governance and Management
- Willing to do significant work
- Ability to receive and assimilate information quickly
- Flexible & adaptable
- Sound / balanced judgment
- Comfortable with change (some would express this as say ‘comfortable with ambiguity’)
- Willingness / capacity to ask discerning questions – articulate
COMPLETING THE ASC NOMINATION FORM