Church & community

About Safe People, Places and Programs

Safe churches begin and end with the knowledge that God’s love is for all people. We are called to love all others, but God also has a special concern for the poor, the marginalised and the oppressed. Safeguarding is both an individual and a corporate responsibility. The Working with Chi
Having a commitment to good practices in selecting, screening and training of volunteers and employees who are entrusted with working with children, young and vulnerable people is key to creating a safe environment within a church. Forms and resources Example code of conduct [Reference] S
Creating a safe place at church means looking at a range of different topics, but particular attention should be paid to the physical, emotional and spiritual aspects. Physical aspects Church property and equipment is to be maintained to a standard acceptable for the safe conduct of activit
We encounter risk in our life every day. In just crossing the street we undertake a risk assessment for ourselves. Risk assessment is the simple process used to determine whether to proceed with an activity or not. The leadership of the church are responsible for reviewing and approving planned a
The leadership of the church should develop an Emergency Response Plan (ERP) for their church community. It is important that leaders and helpers are aware of this plan, and equipped with proper first aid supplies and have access to qualified personnel. The leadership of the church must also ensu
A key principle of safe churches is that employees and volunteers are equipped with the knowledge, skills and awareness to keep children and vulnerable people safe through ongoing education and training. Here are some online and workshop based training opportunities: Safe Church Awareness w
About Safe People, Places and Programs
Safe churches begin and end with the knowledge that God’s love is for all people. We are called to love all others, but God also has a special concern for the poor, the marginalised and the oppressed. Safeguarding is both an individual and a corporate responsibility. The Working with Chi
Safe People
Having a commitment to good practices in selecting, screening and training of volunteers and employees who are entrusted with working with children, young and vulnerable people is key to creating a safe environment within a church. Forms and resources Example code of conduct [Reference] S
Safe Places
Creating a safe place at church means looking at a range of different topics, but particular attention should be paid to the physical, emotional and spiritual aspects. Physical aspects Church property and equipment is to be maintained to a standard acceptable for the safe conduct of activit
Safe Programs
We encounter risk in our life every day. In just crossing the street we undertake a risk assessment for ourselves. Risk assessment is the simple process used to determine whether to proceed with an activity or not. The leadership of the church are responsible for reviewing and approving planned a
Problems
The leadership of the church should develop an Emergency Response Plan (ERP) for their church community. It is important that leaders and helpers are aware of this plan, and equipped with proper first aid supplies and have access to qualified personnel. The leadership of the church must also ensu
Training opportunities
A key principle of safe churches is that employees and volunteers are equipped with the knowledge, skills and awareness to keep children and vulnerable people safe through ongoing education and training. Here are some online and workshop based training opportunities: Safe Church Awareness w

Eldership and Church Governance

The Eldership and Church Governance Framework is designed to provide a church leadership with support and resources to meet their governance and leadership responsibilities. The framework is split into three broad categories or governance themes that an eldership must take responsibility for within
Leaders of a Christ-centred community ask the questions: are we relating and leading the way Jesus would and is our church culture honouring God? The four key governance responsibilities of the Eldership in this area cover high level pastoral issues, significant theological issues, conflict and rela
The Eldership is responsible for putting measures in place to ensure that the church is safe for everyone involved and that its legal responsibilities are being met. A safe church will have safe people, places and programs. Safe People and Safe Places Guidance and templates on Safe People a
The eldership is responsible for ensuring the church community is well led. This includes establishment and regular review of the mission and vision of the church, empowering and supporting the Ministry Team Leader, approving the annual budget, understanding the governance role of the eldership as d
Introduction and General Resources
The Eldership and Church Governance Framework is designed to provide a church leadership with support and resources to meet their governance and leadership responsibilities. The framework is split into three broad categories or governance themes that an eldership must take responsibility for within
Christ-centred Community
Leaders of a Christ-centred community ask the questions: are we relating and leading the way Jesus would and is our church culture honouring God? The four key governance responsibilities of the Eldership in this area cover high level pastoral issues, significant theological issues, conflict and rela
Safe and Legal Community
The Eldership is responsible for putting measures in place to ensure that the church is safe for everyone involved and that its legal responsibilities are being met. A safe church will have safe people, places and programs. Safe People and Safe Places Guidance and templates on Safe People a
Well Led Community
The eldership is responsible for ensuring the church community is well led. This includes establishment and regular review of the mission and vision of the church, empowering and supporting the Ministry Team Leader, approving the annual budget, understanding the governance role of the eldership as d

Chaplaincy

Aged care chaplaincy

The Aged Care Chaplains provide a service of holistic pastoral care in each of our 29 residential aged care services in Queensland and Victoria.  During this last year, further progress was made in extending our pastoral care services to clients in the Retirement Living and Community Care services. A significant amount of work was also done in the development of a model of pastoral care that is specifically appropriate for palliative care facilities.

Coffee Chaplaincy

A group of volunteers attend the Mental health Ward at the Nambour General Hospital, the Sunshine Coast University hospital, and the Continuing Care Unit at Mountain Creek every week. They take a coffee machine and serve patients and staff with coffee and care. Through hospitality, listening and just being present, patients and staff feel loved and valued. This team of chaplains have been serving in this way since October 2008 and are warmly welcomed as part of the hospital team.

Housing chaplaincy

Our Housing chaplaincy program also extends to the provision of pastoral care and community development within our affordable housing sites. This provides our tenants with physical, emotional and spiritual support, and opportunity to reach personal and community goals.

Medical Santo

We have partnered with Churches of Christ in Vanuatu and the Government of Vanuatu to improve health care services, by opening Churches of Christ Medical Santo.

Based in the town of Luganville on the island of Espiritu Santo, Medical Santo aims to provide international standard medical services to the local ni-Vanuatu community, expatriate locals, and foreign visitors and tourists.

Medical aid in Vanuatu

We are dedicated to integrating our services in partnership with the local ni-Vanuatu people to provide a supportive organisation, which respects the local community, meets human needs both physical and spiritual, and works for a lasting change in the lives of all those we interact with.

Vanuatu is a developing country in the South Pacific and struggles to maintain and fund health services. Medical Santo is assisting by providing medical volunteers to work, mentor, educate and provide health services and resources.

All funds raised from our fees are put back into the clinic to provide better services to the northern Islands of Vanuatu. Our goal is to raise $100,000 annually to support this mission. These funds will enable a full-time medical practitioner to continue our mission and provide the following services:

  • mobile medical services to local and remote communities
  • support services to the only hospital in the region
  • training and support to medical staff in Vanuatu
  • operating and administering the clinic to provide quality care.

For more information visit the Medical Santo website