The Uniting Church in Australia, Synod of NSW and ACT
The Synod of NSW and the ACT is one of six Synods responsible for overall support of community services, mission planning, theological education and other educational services. We are also responsible for administrating Ministers, property, finance, insurance and other shared services.
Our fundamental building blocks are local Congregations, regional Presbyteries, state Synods, and the national Assembly. They are inter-related and are also called Councils. Each Council has its own distinct tasks, and recognises the limits of its responsibilities in relation to its peers. We work together just like family.
Congregations are communities who seek to follow Jesus, learn about God, share their faith, care for each other, serve the local community and to live faithfully with real joy. They usually meet in a Church building which symbolises Christian spirit.
Right now there are more than 500 Congregations made up from around 50,000 members in NSW and the ACT. Many have existed for a long time and many are new. Our Congregation gatherings are very diverse including café style, heritage style and contemporary church meeting areas.
While they are vastly different, each Congregation aims to embrace all people and to unite them with each other and with God. This is demonstrated by having an “open table” for Holy Communion where all people who has been baptised are invited. It also welcomes children for baptism and divorcees who wish to re-marry.
Some new groups prefer to worship on Wednesdays instead of Sundays, or to Minister across a region rather than in a local area.
Presbyteries are responsible for supervising day-to-day church life and work in their region. Ministers and Deacons report to the Presbytery which is responsible for their care.
There are 14 Presbyteries in the Synod of New South Wales and the ACT.
- Canberra Region Presbytery
- Far North Coast Presbytery
- Georges River Presbytery
- Illawarra Presbytery
- Macquarie Darling Presbytery
- Mid North Coast Presbytery
- New England North West Presbytery
- Parramatta Nepean Presbytery
- Riverina Presbytery
- Sydney Central Coast Presbytery
- Sydney Presbytery
- The Hunter Presbytery
Synods are responsible for overall support of Uniting Churches in their areas. Specifically in community services, mission planning, educational services, resource planning, people management including Ministers and all other administration matters regarding property, finances and insurance.
The elected head or spiritual leader of the Synod is the Moderator.
The General Secretary is appointed to provide leadership by actively engaging in strategic thinking about the life, direction, vision and mission of the church.
The Secretariat is responsible for providing administrative services to the Synod, Synod Standing Committee and all other Synod Committees.
Are you interested in volunteering your time on a committee, commission or board?
There are many possibilities within the Uniting Church where people can offer their time and gifts in service to the church.
Contact The Secretariat about vacancies across the committees and councils of the Church.
Alternatively, you can volunteer as an office bearer at your local Uniting Church.