Synod In Past
1/03 Review of Church ordinances and abuse
Synod appoints a committee consisting of Mr Michael Orpwood QC, Mr Garth
Blake SC, Mr Neil Cameron, Mr Philip Gerber and Mr ROBERT WICKS to -
(a) review the Tribunal Ordinance 1962, the Church Discipline Ordinance
2002 and the Relinquishment of Holy Orders Ordinance 1994 in light
of recent experience and the basic principles contained in the proposed
national model legislation for dealing with abuse matters, and consistent
with biblical teaching, and
(b) prepare any draft amending ordinances for consideration by the
Synod in 2004.
(Mr Philip Gerber - 13.10.03)
of other churches joining the Anglican Church in the Diocese of Sydney
Synod, in view of the alarming developments in other Protestant
Churches and the possibility of some congregations wishing to associate
with or join the Anglican Church in this Diocese, requests that the
Standing Committee appoint a committee to consult with the Archbishop
on any changes in ordinances, necessary or desirable, to facilitate
such moves and to bring any necessary ordinances to affect such changes
to the next ordinary session of the Synod.
(Mr Neil Cameron - 13.10.03)
of the College of Church Planters
Synod approves the formation of a diocesan College of Church Planters
to facilitate and stimulate the growth and development of new Anglican
congregations and fellowships and to specifically work on the following
(a) sponsoring and organising local, regional and national church
planting conferences and 'schools' in concert with local leaders,
parishes and dioceses, and
(b) assisting and stimulating local and regional church planting
initiatives through 'roundtables', consultations and coaching, and
(c) researching, evaluating and reporting trends in church planting
here and overseas,
and appoints the following persons under the presidency of the Archbishop
The Rev Stuart Robinson (EM) - Chair
The Rev Stefan Bull - Secretary
and a committee comprising the following people -
Bishop Dudley Foord
Ms Rosie Pidgeon
Ms Kara Gilbert
The Rev Peter Sholl
Mr David Green
Bishop Ray Smith
Mr Greg Middleton
Mr Tony Willis
Dr George May
and the mover, with the power to co-opt.
(Dean Phillip Jensen - 13.10.03)
4/03 Church Planting Taskforce
Synod requests that the Archbishop establish a church planting taskforce
funded from the policy 2A budget with representation from each of the
regions, Evangelism ministries and other suitable people with the following
(a) to encourage church planting across the regions, and
(b) to research and develop effective models of church planting,
(c) to encourage and fund strategic pilot projects, and
(d) to train and encourage church planters, and
to monitor and report progress in church planting across the diocese
through Southern Cross and the Anglican Media Web site.
(Mr Andrew Mitchell - 13.10.03)
5/03 New Anglican Schools
(a) gives thanks to God for the establishment of two new Anglican
schools in the Diocese of Sydney – Shellharbour Anglican College
in the Illawarra and Wollondilly Anglican College in the Southern
(b) assures the respective foundation principals of the schools,
Mr Stuart Quarmby and Mr Tony Cummings, and their school councils,
of its prayers and encouragement as they prepare for their opening
in January 2004."
(The Rev Ian Mears - 13.10.03)
6/03 Election of Canon David Mulready as the
Bishop of North West Australia
Synod congratulates Canon David Mulready on his election to be the next
Bishop of North West Australia, gives thanks to God for his ministry
in the Diocese of Sydney and assures David and Maureen of its prayers
and best wishes for their new ministry.
(Bishop Ivan Lee - 13.10.03)
7/03 Protocol regarding
inheritances from parishioners
Synod requests that the regional archdeacons draft a protocol regarding
the propriety of clergy, employees of parishes, Diocesan officials,
and employees of Diocesan organisations, receiving inheritances from
(Dean Phillip Jensen - 14.10.03)
8/03 The Rev Howard Dillon
In view of the projected retirement of the Rev Howard Frederick Dillon
in August 2004, Synod gives profound thanks to Almighty God for the
public ministry of Howard Dillon in this Diocese and beyond over the
past 40 years, and especially for his leadership of the Sydney Anglican
Home Mission Society (Anglicare Diocese of Sydney) since his appointment
as Executive Director from the beginning of 1996.
Synod expresses its appreciation of his service and ministry and prays
for Howard and Aileen a satisfying and fruitful retirement.
(The Rev Martin Robinson - 14.10.03)
9/03 Reclassification of West Ryde as a parish
Synod assents to the reclassification of West Ryde as a parish with
effect from 1 January 2004.
(The Rev Richard Mills - 14.10.03)
10/03 Reclassification of Oakhurst as a parish
Synod assents to the reclassification of Oakhurst as a parish with effect
from 1 January 2004.
(The Rev Trevor Ackman - 14.10.03)
11/03 Reclassification of Rooty Hill as a
Synod assents to the reclassification of Rooty Hill as a parish with
effect from 1 January 2004.
(The Rev Ray Galea - 14.10.03)
12/03 Reclassification of St John’s
Park as a parish
Synod assents to the reclassification of St John’s Park as a parish
with effect from 1 January 2004.
(Archdeacon Geoff Huard - 14.10.03)
13/03 Moore Theological
Synod requests that the Standing Committee –
(a) appoint a committee to prepare in consultation with the College
Council, recommendations concerning ways in which the Diocese as a
whole and individual churches may support the work of Moore College
in its training of lay and stipendiary ministers, and
(b) report to the next ordinary session of Synod
(Mr Rodney Dredge - 15.10.03)
of the Mission
In light of this Synod's commitment to the Mission, and the need to
increase funds available for the Mission, Synod hereby requests-
(a) every parish, provisional parish, Anglican School and Diocesan
organisation within the Sydney Diocese to transfer their main cheque
account facility and deposits to the Glebe Income Accounts, by 31
March 2004, and
(b) all Sydney Anglicans consider investing their own term deposits
and other funds into Glebe Income Accounts.
(The Rev Ian Millican - 15.10.03)
15/03 Archbishop of Sydney’s Overseas
Relief and Aid Fund
Synod commends the ministry of the Archbishop of Sydney’s Overseas
Relief and Aid Fund especially under the leadership of Mrs Kim Vanden
Hengel who has brought new impetus to the work as well as a new emphasis
on partnership with CMS missionaries such as Mark and Annette Bennett
in Cairo and Max and Hanna Collison in Nairobi and with churches planted
by CMS missionaries such as at Katoke in Tanzania led by Canon Samuel
We thank God for the renewed energy and growth this work has promoted
in the churches and communities concerned, and we pray that the leaders
in each place may have wisdom and grace to use this provision faithfully
As a materially wealthy church in a wealthy society we affirm our commitment
to stand with our brothers and sisters throughout the world especially
those in churches begotten by Australian CMS missionaries located in
areas of deep poverty and great physical need - need for improved education,
health provision and food security.
We ask the Archbishop and his officers, as an expression of the Diocesan
mission ‘in all the world’, to ensure there is a vigorous
expansion of work such as that of ORAF which we note has attracted increasing
numbers of donors in recent times and higher total donations.
(Assoc Professor Alan Watson - 15.10.03)
of the Stipends and Allowances Committee
Synod hereby reappoints the Stipends and Allowances Committee, with
power to co-opt and directs that it report its findings and recommendations
to the Standing Committee for action. Synod further requests that the
Standing Committee, in making any future appointments to fill vacancies
arising on the Committee, should seek to ensure that there is always
a significant majority of lay membership
(Mr Philip Gerber - 15.10.03)
17/03 Mission property strategic plan
Synod endorses in general terms the Mission Property Committee’s
strategic plan and encourages parishes and organisations to consider
how they can support the implementation of that plan.
(Mr Peter Kell - 15.10.03)
18/03 Archbishop Sir Marcus Loane
Synod notes that on Tuesday 14 October Archbishop Marcus Loane celebrated
his 92nd birthday. Synod respectfully requests that the Archbishop write
to Sir Marcus and convey to him the best wishes and warm Christian greetings
of the Synod.
(Deaconess Margaret Rodgers - 20.10.03)
19/03 Ministry of Mrs Lois Rabey
Synod thanks God for the effective ministry of Mrs Lois Rabey of the
USA to the women of our Diocese and urges all Synod members to encourage
the women in their parish to attend the remaining meetings this week.
Synod also wishes to commend the initiative of MU Australia, the Wollongong
Regional Council and the Archbishop for providing this evangelistic
opportunity in our Diocese.
(The Rev John Livingstone - 20.10.03)
20/03 Proclamation of the word of God
Enthusiastically accepting the mission of our Lord Jesus Christ to make
disciples of all nations, acknowledging the Diocesan Mission to be one
expression of that mission and noting the Archbishop’s reference
in his Presidential Address to each church being a "context of
the unbeliever to hear God’s word and be saved", this Synod
recognises that from the earliest times, as recorded in Scripture, and
throughout history, the word of God, by the will of God, is often proclaimed
to the unbeliever outside of the context of church and urges Christian
people to proclaim this message from God and about God in many different
contexts, including the "market places" of our world.
(Dr Barry Newman - 20.10.03)
21/03 Act to
amend the Anglican Clergy Provident Fund Act
Synod requests that the board of the Anglican Provident Fund (Sydney)
consider seeking from the New South Wales Parliament an appropriate
amendment or amendments to the Anglican Clergy Provident Fund Act 1908
and the Anglican Clergy Provident Fund (Sydney) (Amendment) Act 1941
to enable the Standing Committee to exercise delegated powers of the
Sydney Synod in passing any ordinance in respect of the Fund.
(Mr Richard Lambert - 20.10.03)
22/03 Australian Racing Christian Chaplaincy
Noting the Diocesan Mission of seeing at least 10% of the population
of the Diocese in Bible-based churches in the next ten years and particularly
noting policy 2, ‘…to take further initiatives to create
fellowships by penetrating structures of society beyond the reach of
the parish church …’, Synod –
(a) gives thanks to God for the continued progress of the Australian
Racing Christian Chaplaincy (ARCC) in seeking to establish a gospel
ministry to people working in the thoroughbred horse-racing industry,
(b) urges members to pray for harmonious relationships with racing
clubs, administrators and individuals, so that the gospel may not
be hindered in any way, and
urges members to pray that a suitable candidate with a licence to officiate
will be found for the position of chaplain.
(The Rev Jeremy Tonks - 20.10.03)
23/03 Listing of children’s workers
in the Diocesan year book
Synod requests that, in the 2004 and subsequent Diocesan Year Books,
provision be made for a separate listing of children’s workers,
in addition to, but separate from the youth workers’ listing.
(Miss Jennifer Flower - 20.10.03)
Synod requests that the Standing Committee have the Professional Standards
Board review clauses 22(6) and 32(2) of the Church Administration Ordinance
1990 which state respectively -
‘A person who is a prohibited person within the meaning of
the Child Protection (Prohibited Employment) Act 1988 may not be appointed
or elected as a churchwarden of a church.’
‘A person who is a prohibited person within the meaning of
the Child Protection (Prohibited Employment) Act 1988 may not be elected
or appointed as a member of a parish council or a committee established
under clause 29A of a parish.’
and report to the 2004 session of the Synod on –
(a) the operation of those clauses and their effect on parish councils
and the administration of parishes, and
(b) the inclusion of an appropriate diocesan review and decision
process to allow a church member with prohibited person status to
apply for conditional or full exemption from the exclusions to be
elected or appointed as a churchwarden or parish councillor.
(Ms Aliki Darlow - 20.10.03)
Synod, noting the 1988 Report to Synod entitled "Freemasonry Examined"
and subsequent resolution 9/88 of that Synod -
(a) affirms that Freemasonry and Christianity are fundamentally and
irreconcilably incompatible, and
(b) affirms that Freemasonry teaches and upholds a system of false
religious and spiritual beliefs that are contrary to biblical Christianity.
Synod encourages ministers and other Christians to take every opportunity
to reach out in love to all Freemasons and share with them the gospel
Synod encourages all Christians who are members of a Masonic Lodge
to demonstrate their commitment to Jesus Christ as the divine Son of
God and as the sole way of salvation, by withdrawing from the Lodge.
Synod encourages ministers not to participate in, nor allow in their
church buildings, any religious services or activities that uphold,
condone, promote or encourage adherence to Freemasonry.
Synod requests the Councils of all Anglican Schools to consider any
association that their school may have with any Masonic Lodge, and to
withdraw from any such association. Synod further requests that Anglican
Schools neither participate in any activity that may uphold, condone,
promote or encourage adherence to Freemasonry, nor give publicity to
any such activity, nor allow the name of the school to be used in association
with any such activity.
Synod requests Standing Committee to undertake the preparation, production
and distribution of a clear and unambiguous booklet suitable for wide
distribution, examining the key rites, teachings and beliefs of Freemasonry
and explaining why they differ from Biblical Christianity, and explaining
why it is wrong for a Christian to belong to the Lodge.
(The Rev Bill Winthrop - 20.10.03)
26/03 Lay and diaconal administration of Holy
Synod requests that the Standing Committee –
(a) bring to the next session a bill which incorporates the recommendations
of its sub-committee for consideration by the Synod at that session,
(b) arrange for a formal debate on the bill at that session, and
report to that session as to the possible consequences of the passing
of an ordinance which authorises diaconal and lay administration and
as to how any adverse consequences can be avoided.
(Bishop Glenn Davies - 20.01.03)
27/03 Creation of a mission partnership fund
Synod requests that the Standing Committee, in calculating the cost
recoveries charges payable by parochial units in 2005, consider providing
for the creation in that year of a mission partnership fund to be funded
by such charges and applied between the regional councils in such manner
as the Standing Committee may determine.
(The Rev Andrew Monk - 21.10.03)
28/03 Church of England on Norfolk Island
Synod sends its greetings to the Church of England on Norfolk Island,
and assures the Church of our prayers and best wishes.
(Bishop ROBERT FORSYTH - 21.10.03)
29/03 Future shape of ministry
Synod encourages the Standing Committee and its Mission Taskforce to
continue to consider proposals for the future shape of ministry in the
Diocese and, in relation thereto, encourages consideration of the following
specific matters –
(a) the funding of proposals,
(b) what will happen to lay stipendiary workers,
(c) the permanence of ministry (including whether ‘ordination’
as a minister is temporary or permanent),
(d) the ministry of deacons, in reality and in theory,
(e) de-centralisation of the delivery of training,
(f) ecumenical movements with other bible based churches,
(g) recognition of previous study and a wider range of study and
(h) and other items.
(Dean Phillip Jensen - 21.10.03)
30/03 Anglican Communion
Synod reaffirms its commitment to the authority of Scripture and recognises
that the Anglican Communion has traditionally maintained its adherence
to that authority and that of the 39 articles of religion.
It notes the departure from biblical authority in the actions of -
(a) the Synod of the Diocese of New Westminster by agreeing to bless
same-sex unions, and
(b) the Diocese of New Hampshire, endorsed by the Convention of the
Episcopal Church of the United States of America, in electing as bishop
a person engaged in homosexual activity.
Synod therefore dissociates itself from these actions which are contrary
to biblical teaching, and as an expression of Christian fellowship and
love calls on those involved to repent, and to reverse their decisions.
Synod also commends our Archbishop for his public comments on these
issues and for standing with other leaders of like mind in their desire
to maintain the truths of Scripture.
(Bishop Glenn Davies - 21.10.03)
31/03 Support for churches adhering to biblical
teaching on human sexuality
Synod sends Christian greetings to the Rev David Short, to the congregation
of St John’s Shaughnessy, and to the other clergy and laity of
the Diocese of New Westminister who have stood firm on the teaching
of scripture concerning human sexuality.
We commit ourselves to pray for your witness to the truth, for the
deepening of your fellowship in the proclamation of the gospel and for
your continued confidence in our Father’s sovereign purposes.
Synod also supports the proposal that members of the Diocese of New
Westminster who cannot in conscience accept the Episcopal leadership
of Bishop Ingham should have access to alternative Episcopal ministry.
Synod also expresses its support for those sections of ECUSA who are
struggling to preserve biblical standards in their denomination and
encourages them to stand firm in the face of pressure to conform to
policies that are contrary to biblical teaching.
(Canon Bruce Ballantine-Jones - 21.10.03)
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