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  • Advisory Board

    Advisory Board has as its primary function the specific responsibility of helping churches to find a new pastor when a vacancy occurs as well as working with pastors in identifying fresh possibilities for ministry in other places. In both instances the Board sees itself as a service group to pastors and churches.
    The Board is appointed by the churches through Assembly. Half the membership are ordained pastors, the other half are lay persons. At any given point of time, the Board will be cooperating with anywhere between five to thirty churches, depending on the pastoral needs being experienced. While most churches seek the assistance of the Board primarily for the purpose of appointing senior pastors (where there is a staff pastoral team) or solo pastors (where there is no staff team), churches are also welcome to seek assistance in the appointment of associate pastors. The Board seeks to provide the highest level of service possible and is committed to continuous improvement with its processes and resources for churches.

    The Board undertakes a number of tasks with pastoral search committees in particular:

    • Support is offered when an impending pastoral vacancy is notified.
    • A moderator is appointed upon request to assist to assist the pastoral search committee.
    • Gives particular attention to the vital task of shaping up a church and pastoral profile as well as identifying the needs of both church and community.
    • On the basis of information provided by pastors about themselves, the Board liaises with pastoral search committees of churches seeking new pastoral staff.

    In every respect it is an advisory role only. Each pastoral search committee is left to make its own decisions and, of course, the church membership itself has the final responsibility for the issue of a call.

    There is also a commensurate level of assistance offered to pastors seeking fresh opportunities for ministry. While no guarantees can be offered with respect to outcomes, every effort is made to alert churches to the availability of pastors who have indicated their desire for such a move where their gifts and experience are seen to be appropriate to the needs of a given congregation. The Board depends heavily on information provided by pastors about themselves and makes comprehensive (and confidential) use of this information.

    If you are a member of a pastoral search committee, be aware of the energy and enthusiasm of the Board to help you seek God’s guidance as you discern the best way forward for the filling of the pastoral vacancy in your congregation. If you are a pastor feeling that the time may be right to consider other possibilities in ministry, remember that the Board is there to help you also. Hopefully, as often as is possible, the needs of both pastors and churches can be happily matched in order that the Kingdom may continue to be extended.

    Please email lyn.williams@buv.com.au or phone Lyn Williams on 9880 6188 if you require further assistance.


    Advisory Board Members

    Rev Daniel Bullock

    Mrs Heather Coleman

    Mrs Sulari Nielsen

    Rev Paul Manning

    Rev Marita Munro

    Rev Brad Rumble

    Rev Jun Tan

    Rev Jude Waldron

    Mr Jame Lewis (Legal Advisor)

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