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 areas that an eldership must take responsibility for within their church community:
- A Christ-centred community
- A well-led community
- A safe and legal community
The Framework refers to a series of suggested governance documents. Examples, templates and guidelines for these documents are provided in the following sections. Contact [email protected] for word versions of any doucments.
The church governance actions - calendar provides an overview of church governance actions outlined in the Framework and suggested annual rhythms for review of documents and conduct of training.
The Christian Management Australia (CMA) website also contains many resources to support church governance, including:
- CMA essential standards for ministry governance
- CMA self-assessment tool for governance
- Annual training for church boards offered by CMA
The Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission (ACNC), specifically the Manage Your Charity section, also contains many governance resources.
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?
- Change management process
- Conflict management procedure
- Complaints handling procedure
- Defining Mission, Vision and Values Statements
- Procedure for high level pastoral issues
- Process for providing a position on significant theological issues
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.
- Code of Conduct for Ministering Persons - CofCQ
- Code of Conduct for staff, office bearers and volunteers
- Constitution template
- Flowchart: Principles for writing a constitution
- Guidance and templates on Safe People, Places and Programs
- National Principles for Child Safe Organisations
- Record Keeping for Churches
- Recruitment Policy
- Recruitment Procedure
- Remuneration and Employment Policy
- Staff Grievance Policy
The Eldership is also required to oversee any reporting requirements to external entities including Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission (ACNC) and Churches of Christ in Queensland.
Well Led Community
The eldership is responsible for ensuring the church community is well led.
- Advice for church office-bearers
- Board member induction process
- Board review process
- Conflict of Interest - Guidelines for Managing
- Conflict of Interest Policy
- Conflict of Interest - Register of Interests
- Elders and Senior Pastor Relationship Review Guide
- Example Church Financial Practices Guideline
- Ministry Team Leader position description
- Ministry Team Leader decision making authority
- Monthly financial reports
- Procedure for setting and approving annual budgets
- Process for clarifying the type of leader/pastor being sought
- Process for selection of new board members
- Staff review and development process
- Staff review documentation