UCSA Screening & Authority process
No one should be considered for a voluntary leadership role unless they have been part of the congregation for at least six months. The six month rule allows members of the congregation and the individual to get to know one another. Individuals being considered for leadership/role of responsibility should first be approached privately to ensure they are willing to participate in the screening process.
Selection of leaders should take into account the applicant’s:
• relevant leadership skills and experience
• personal standards and character
• ability to develop appropriate relationships
• maturity in faith
• awareness of and willingness to work within the Uniting Church ethos and code of conduct.
Can you be “too young” to be a leader?
A leader must be 18 years or older if they are to be part of a leadership team with a significant responsibility.
A young person being apprenticed into leadership roles should be at least 15 years of age and only work under the direct supervision of an adult leader.
The Screening and Authority process is an important part of the policies and practices of the Uniting Church SA.
It involves two steps:
- Apply to Synod for the appropriate screenings from the Department of Human Services.
- Be appointed by the Church Council into a role of responsibility after having completed due diligence.
What roles need to use this Screening and Authority process?
It's not only those in designated ministry leadership roles e.g. ministers, leaders of children and youth, pastoral care visitors and Church Council members, but also individuals who have a perceived responsibility in the tasks that they undertake which could include employees and/or volunteers.