Over the past decade, across Queensland, most of the major Christian denominations have undertaken 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 are working collaboratively on various elements of a new governance model which they will present to LCAQD Synod 2019. To the left are some summary documents which describe the process.
'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