Board and Council update, December 2019

The Churches of Christ in Queensland Conference Council and Board bid farewell to another busy year, which was accentuated with finalising our next strategic plan, various Royal Commissions and visits to some of our regional areas. 

Members from the Council and Board travelled with Chief Executive Officer Gary Edwards for regional information sessions with church leaders. These events were a chance to connect directly with church leaders, elders and other church volunteers. They listened to stories from the local churches in action and better understood how Kenmore Campus can support their local mission. They also discussed the National Redress Scheme; safe people, places and programs; healthy governance and eldership; and shared the Strategic Plan 2019-24 and the priority of ‘building the Kingdom of God’. Thank you to everyone who attended these sessions.

Our June Board meeting was held in Hervey Bay, so Board and Council members took the chance to meet with staff and church leaders in the region. It was encouraging for all to come together to listen, share ideas, and see first-hand the great work being done in our communities.

The August meeting was held on the Gold Coast, where they also met with local services and held information sessions with local affiliated churches. The information session was an important opportunity for the CEO, Board and Council to provide an update on the new strategic plan, the work of Global Mission Partners and key sessions on eldership and strategies for attracting and engaging millennials in local congregations.

Gold Coast Mayor, Tom Tate, also addressed the meeting in what was one of the highlights of the day.

This year, there has been a few major issues and projects that have required the careful consideration and input from Board and Council, including the National Redress Scheme, the Strategic Plan 2019-24, new risk management framework and insurance, and the new aged care standards, as well as provided guidance to our Victorian aged care services following the enactment of euthanasia laws in the state. The Board also approved new developments and adopted the organisation’s budget. 

Chair of Council and Conference President Geoff Charles thanks his fellow Council members for their contribution throughout the year.

“I commend Council members for their wisdom, and acknowledge the valuable contribution our two retiring Council members, Andi Owens and Chris Gribble have made. Your servant-hearted contributions are the strength of the Conference,” Geoff said.

For Board Chair Ken Ewald, he acknowledges that while there have been some challenges navigated, the Board has continued to be inspired by the work of the organisation.

“It has been a pleasure to work with my fellow Board members, Council and Executive this year to bring about many successes in the midst of new challenges from our insurers and government authorities.

“As we ponder over the year gone by, let us be thankful for the ability to manage our responsibilities for this great organisation that provides so much for thousands of people in our care throughout Queensland and Victoria,” Ken said.

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Posted December 5, 2019 in Networking blog