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Report of the Standing Committee meeting held on 23 July 2007

Bishop Ivan Lee and Mr Philip Gerber led in prayer.

Prudential standards for large diocesan organisations

Standing Committee –

(a)     received a report and proposal from PriceWaterhouseCoopers (PWC), and

(b)     asked that in conjunction with the Finance Committee, PWC undertake the survey referred to in the report, and report its findings to the Standing Committee, and

(c)      established a committee of reference to oversee the development and distribution of the survey, and

(d)     authorised the application of up to $24,000 from the Synod Fund Contingencies to cover the expected cost of PWC’s survey and report.

Queen’s birthday honours

Standing Committee congratulated Chaplain Timothy Noel Booker, New South Wales, on being awarded a Conspicuous Service Medal for outstanding service as the deployed chaplain to Battle Group Faithful, Operation Astute and the 3rd Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment.

Outreach in 2009  

Standing Committee noted a report and –

(a)     confirmed its in principle support for the proposal to conduct a Diocesan-wide evangelistic campaign of contact centred on the distribution of the Word of God (“Outreach 09”) as outlined in the report, and

(b)     noted that it is proposed to present Outreach 09 to the forthcoming session of Synod as part of the Mission presentation, and

(c)     requested that an ordinance be drafted for consideration at the next meeting to fund Outreach 09 with a view to such ordinance being promoted to the forthcoming session of the Synod “by request of the Standing Committee”.  

Minutes of the Mission Board  

Standing Committee noted the minutes of the Mission Board of 25 June 2007.  

Minutes of 25 June 2007  

Standing Committee approved of the minutes of 25 June2007, having been certified by Mr Clive Ellis as minute reader, being signed as a correct record.      

Ordinances  

Assessment and Charges Ordinance 1975 Amendment Ordinance 2007  

The purpose of this ordinance was to amend the Assessment and Charges Ordinance 1975.    

Parramatta Mortgaging and Land Sale Ordinance 2007  

The purpose of this ordinance was to permit the sale of certain land at Parramatta, the mortgaging of that land and other land at Oatlands and the application of the proceeds of mortgage and sale.    

Asbestos Inspection (Special Charge) Ordinance 2007  

Standing Committee –

(a)     requested that the Asbestos Inspection (Special Charge) Ordinance 2007 be promoted to the forthcoming session of the Synod “by request of the Standing Committee” and exclude any levy on parochial units for which no real property is held on trust by the Property Trust, and

(b)    approved the printing for Synod of a suitable form of explanatory report for the Asbestos Inspection (Special Charge) Ordinance 2007.   

Elections  

Membership of the Standing Committee:  Qualified Ministers elected by the Regional Electors of the Wollongong Region  

Standing Committee received the following report from the Diocesan Secretary –  

“On 6 July 2007, Canon John Cornford resigned as a Qualified Minister elected by the Regional Electors of the Wollongong Region.

 

Under clause 3(3) of the Standing Committee Ordinance 1897, the Regional Electors of the Wollongong Region may fill the vacancy arising upon the resignation by an election conducted as a pre-Synod election under the Synod Elections Ordinance 2000.

 

A notice of election to fill the vacancy was sent to Regional Electors of the Wollongong Region on 11 July.  The closing date for nominations is 25 July.  If the election is contested, ballot papers will be sent to Regional Electors by 27 July 2007 with the ballot closing date being 8 August 2007.

 

A report about the outcome of the election will be sent to the Archbishop in due course.”    

Membership of the Standing Committee:  Qualified Lay Persons elected by the Regional Electors of the Northern Region  

Standing Committee received the following report from the Diocesan Secretary –  

“On 9 July 2007, Mr Ian Minnett resigned as a Qualified Lay Person elected by the Regional Electors of the Northern Region.

 

Under clause 3(3) of the Standing Committee Ordinance 1897, the Regional Electors of the Northern Region may fill the vacancy arising upon the resignation by an election conducted as a pre-Synod election under the Synod Elections Ordinance 2000.

 

A notice of election to fill the vacancy was sent to Regional Electors of the Northern Region on 11 July.  The closing date for nominations is 25 July.  If the election is contested, ballot papers will be sent to Regional Electors by 27 July 2007 with the ballot closing date being 8 August 2007.

 

A report about the outcome of the election will be sent to the Archbishop in due course.”    

Anglican Church Property Trust Diocese of Sydney  

Mr Ian Pike was elected.   

Finance Committee
Mission Property Committee
SCEGGS Darlinghurst Limited  

These matters were deferred.    

Casual vacancies  

(a)     General Synod, Sydney Representatives – Canon John Cornford had resigned and a vacancy was declared for a clerical member.  

The Rev Dr Bill Salier was elected as a matter of urgency.  

(b)      Mission Board  

Vacancy for a person who is the Head of an Organisation

Mr Rodney Dredge had ceased being a member due to his retirement as Chief Executive Officer of the Sydney Diocesan Secretariat and a vacancy was declared for a person who is the Head of an Organisation.

Mr Steve McKerihan was elected as a matter of urgency.  

Vacancy for a person who is not a Head of an Organisation

The Rev Zac Veron had become a member appointed by the Archbishop and a vacancy was declared for a person who is not a Head of an Organisation.  

(c)      St Andrew’s House – Mr Rodney Dredge had resigned and a vacancy was declared for a person who the Archbishop has recommended as being suitable to be an EOS nominee.  

Secretariat and Glebe Board  

Minutes  

Standing Committee noted that the minute book of the Three Corporations had been tabled.  

Report of the Chief Executive Officer  

Standing Committee received a report.  

 

Distributions from the Diocesan Endowment  

Standing Committee –

(a)     received a report, and

(b)     agreed to consider the recommendations in the report as part of a policy debate at its next meeting on 27 August, and

(c)     noted that the Glebe Administration Board intends inviting all members to an information session about the matters addressed in the report before the next meeting.  

 

 

Financial Matters  

Actions by the Finance Committee under delegated authority  

Standing Committee noted that, acting under delegated powers, the Finance Committee had –

(a)    agreed to make no change to the present limits specified in clauses 4(a), 4(b) and 4(i)(i) of the Assessment and Charges Ordinance 1975, and

(b)    approved the application of $2,645 from Synod Fund Contingencies to enable the payment of the full amount of the New South Wales Council of Churches affiliation fees for 2007.    

Actions by the Work Outside the Diocese Committee under delegated authority  

Standing Committee noted that, acting under delegated authority, the Work Outside the Diocese Committee had approved the payments detailed in a report.  

Recommended stipends and allowances for youth and children’s ministry staff  

Receipt of report

Standing Committee received a report from the Stipends and Allowances Committee and –

(a)     agreed to set recommended minimum stipends and allowances for Diploma and Advanced Diploma trained Youth and Children’s ministry staff as percentages of the minimum stipend for a minister from 1 January 2008, in accordance with the following formula –

1st to 3rd year 65%

4th to 6th year 75%

7th and subsequent year (Advanced Diploma only) 85%,

and

(b)    asked that the relevant recommended minimum stipends and allowances for Diploma and Advanced Diploma trained Youth and Children’s ministry staff for 2008 determined in accordance with these percentages be included in the Stipends Circular for 2008.      

Synod Matters  

3rd ordinary session of the 47th Synod  

Standing Committee received a report.    

26/03 Lay and diaconal administration of Holy Communion

Receipt of report

Standing Committee received a report.  

Licensing deacons and lay persons

Standing Committee encouraged the Archbishop –

(a)    to include in the licences of deacons their authorisation to assist the presbyter in administering the sacraments of baptism and the Lord’s Supper (consistent with the terms of the Ordination Service for Deacons Canon 1985), and

(b)    to include in the licences of suitable lay persons their authorisation to assist the presbyter in the ministration and distribution of the Lord’s Supper (consistent with the terms of the Lay Assistants at Holy Communion Canon 1973).

Motion for Synod

Standing Committee –

(a)     requested that the following motion be moved at the forthcoming session of the Synod “by request of the Standing Committee” –
 

“Synod requests that, in accordance with the Canon Concerning Services 1992, an order for the Lord’s Supper be prepared and authorised for use in the Diocese which does not require a presbyter to say or conduct any particular part thereof.”, and
 

(b)     approved of the printing of a suitable form of the report as a report from the Standing Committee for the forthcoming session of the Synod along with a suitable extract from earlier reports to the Synod, indicating the reasons that lie behind this approach.  

30/06 Diocesan Policy on Education  

Receipt of report

Standing Committee received a report.  

Printing of report and revised policy for Synod

Standing Committee approved the printing for the forthcoming session of Synod of a suitable form of –

(a)      the report (incorporating the matters in the previous report received on 30 April 2007), and

(b)      the Diocesan Policy Statement on Education

as the Standing Committee’s response to resolution 30/06.  

Motion for Synod

Standing Committee requested that the following motion be moved at the forthcoming session of the Synod “by request of the Standing Committee” –  

“That the Diocesan Policy Statement on Education be approved in principle.”  

Further motion for Synod

Standing Committee requested the following procedural motion be moved at the forthcoming session of the Synod “by request of the Standing Committee” –
 

“Synod agrees, for the purposes of considering the motion appearing at item X, (the ‘In Principle Motion’), to the following arrangements –

(a)     the In Principle Motion will be taken to have been moved and seconded, and

(b)     the mover may speak up to 20 minutes about the In Principle Motion, and

(c)     the seconder may speak up to 10 minutes about the In Principle Motion, and

(d)     the procedures for the making of ordinances under Part 5 of the business rules (from and including rule 5.5(2) but excluding rules 5.7(3)(b), 5.9 and 5.10) are to apply as if the Diocesan Policy Statement on Education was an ordinance, and

(e)     if a motion that the Diocesan Policy Statement on Education pass as a policy of the Synod is carried under business rule 5.7(1), the mover of the motion may forthwith move the following –

‘Synod –

(a)     requests that a copy of the Diocesan Policy Statement on Education, or the relevant part or parts thereof, be circulated to all parishes and Diocesan organisations, and

(b)     requests that each parish and Diocesan organisation review its own policies where necessary to ensure they are consistent with the Diocesan Policy.’,

and suspends so many of the business rules which would prevent these arrangements.”    

15/06 National Register Canon  

Standing Committee received a letter from Mr Garth Blake SC.  

Recognised Churches (Provisional Status) Amendment Ordinance 2007  

Standing Committee received a report and –

(a)    agreed to promote the bill for the Recognised Churches (Provisional Status) Amendment Ordinance 2007 to the forthcoming session of the Synod “by request of the Standing Committee”, and

(b)     approved of the printing of a suitable form of the report for members of the Synod, and

(c)     requested that a copy of the bill and the report be circulated forthwith to the regional councils for their consideration and comment.    

Parochial Cost Recoveries for 2008  

Standing Committee received a report from the Manager, Diocesan and Policy Services and –

(a)     agreed to the ministry and property costs for 2008 specified in the report and the estimate of the amounts payable, and

(b)      approved of the printing of the report for the Synod.  

Safe Ministry Board Annual Report to Synod  

Standing Committee received a report and approved of the printing of a suitable form of the report for the forthcoming session of the Synod.    

Proposal to reclassify Newtown with Erskineville as a parish  

Standing Committee –

(a)     approved of the printing of the attached report, and

(b)     requested that a motion by which the Synod may assent to the reclassification be moved at the forthcoming session of the Synod “by request of the Standing Committee”.  

Proposal to reclassify Menangle as a parish  

Standing Committee –

(a)     approved of the printing of the attached report, and

(b)     requested that a motion by which the Synod may assent to the reclassification be moved at the forthcoming session of the Synod “by request of the Standing Committee”.    

Printing reports for Synod  

Standing Committee approved of the printing of the Georges River Council: Annual Report for the Synod.      

Other Matters  

Response of the Sydney Diocesan Doctrine Commission to Archbishop Rowan Williams’ Larkin-Stuart Lecture  

Standing Committee noted a response and authorised the printing of the response for the forthcoming session of Synod.    

Climate change  

Standing Committee received a report from the Diocesan Secretary.    

SCECGS Redlands  

Standing Committee noted a letter from the Chairman of SCECGS Redlands.

Statement from the Global South Steering Committee  

Standing Committee noted a statement.    

Review of the membership of the Mission Property Committee  

This matter was deferred.    

Date of next meeting  

Monday 27 August 2007.

 

 

 

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