With National Child Protection Week held in Australia early this month, Professional Standards Department Manager Tim Ross said it was timely that the LCA/NZ’s General Church Council had recently reviewed the church’s Child Protection Policy.
After successful pilots in the Northern Territory, New South Wales, Queensland and South Australia, the LCA’s Professional Standards Department launched its new training program last month. The format of the program includes a workshop model of blended face-to-face and online delivery. A key feature of this program has been the creation of a short video… Read more
More than 25 Aboriginal pastors, evangelists and church workers from Central Australia have attended the 2016 Docker River ‘Big Course’ to learn about the LCA’s Standards of Ethical Behaviour policy, with some travelling more than 600 kilometres to take part. Held over three days in October, the course was part of the Finke River Mission’s… Read more
In 2015 General Church Council approved the LCA Standards of Ethical Behaviour for use across the Lutheran Church of Australia and Lutheran Church of New Zealand. The concise pamphlet outlines behaviours expected of ‘God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved’. Inspired by Colossians 3:12–14, the Standards cover personal and pastoral life, communication, and financial/administrative matters…. Read more
Mr Tim Ross will be the LCA’s new manager of the Professional Standards Department (PSD). A qualified lawyer who most recently has worked at the Financial Ombudsman Service Australia, Tim succeeds Ms Liz Crawford, who is retiring in early July after more than five years in the role. As a senior case manager with the… Read more
Most publicity surrounding the ongoing Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has focused on the larger churches in Australia, but the LCA ‘is not immune’ from this scourge. That’s the view of LCA Professional Standards Director Liz Crawford, who attended the Safe Church Network of the National Council of Churches biennial conference… Read more
The LCA’s working group on issues relating to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse is relieved to report that so far no subpoenas for church records have been received.