Lay ministries include the diverse breadth of ways in which women and men express their faith through personal discipleship and faithful community at mission in the world.
A variety of theological learning opportunities, resources and support services are available through the Centre for Theology & Ministry to equip disciples for lay ministry, including ‘Do It Yourself’ resources as well as structured courses and topical workshops. Programs are open to those in church leadership (worship leaders, elders and church council, lay preachers, pastors) as well as ministry candidates, agency staff and anyone interested in learning more about the church.
The Uniting Church is committed to leadership on the basis of the diversity of gifts for service in the ministry of Christ (Basis of Union par. 13), and has always affirmed the leadership of both women and men (pars 14-15). The theological and biblical basis for this continuing commitment is articulated in the Uniting Church Assembly resolution 90.32, ‘Why Does the Uniting Church in Australia Ordain Women to the Ministry of the Word?‘
Recent resources include the four Bible studies by Rev Dr Sally Douglas on Early Church Understandings of Jesus as the Female Divine at the Synod 2016 meeting: