The Presbytery of Port Phillip East is a Presbytery of the Uniting Church in Australia and its governance responsibilities are prescribed by regulations of the UCA (Click HERE for a copy). The Presbytery however sees its functions extending beyond just the legal responsibilities towards the oversight of congregations and ministry.
The Presbytery considers that there is considerable value in forming and supporting a broader worshipping and serving community from its Uniting Church congregations, schools and agencies within its bounds. Its purpose is to share the work of participating in God’s mission in our context with all whom our individual communities come into contact with.
To this end, the Presbytery has additional responsibilities beyond simply the physical wellbeing of congregations and the placement of ministry agents. It promotes and supports wider ministry and outreach such as for youth and young adults in camping activities focused at the Somers Campsite, Presbytery wide activities such as “Carols on the Green” and other individual events that focus on specific needs of our members and their contact communities.
The Presbytery is organised to include support for cross-cultural and multi-cultural expressions of faith, promoting Christian education and discipleship, ecumenical relations and in strengthening the serving of needs within our communities and individuals.
The Presbytery also exists as a specific gathered community that meets 5 or 6 times a year and is made up of all its ministry agents together with representatives from all its congregations and associated Uniting Church agencies.
It addresses not only the governance issues of being a Presbytery but serves as a place of encouragement, news sharing and stimulation for fresh expressions of faith activity and mission. In many aspects, Presbytery work is delegated to a number of committees and task groups which meet frequently to carry out the work of the Presbytery in their delegated areas.
The Presbytery is also in relationship with its Synod, the Synod of Victoria and Tasmania (Website) which supports the Presbytery with a large array of practical resources and governance support.