Ethical Ministry Half-day Refresher Program – Resource for Presbyteries


As part of the mandatory requirements of the NSW & ACT Synod for ministers to have ongoing training, participation in two half-day refreshers for Ethical Ministry are expected each year.

Participants are required to have read and considered the case studies provided in the workbook available for download, below. Each participant is then to prepare a one -page reflection sheet on one of these case studies of his/her choosing. When the group meets, participants are invited to share their reflections and discuss issues that arise.

Facilitators are to select 2-3 case studies for discussion during the session.

  • There will be ‘paired discussions’ and group discussions concerning the implications of each case study.
  • Please bring a copy of the UCA Code of Ethics and Ministry Practice with you as this is the basis from which informed discussions will develop.


Resource Books for Download:

The Synod’s approved resource books for facilitators and participants to use during both of this year’s the half-day refresher sessions (i.e. 2017A:- Bullying Behaviour & 2017B:- Online Communication: Social Media and E-mail) are available for download below.

2017A:- Bullying Behaviour –


2017A Ethical Ministry Refresher: Resource Book (including Case Studies & Readings) for Facilitators and Participants | PDF 60 pages | 4.89 MB













2017B:- Online Communication: Social Media and Email –


2017B Ethical Ministry Refresher Resource Book – Program & Process Information | PDF 16 pages | 372 KB |


2017B Ethical Ministry Refresher Resource Book – Case Studies & Readings for Online Communication | PDF 28 pages | 459 KB |


Links to UCA National Assembly Code of Ethics/Conduct:

Code of Ethics and Ministry Practice

Code of Conduct for Lay Leaders

These documents are also available for download respectively from the: ‘Regulations’ and the ‘Policies’ tabs of the Regulations & Policies page of the Assembly’s website:


Submission of Case Studies:

With thanks to those who made available their case studies on this year’s topics of: Bullying Behaviour, and Online Communication, UME is no longer seeking case studies for inclusion in the resource materials.

Watch this space and our regular communication channels for information on submission deadlines for topics to be covered in 2018, when known.


Dates for Ethical Ministry Refreshers in your Presbytery

Please consult with your presbytery office.  UME is also compiling a list of the known dates of refreshers in the various presbyteries which is available by clicking on the link provided below: