Church Council Membership
Our elected Leaders/Elders are:
Chair: Julie Hawkey
Secretary: Trevor Thomas
Treasurer: Rob Jackson
Exec Member: George Manuofetoa
Other Members: Brian Head, David Rowe,
Jeff Randles, Joy Williams, Lynne Rosenthal, Whitehorse Ministry Team.
The Church Council convenes on the
2nd Wednesday of every even month at 7:30 PM.
The 'Executive Committee' of Church Council meets a week prior to the Council meetings / as needed, to primarily determine the agenda and business items / proposals for each Church Council meeting.
The Executive may also act on time critical, urgent, or regulatory matters between council meetings.
The Executive is made up of the council's: Chairperson, Secretary, Treasurer, Executive Member, & up to one of the ministry team.
Congregational Office Bearers
In addition to the Church Council, Whitehorse Congregation annually appoints Congregational Office Bearers to preside at our AGM and our Congregational Meeting(s), as well as representatives to the Presbytery of Yarra Yarra.
Chair: pending new election for 2023
Secretary: pending new election for 2023
Presbytery Representatives 2023 (3): David Rowe, John Craddick & Romesh
Our Venues are: F (Forest), M (Mitch), & N (Nuna)
Faith Development Ministry
This ministry (committee of church council) is overseeing and facilitating faith educational opportunities, such as: seasonal study groups, studies for those new to Christianity or religion, studies for those wishing to explore particular scripture books or topics, etc.
The church council is supported by a new Finance team (committee of church council), primarily consisting of past experienced treasurers, with access to accountants and or other appropriately skilled persons.
Justice And Mission Ministry
The JAM Ministry, committee of church council, was formed prior to the new congregation, as passionate members of all 3 venues met together for sharing this ministry. They oversee matters from social justice and fairness, to our missional opportunities both locally and more broadly.
Two very significant ministries (sub-committees) are: Centre 81 Ministry; and Op Shop Ministry.
JAM is a deliberate typo: officially 'Mission & Justice'
JAMM : Centre 81 Mission
The 'Centre 81 Management' (Sub-Committee) of our JAM Ministry oversees all the planning and daily operation of our outreach drop-in centre, including our FoodBank that assists those in the community struggling to have food for their table. See the Centre 81 page for more details.
JAMM : Kids Hope
Our congregation is blessed to have coordinators and many qualified mentors able to provide this very valuable community support program in one of our local primary schools.
JAMM : Op Shop Mission
The 'Op Shop Management' (Sub-Committee) of our JAM Ministry oversees all the planning and daily operation of our Op Shop. The Op Shop mission exists so that all proceeds may be given to charities.
See the Op Shop page for more details.
This new ministry (committee of church council) oversees the management and delivery of pastoral care, fellowship and hospitality. This complex task continues to evolve as the ministry seeks new, effective and consistent ways to achieve it's goals.
See the Ministry Page for more details.
This ministry, committee of the church council, is intended to better support our existing worship arrangements, including lay leadership.
The ministry is not responsible for any future congregation and council determinations about types of worship, frequency and or location.
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