ACC Structure and Governance
Elect ACC officers; Chair, Deputy Chair and Secretary, and National Council. Receive Commission Reports and set policy.
12 members elected by Assembly.
Meets at least 4 times p.a.
Doctrine and Theology
Develop doctrinal and theological resources as required by the Assembly of Confessing Congregations, including responses to doctrinal decisions of the Uniting Church.
Based in Victoria.
Discipleship and Evangelism
Encourage and equip the Assembly of Confessing Congregations to bear witness, in word and deed, to the redeeming work of Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour, by developing bible studies and pastoral resources, etc. Based in SA.
Assist the Assembly of Confessing Congregations to critically reflect upon our culture’s presuppositions in the light of the orthodox, reformed and evangelical faith. Identify social/public issues of importance and produce statements, study resources and discussion papers for ACC Congregations and ACC Groups.
Based in Victoria.
Assist the Assembly of Confessing Congregations to witness to the catholicity of the faith we hold. Encourage ecumenical relationships, and liaise with Australian Churches and with other Australian and international Confessing Movements.
Based in Victoria.
Liaise with migrant/ethnic and indigenous congregations in the Uniting Church. Develop and maintain an environment where indigenous and migrant/ethnic congregations can confidently participate in the life of the ACC. Develop, gather and promote cross-cultural resources that foster the unity of the church and its mission in Jesus Christ. Organize the translation of ACC documents and resources into different languages. Based in Queensland.
Provide the resources of National ACC to confessing congregations, ministry workers and Christians. Develop new ACC congregations. Provide pastoral support and encouragement to congregations and ministering leaders.
Association of Confessing Ministry Workers
Provide a strong sense of identity, a renewed sense of belonging, and a position of integrity, in which members can publicly confess their faith within the Uniting Church whilst rejecting the liberalism, relativism and secularism which has infiltrated the Uniting Church. (In process of formation)
National Prayer Network
Call and encourage the ACC to be a people of prayer and fasting. Provide prayer support for individuals, congregations, networks, commissions, the national council and the mission of the church as a whole.
Staff: National Director
Board of Communication
Take responsibility for facilitating and communicating the work of the National Assembly, National Council and Commissions within ACC congregations, and in relation to the UCA, other Churches and the public media. Establish and maintain the ACC web-site. Publish and distribute the ACC Newsletter and Magazine.
Board of Management
Take responsibility for administrative, financial and legal matters. Reports to the National Council and Assembly.
Robert Iles Memorial Trust
George Robert Iles (1949-2009) was a pastor, theologian and apologetic, passionate about Jesus. Born in Fremantle, Western Australia, he grew up with a love for the ocean and a thirst for travel, body building, sport, music and life itself. He was influenced early on by the radio ministry of Herbert W. Armstrong and felt a call to ministry in his mid-twenties when he discovered that God was ‘for' him and not a distant, authoritative God. He moved to Adelaide to study at Parkin Wesley Theological College, met his best friend Murray Earl and his future wife, Janis. After graduation, George embarked on six years in his first parish at Waikerie Uniting Church, where his daughter Susannah died and his other two children were born. After this, his lifelong love of study took him and his family to the United States to complete a Masters at Fuller Seminary where he pastored at Knox Presbyterian church as well. During this time he decided to become known by Robert, his middle name. He returned to Adelaide where he ministered in the Uniting Church at Tusmore Memorial 8 years, Golden Grove 13 years and Walkerville 2 years. In 1994 he completed his Doctor of Philosophy through Kensington University; his dissertation being ‘A Study of Key Writings of Soren Kierkegaard and Their Relationship to Sartrean Existentialism'. He was a voracious reader of all things theological, fiction, books on submarines and latterly health. His work as a pastor was something to which he was dedicated and he was much loved by his own and church families. He was strong on the authority of scripture and while never seeking the limelight, he was fearless in providing orthodox leadership in doctrine and theology and promoting the relevance of God's word to emerging social issues of the day.