Members of the Governance Change Project Committee, formed by the District Church Council as approved by the 2018 LCAQD Synod.
Purpose & Vision
Over the past decade, across Queensland, most of the major Christian denominations have undertaken a comprehensive review of their governance structures, as they have sought to strengthen their missionary work as organisations in contemporary Australian culture. This governance review project in our Lutheran Church in Queensland is part of this wider focus amongst the Churches in our state. In 2018 the LCAQD Synod approved District Church Council to develop an implementation plan to move towards a proposed model. A Governance Change Project Committee was subsequently established, with this purpose:
'The Governance Change project exists to build a home for our church of the future that recognises and enables our participation in Christ’s mission of bringing God’s love into everyday life.
In developing contemporary and agile governance, we recognise the maturity and experience of our Lutheran communities and agencies, and the part each plays working side by side in a healthy church.'
Over 40 representatives from all LCAQD agencies worked collaboratively on various elements of a new governance model which were presented to LCAQD Synod 2019. The proposals were accepted with some minor changes by the Synod. To the left are some summary documents which describe the process and the full report presented to Synod.
The governance change project has now moved to matters regarding the interface between governance and management/administration of both the District and the Departments. Focus of the working parties is on collaboration, shared resources, and efficiencies including delegations and authorisations, culture of service, accountability and communications, connecting communities of witness and service and sustainable funding etc. In addition, a review panel has been established to assess the outcomes of the review period and report to Convention of Synod 2020, with recommendations whether to proceed to full implementation.
'The primary goal is to serve God and to serve the people of Queensland through strengthening the way we work together in our modern era as an organised incorporated entity. Within this goal is the commitment to the generations that come after us, to pass on the robust communities of witness and service that we have received from those who went before us.' - Bishop Paul Smith