Membership in CCAC

The Australian Christian Churches (Formerly the Assemblies of God) have been members of the CCAC since 1993. (See History of CCAC). It was a Member Organisation at the time of incorporation in 2013 and is listed as such in Schedule 1 in the Constitution of the CCAC.

Corporate Structure

The Australian Christian Churches is a movement of Pentecostal Churches in voluntary cooperation. Each individual church is self-governing, but commits itself to work together with other churches in the movement for the purpose of mutual support and the spread of the gospel in Australia and the world.  There are currently 300 ACC Churches in NSW.

ACC Chaplaincy Australia Limited – is the Chaplaincy arm of the ACC and represents the ACC on the CCAC.  With over 350 Chaplains nation wide it seeks to discover, develop and deploy Chaplains into every sector of the Australian community. 

The management of Civil Chaplains has been delegated by the NSW ACC to ACC Chaplaincy Australia Limited.

Contact Details

Street Address:     Level 2, 30 Cowper Street Parramatta NSW 2124

Postal Address:     PO Box 337, Parramatta NSW  2124

Phone:                    02 8459 0315

Email:                     admin@chaplaincyaustralia.com

Website:                 chaplaincyaustralia.com

Mission 

The characteristics of the ACC may be found here

In our churches you’ll find vibrant, contemporary Christians who love the Lord Jesus Christ and express that love in lively praise and worship and in caring relationships. Australian Christian Churches are Bible-loving, evangelical and Pentecostal, and are about connecting people to Jesus Christ.

The mission of Chaplaincy is to provide resources to meet the spiritual and pastoral needs of all people, without discrimination, and in every field of life, throughout the states of Australia. To work in conjunction with the Local Church, using the Chaplaincy Ministry as a tool to minister to local communities.

Accountability 

The delegate to the CCAC of the Australian Christian Churches NSW reports directly to the National Director of Chaplaincy Australia.

Chaplains and other pastoral care workers report through their team structures to the NSW State Director Chaplaincy Australia.

All ministers, delegates and delegates and appointees of the Australian Christian Churches are ultimately accountable the Conference of the Australia Christian Churches National Conference as contained in the ACC Constitution

Accreditation of Chaplains 

Chaplaincy Australia is responsible for the accreditation of ACC Chaplains as per the table below.

Levels of endorsement are independent on whether or not the person thus accredited is remunerated or not.

Chaplains at all levels must maintain Ongoing Professional Development (OPD) and abide by the Chaplaincy Australia Code of Conduct.

Levels of Accreditation

Level 1 - Chaplaincy Associate

  • This is the entry-level accreditation for those who are working in an area of chaplaincy ministry. It is designed for individuals who have a sense of a call of God towards Chaplaincy and who possesses an appropriate level of training and experience for their specific chaplaincy role.

  • These may include: Sports Chaplains; Aged Care or Hospital Visitors; School Chaplains etc.

  • The completion or undertaking of appropriate, required courses in Chaplaincy ministry, which may include:

    • Chaplaincy Essentials

    • Certificate IV in Chaplaincy & Pastoral Care

    • Introduction to Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE)

    • Specific training in sports, school, prison chaplaincy or other initial course.

    • Must be committed and accountable to own local Church and leadership.

    • Must be accountable to an appointed overseeing Chaplain (eg: Regional Chaplain – periodic meetings, conferences and ongoing connection).

    • Must submit to WWCC, Police Check and complete ACC approved child protection training at least every 3 years.

    • Must commit to regular mentoring / professional supervision.

Level 2 - Chaplain

  • Level 2 Chaplains work across all sectors of Chaplaincy Ministry. They are individuals with evidence of a proven calling to the ministry of Chaplaincy, who have completed all required training and have the appropriate experience in their chosen chaplaincy role.

  • The completion of accredited courses as deemed necessary for this ministry, in particular:

    • Certificate IV in Chaplaincy & Pastoral Care or equivalent

    • Diploma of Ministry (Chaplaincy)

    • Other relevant courses will be considered.

    • Some theological study completed or being undertaken.

    • May be holder of ministerial credential.

    • Must be committed and accountable to own local Church and leadership.

    • Must be accountable to an appointed overseeing Chaplain (eg: Regional Chaplain – periodic meetings, conferences and ongoing connection).

    • Must submit to WWCC, Police Check and complete ACC approved child protection training at least every 3 years.

    • Must commit to regular professional supervision.