At the 2001 General Synod, the Ministry Commission was established with the following functions:
- To examine questions of mission in this church on all matters dealing with the competency of ordained and authorised lay ministry, referred to it by the Primate, the Standing Committee or the General Synod, and to report thereon to the referring party and the Standing Committee; and
- to make recommendations to the Standing Committee on matters of mission and ministry which are of importance to this church.
In May 2015, Standing Committee received a report on the proposed amalgamation on Fresh Expressions Auastralia and Ministry Commission.
Standing Committee resolved to appoint a combined membership to form a new Commission to be known as Mission and Ministry Commission.
Current membership at May 2015
The Right Reverend Dr Stephen Pickard (Chair)
The Reverend Dr Wayne Brighton
Mr Paul Cavanough
The Reverend Mark Charleston
The Reverend Zoe Everingham
Mr Michael Ford
The Right Reverend Ivan Lee
The Right Reverend Alison Taylor
Miss Jane Tooher
The Reverend Richard Trist
Ms Sue Williams
The Reverend Dr Max Wood
The Right Reverend Trevor Edwards (Consultant)
REPORT ON MODELS OF LEADERSHIP AND ORGANISATION IN ANGLICAN CHURCHES IN RURAL AUSTRALIA
The Christian Research Association, in association with NCLS Research, prepared a report to the General Synod addressing the needs of Churches in rural Australia. The report, compiled by Phillip Hughes, Audra Kunciunas, Ruth Powell and Michael Pippett, is titled "Models of Leadership and Organisation in Anglican Churches in Rural Australia".
MINISTRY IN AREAS AFFECTED BY CLIMATE CHANGE
A Task Force appointed by the Standing Committee in February 2008 has reported to the Standing Committee with recommendations on ministry in areas affected by climate change. The Standing Committee has requested Bishops Doug Stephens, Garry Weatherill, Andrew Curnow and Jeffrey Driver to prepare a report on models of Dioceses and Episcopacy that could assist the Anglican Church of Australia in its mission and ministry for the future.
Ministry in Areas Affected by Climate Change Report June 2009
The Fresh Expressions Australia Task Force prepared a report on Pioneer Ministry for the National Bishops meeting in March 2009 which was received by the Standing Committee in June 2009.
Pioneer Ministry June 2009