Port Phillip East Presbytery ran an online course in 2020 designed support people in church councils. You’re welcome to use this material with your own leaders. The first link below is to the resource book we used, based on material from Uniting Mission & Education, Synod of NSW/ACT. We’ve placed the presentations from the three sessions we ran in 2020 in the videos below.

Church council governance resource book PPE 2020

See the whole first session, including plenary discussion.

See the whole second session, including plenary discussion.

Church Council Sample Agenda November 2020
Church Council Agenda St Samples
Sample Church Council Minutes
St Samples Worship Committee Report

Church council resources to download

The following resources (PDFs) are recommended for people serving on church councils within the Port Philip East Presbytery, including those who may make themselves available to be elected as church council members or elders.

Basis Of Union A4
Manual for Meetings-2015
UCA Statement to the Nation 1977
Covenanting Statement 1994
Covenanting Statement UAICC Response 1994
Multicultural Church Statement 1985
Guide for Church Councils for Implementing Keeping Children Safe Policy December 2017
A Behaviour Covenant for a Church Council
A Behavioural Covenant for Staff

Further Reading and Resources

Mission Stories Resources – videos and study guide
Leaders in God’s Mission – Robert Bos studies for Elders, Church Councils & Others
Craig Mitchell’s Congregational Research Interviews
Bethel Centre