Pastor Competencies

Information for prospective and recognised Pastors

Information on the ministry of Pastor is available on the Uniting Church Assembly website, including the Core Competencies and General Competencies and rules. The Uniting Church Regulations include many on the ministry of Pastor, and are summarised on a single page.

Core Competencies are those areas determined by the UCA Assembly as essential minimum requirements for an appointment for the ministry of Pastor; every person recognised as a Pastor must demonstrate these competencies. The Assembly has determined that these Core Competencies address two areas: The Basis of Union and UCA ethos, and the UCA Code of Ethics and Ministry Practice. Competencies include knowledge, skills and other abilities. The Assembly provides relevant self-directed learning resources: Orientation to the Basis of Union and Orientation to the Code of Ethics and Ministry Practice, both available from CTM Resourcing. All pastors are required to demonstrate the Core Competencies before or within three months of commencing in their ministry context.

General Competencies are related to the particular role and context; a person in a Pastor role needs to demonstrate the competencies relevant to that role. The General Competencies include:

1. Community Development
2. Education
3. Evangelism
4. Leadership
5. Pastoral Care
6. Organisation & Administration
7. Worship & Preaching

Anyone exercising ministry under the regulations for the specified Ministry of Pastor is required to demonstrate both the Core Competencies and the relevant General Competencies for and within their ministry context.

The Assembly website is not easy to navigate for Pastor resources, and the search function is not very effective, so the following files are listed here for simplicity: