Church Council focuses on discerning priorities and direction for the congregation, setting policy, and providing oversight of our detailed management. Council has up to fourteen, and meets a minimum of four times a year. The congregation elects members (other than staff or any filled by secondment). The Council has the normal duties and responsibilities set out in the Uniting Church's regulations, and ultimate responsibility for ensuring the congregation continues to fulfil our obligations as a part of the Uniting Church. At Kippax, however, the Council has delegated many of its responsibilities to other bodies so that the gifts of the entire congregation can be exercised more effectively and the focus of the council can be on discernment of God's calling.
While that sounds very formal (and important!) our Council is made up of people right across the life of the community. Our youngest member is 14 and our oldest is ... a bit older than that. We recently commissioned 5 members of the Council, and celebrated an anniversary in the life of our community. And of course, it included food.