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First Peoples

First Peoples

We acknowledge we live and work on Aboriginal land. In 2010, we became the first church in Australia to constitutionally acknowledge Aboriginal and Islander people as the First Peoples of Australia.

Synod Meeting

Synod Meeting

The Synod meets about every 18 months to hear reports, proposals and other matters that concern the general direction and administration of the Church’s life. About 300 members attend – all of whom are appointed by our presbyteries.

Who we are

Who We Are

We are one of six Synods, comprising 600 congregations and more than 60,000 members. We also have eight presbyteries and 12 schools. Our ministers are men and women and we worship every week in more than 40 languages.

Our Leadership

Our Leadership

We are governed by a Moderator and General Secretary. The Moderator, Rev Sharon Hollis, is the Synod’s spiritual leader. The General Secretary, Rev Dr Mark Lawrence, acts as our executive officer and provides general leadership.

Vision & Mission

Vision & Mission

We invite one another to a journey of deep listening. We seek to honour God’s mission of love for the world in Jesus Christ. That unfolding mission that calls us into being. It draws us into a continuing work in fellowship with the Spirit.

Our structure

Our Structure

We are governed by four non-hierarchical, inter-related councils, each with different responsibilities. They are Congregational (local), Presbytery (regional), Synod (state) and Assembly (national). We have 600 congregations and eight presbyteries.

Wesley Place

Wesley Place

The development will also see Wesley Mission Victoria offices returning to their geographical origins and the Synod offices relocating to the site following completion of the new commercial building on the site.