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equipping Leadership for Mission

The eLM unit provides resources, education and engagement across the entire Synod - in other words, it equips Leadership for Mission.

Its influence is far reaching, formal and informal, across events, forums and engagement campaigns, face-to-face and in traditional and digital media.

eLM is focused on serving and resourcing the presbyteries and congregations, the individuals and groups across the Synod to increase their capacity to engage, lead and thrive as disciples in mission.

Formed in 2017, eLM has four streams:


The Education and Formation for Leadership stream focuses on resourcing the current and future leadership for ministry. Current leadership – lay and ordained – are resourced for ongoing roles within congregations, presbyteries and beyond the Church. Formal accredited pathways are delivered through the Pilgrim Theological College, which offers awards in theological education.

There are three strands to this division:


The Priorities, Focus and Advocacy stream focuses on social justice, intergenerational and intercultural ministry, new and renewing communities and disability inclusion. It advocates for change in society (individuals, communities, governments and policies) and Church to help those who are marginalised, disadvantaged and vulnerable. It also works with the Church to develop inclusive communities, and equip leadership for life-giving ministry across many and varied contexts.

There are two clusters in this stream:

Thriving communities

Social Justice


Through Relationships and Connections, eLM partners with other agencies to resource leadership and ministry beyond the congregation and presbytery setting such as schools, prisons, camping and hospitals. It is also responsible for placing ministers within congregations, agencies and schools across the Synod, as well as overseeing the missional and educational grants available for the ongoing support of mission and ministry.

There are six strands to this division:


The Marketing, Functions and Administration division oversees a wide range of functions. It:

  • provides strategic and ongoing marketing to support the Synod, including eLM
  • manages all functions and events at the Centre for Theology and Ministry in Parkville
  • manages all CTM properties, including the Maclean House B&B
  • manages the Otira Theological Bookclub and provides admin support to eLM and the UCAF
  • manages Synod e-News and all of Synod’s Facebook and Twitter accounts
  • manages over 100 websites (including the Synod website, Pilgrim Theological College and Crosslight Online)
  • provides training to congregations on creating and managing their own websites
  • manages a number of print assets, such as Crosslight magazine
  • manages all media enquiries and any reputational risk to the Synod
  • helps promote the work of all Synod Ministries and Operations units within Victoria and Tasmania

The Communications team is co-located between the Synod Centre (CBD) and the Centre for Theology and Ministry (Parkville). It can be contacted by email at communications@victas.uca.org.au.

The Administration team at CTM supports the work of all eLM units as well as a range of other activities. These include the Otira Book Club, CTM Resourcing (which provides resources to congregations, the UCAF, McLean House B&B bookings at CTM) and much more.

A list of key eLM contacts can be found here.

eLM streams