The White Paper

The White Paper

The White Paper is a report to the 2014 meeting of the NSW/ACT Synod of the Uniting Church in Australia. The paper follows on from the Formation, Education and Discipleship paper presented to the UTC Council and Synod Standing Committee in June 2014.

Reflections with the Uniting Learning Network Gathering, the School of Discipleship, UME staff have led to a strong focus on the equipping of all Uniting Church members as a community of disciples living as gospel people. What does discipleship look like in the Uniting Church in Australia?

This paper goes on to explore principles of life-long learning that can be applied across the Uniting Church in NSW and ACT. The paper includes an overview of the Uniting Learning Network as it has evolved since its establishment in 2013.

Ongoing Synod investment in a Uniting Church learning centre, with creative leadership, is leading to the identification of new learning cohorts (beyond the current focus on ordinands), the development of new learning pathways, the development of new education teams, and the development of further geographical centres for learning.

The paper concludes with a proposal for the establishment of a new college, bringing together the work of UTC, ELM, School of Continuing Education, Institute of Mission, Leadership Institute, and the work of the UME Resourcing Team.


The White Paper August 2014 (16 pages)

UCA Ministerial Education Review 1997 (50 pages)

Theological and Ministry Education Report to 2003 NSW Synod (25 pages)

Review of Leadership, Discipleship, Theological Education and Ministerial Formation, NSW/ACT Synod 2005 (75 pages)

Theological Education Report Synod 2013 (11 pages)

A Summary of Findings – Formation, Education, Discipleship – Craig Mitchell to Assembly Standing Committee 2013 (3 pages)

White Paper Appendices 3, 4 and 5 (Assembly Regulations and Ministerial Education Commission Rules for Ministry of the Word, Ministry of Deacon, Ministry of Lay Preacher, Ministry of Pastor)