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Committees & Task Groups

Like every Presbytery of the uniting Church a number of tasks are delegated to Committees or Task Groups. These report back to Presbytery who overseas their work. The committees or Task Groups may be contacted through the Presbytery Office.

Presbytery Committees

The Presbytery of Gippsland currently has committees that carry out the work of the Presbytery between Presbytery-in-Council Meetings. Nominations for committees, full lists of members and terms are presented to the Presbytery in August each year and are elected in November.Presbytery Committees report to the Presbytery in Council.

  • The Standing Committee deals with maters referred to it from the Presbytery and any matters which arise between meetings of the Presbytery-in-Council which are of an urgent or executive nature. It does not provide a separate report to Presbytery as Presbytery members are sent copies of the minutes of Presbytery Standing Committee meetings.
  • The Pastoral Relations Committee has responsibility for pastoral care and relational oversight of all those in ministry placements and for relational oversight of all Parishes/Clusters. It also deals with all aspects of applications for Minister of the Word or other ministry positions and has oversight of all candidates to such positions.
  • The Presbytery Property Committee deals with all matters related to property. Any queries relating to Property should be addressed to PM Admin in the first instance. Congregations considering applying to sell, build, lease or buy property should also refer to PM Admin as a first step. Most property matters (other than minor maintenance works) require Presbytery approval. The Property Committee considers these and forwards to the Synod Property Applications Review Team (PART) with recommendations. The Property Committee may also deal with matters referred to it by Synod or the Presbytery.
  • The Education Committee helps people across the Presbytery access a range of education and training opportunities. These may be available in the Presbytery or elsewhere. It works in conjunction with the Lay Preacher network, PRC, CTM and others.
  • The Nominations Committee is responsible for seeking and collecting nominations for various positions as required by the Presbytery. It may also suggest names for people to serve on Synod committees.

Presbytery Task Groups

Task groups are usually sub-committees of Presbytery Committees designed to carry out specific tasks.

  • The applicants and candidates task group is a task group of the Pastoral Relations Committee (PRC). Its role is to deal with all matters relating to those who apply for ministry and those who are accepted as candidates.
  • The Children’s Youth and Families Ministry Task Group is a sub-committee of the Education Committee. Its role is to assist those involved in these areas of ministry with resources, education and networking with others.
  • The I.T. Task Group was set up to consider ways to improve the electronic distribution of information and presentations at Presbytery meetings. It also manages the Presbytery Website.
  • The Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation Task Group  role is to bring to the attention of the Presbytery information and activities relating to Social Justice, the environment and sustainability. It relates to, and sometimes works with, the Synod’s JIM Unit (Justice and International Mission). It is a sub-committee of the Standing Committee.