STATEMENT - Uniting Church Ministry in Remote Australia
The Assembly Standing Committee (ASC) that met in Sydney from 20-23 March has made several key decisions to support the provision of remote area ministry through Frontier Services.
“Since the transition of Frontier Services’ aged care services to ARRCS and Juniper last year the Assembly has been investigating better, more sustainable ways to support remote area ministry,” said Uniting Church President Rev. Prof. Andrew Dutney.
“After a number of reviews it is clear that the interests of people receiving community services are best served by drawing on the expertise of the wider UnitingCare network and other providers.
“The ASC has also determined that Frontier Services begin discussions with synods and presbyteries to transfer the oversight and management of patrol ministers by the end of this year.
“Taking a whole-of-church approach is the best way to ensure our remote area ministries survive and thrive into the future. These changes will also mean greater local input and engagement with Frontier Services’ ministry.”
A National Consultation on Remote Area Ministry will be held to further consider the future shape of the Uniting Church’s ministry in remote Australia.
The Chair of the Frontier Services Interim Board Rev. Gregor Henderson has affirmed the continuing role of Frontier Services.
“Frontier Services will remain the major contributor to the provision of patrol ministry to remote Australia,” said Rev. Henderson.
“Frontier Services will continue to honour its commitment to support remote and rural Australia through its innovative community recovery and volunteering programs.”
2 April 2015