Churches of Christ in NSW and the ACT


Membership in CCAC

The Churches of Christ in NSW and the ACT  have been represented on the CCAC and its precursors since 1964 (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.

The member authority at the time of constitution is "The Moderator" (see Schedule 2 of the Constitution of the CCAC). This office is now known as "The Executive Ministry Director".

Corporate Structure

Churches of Christ Australia


The Churches of Christ in NSW and the ACT  is a member body of the Churches of Christ in Australia.

The Churches of Christ is an international family of autonomous churches variously known as Churches of Christ, Christian Churches and Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).

This family of churches grew out of an early 19th Century movement with origins in both the UK and the USA. Today, there are congregations related to this Christian movement in over 170 countries. It is sometimes referred to as the “Stone-Campbell Movement”.

Churches of Christ in NSW


Within the family of the Churches of Christ the Churches of Christ in NSW and the ACT  is an autonomous entity that has been established by the Churches of Christ in New South Wales Incorporation Act (1947).

Fresh Hope Mission and Ministry



The management of Civil Chaplains has been delegated by the Churches of Christ in NSW and the ACT to Freshhope Mission and Ministry, its welfare arm.

Contact Details

Street Address:

Level 1, 3 Rider Boulevard Rhodes NSW 2138

Postal Address:

PO Box 3561 Rhodes, NSW 2138

Contact Details:

Phone:  8719 2600

Fax:     8719 2601

Email:  office@freshhope.org.au

Mission

The characteristics of the Churches of Christ may be found here
 
Central to this is a commitment to taking seriously Jesus’ prayer in John 17:23 

‘May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.’ 

Today this commitment is shown both by emphasising both the need for 
  • a personal commitment to Jesus Christ, and 
  • a concern for peace and justice for all people. 
Civil Chaplaincy is seen as an important expression this concern for peace and justice for all people as an expression of the personal commitment to Jesus Christ of those appointed as chaplains. As such therefore it is committed to bringing the love of Christ to all they meet without proselytising, without discrimination and regardless of the faith, race or gender of those they serve.

Accountability 

The delegate to the CCAC of the Churches of Christ in NSW and the ACT  reports directly to the Freshhope Mission and Ministry Leader.

Chaplains and other pastoral care workers report through their team structures to the Freshhope Mission and Ministry Leader.

All ministers, delegates and delegates and appointees of the Churches of Christ in NSW and the ACT  are ultimately accountable the Conference of the Churches of Christ in NSW and the ACT  in accord with the provisions of the Churches of Christ in New South Wales Incorporation Act (1947).

Authorisation of Chaplains

The Churches of Christ in NSW and the ACT  currently recognises three formal levels of endorsement for Chaplains as per the table below.

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

Chaplains at all levels must maintain Ongoing Professional Development (OPD) and abide by the Churches of Christ in NSW and the ACT  Minister's Code of Conduct.

Level of Endorsement


Chaplain

Bachelor of Theology, Bachelor of Ministry or equivalent degree with an appropriate emphasis on Chaplaincy and that is acceptable to the Churches of Christ in NSW and the ACT .


Associate Chaplain

Diploma of Theology, Bachelor of Ministry or equivalent degree
that is acceptable to the Churches of Christ in NSW and the ACT .

Candidates for appropriate Bachelor Theology, Bachelor of Ministry or equivalent degrees may be appointed as Associate Chaplains.


Assistant Chaplain

Appropriate training for their area of service.