Moreton Rivers Presbytery is one of 8 Presbyteries within the Queensland Synod of the Uniting Church in Australia. Our role is to strengthen the ministry & mission of the UCA in Brisbane & northern surrounds.
With a prominence of suburban churches and a hint of rural lifestyle the Moreton Rivers Presbytery (MRP) encompasses 40 congregations, 2 faith communities and a number of non-congregational placements.
MRP cares for Uniting Churches from Brisbane’s southern river suburbs and CBD to Brisbane’s northern suburbs extending as far north as Caboolture, Bribie Island and Kilcoy.
MRP has been a member of the Queensland Community Alliance since 2013.
We acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land, of Elders past and present on whose land we live and work.
Rev Linda Hanson - CHAIR
Glenn Stevenson - SECRETARY
Jenelle Hansford - TREASURER
At the current time, the Moreton Rivers Presbytery has the following Committees:
- Standing Committee
- Resourcing Committee
- Education and Equipping Committee
- Pastoral Relations Committee
Each of these Committees meets at regular intervals during the year. These Committees deal with most of the business of the Presbytery and bring recommendations and motions to the full Presbytery Meetings.
Committees meet on dates nominated by the Chairperson of that committee. They work through the details of business, deal with any correspondence, and prepare reports & recommendations for the presbytery meetings. Committees may need to hold extraordinary (special) meetings should urgent matters for immediate attention arise. Committees have the right to act on behalf of the Presbytery, if the business cannot wait for scheduled Presbytery Meetings.
Task Groups are sometimes formed and these groups meet on dates nominated by their convenor and may also call special meetings of their groups if necessary to meet emergent situations.
Generally speaking, the main responsibility of Presbyteries are to nurture and exercise pastoral oversight of the congregations in its area, including:
- the provision of assistance to stimulate congregations for the mission of the Church;
- the care and nurture of Ministers and other agents in specified ministries in its area
- providing administrative assistance to congregations through endorsing or approving property and financial proposals.
Fire Evacuation Procedures
Please read the below documentation if you are:
- hiring out the Training Room, Board Room or downstairs room at the Moreton Rivers Presbytery Office
- hiring the Church Hall or attend the Ashgrove Dance Studio
All Ministers, Youth Workers, Pastors and Ministers in Association in placement are voting members of the Presbytery, as are those in special placements in the Synod.
The Presbytery Chairperson is elected by Presbytery Members and needs to be a confirmed member of the Uniting Church in Australia.
Retired Ministers who come under the care of the Presbytery, may receive minutes of the Presbytery Meetings but not the Agendas.
Lay Representatives are members through appointment by their congregations. Members in these categories, except for retired Ministers, are required to attend all Presbytery Meetings.
All members are encouraged to participate in the work of the Presbytery through being on a committee or task group.
Rev Mark Cornford - Presbytery Minster
Rev Annelisifa (Fa) Matangi - Youth and Children's Ministry Co-ordinator
Pastor Tim Bennett - Mission Development Officer (inner ring)
Kathy Wright - Office Administration (Office Manager)
Office Phone: (07) 3366 0236
Mia Blake - Office Administration (Mission)
Office Phone: (07) 3366 0236
Period of Discerment Co-ordinator
Graham Atherton - Grounds/Maintenance
The Standing Committee meets around 7 times a year to discuss matters arising within the Presbytery. It requires attending the Standing Committee meetings (which are currently on a Tuesday from 10am to midday or 1pm-3pm) Time commitment would be approximately 3 hours on the months that the Standing Committee meets and includes: attending meetings, reading the minutes, attending to any jobs given to you at the meeting, preparing a report etc.
Under our current governance system, the Presbytery in session elects the Chairperson of Presbytery, the Convenors of all Presbytery Committees (3 Committees at present), and the Presbytery Secretary, Treasurer and Property Officer. The Presbytery in session also calls the Presbytery Minister.
These elected people (together with 2 elected lay representatives) form the Standing Committee, which then has responsibility and empowerment to oversee the selection process for membership of Presbytery committees.
Chairperson: Rev Linda Hanson email@example.com
Pastoral Relations Committee:
The Pastoral Relations Committee (PRC) provides a pastoral and oversight role within the life of the Presbytery. PRC meets monthly and includes a team of ministry agents and lay representatives. Among other things PRC is involved with overseeing relations between ministry agents and congregations and is also involved in the placements process of ministry agents.
Chairperson: Rev Heather Allison firstname.lastname@example.org
Educating & Equipping Committee:
The Educating and Equipping Committee provides support and oversight for the education and youth and children’s ministry within the life of the presbytery. This team, along with each of the committees, is involved in helping the Presbytery live out it’s vision of encouraging and equipping God’s people for God’s mission.
Chairperson: Dr Shirley Coulson email@example.com
The Resourcing Committee of the Moreton Rivers Presbytery is responsible for the governance of our collective financial and property assets. We are charged with the support function for congregations in their building and maintenance works for church buildings, both worship centres, halls and manses, and other property assets held for the use of the congregations within the Presbytery. We are also the group that help set the Mission and Service Fund allocations for each Congregation, receive copies of audited statements from each congregation and support congregations in their use of capital funds and borrowings.
Chairperson: VACANT firstname.lastname@example.org
Resourcing Committee Nominations:
There are currently positions available on the Presbytery Resourcing Committee. The Resourcing Committee is currently seeking a Resourcing Chairperson and Property Convenor to join the team.
- Property Convenor responsibilities can be found here: Property convenor role description
If you are interested in nominating for one of these positions or you have someone in mind – please fill out a nomination form (see link below) and return to Mr Alan McLennan (email to the email@example.com email address.)