In 2016, more than 870,000 people identified themselves as having an affiliation with the Uniting Church.
The Uniting Church in Australia was formed on June 22, 1977, as a union of three churches: the Congregational Union of Australia, the Methodist Church of Australasia and the Presbyterian Church of Australia. It is the third largest Christian denomination in Australia and the first church to be created in Australia.
How we work together
The local expression of faith. This can look like many different things – from meeting each Sunday in a church building, to café-style churches, groups who worship on Wednesdays rather than Sundays, or who minister across a region rather than a local area. Each Congregation has an elected Church Council to provide governance at a local level.
State-based councils represented by a Moderator and General Secretary. Six synods are responsible for overall support and resourcing of the church in their area.
Regional councils which have oversight of congregations, ministry and programs. Presbytery meetings involve ordained ministers, lay pastors and elected lay persons from every congregation.
The national council of the Uniting Church in Australia, led by both the President and General Secretary. The Assembly promotes the Church’s mission and has responsibility in matters of doctrine and worship, government, and discipline, establishes standards of theological training and the admission of ministers from other Christian traditions. UnitingCare Australia sits as part of the Assembly, as the national body for the community services network. UnitingCare Australia has a mandate to advocate with the Church, to Government and the broader community on policies and practices which enhance the dignity of people, especially our most vulnerable. Together with the Church, we work towards a community in which every person meets their full potential.