Faithfulness in Service Released

Faithfulness in Service, a revised draft national Code for the practice of pastoral ministry by clergy and lay church workers has been released for further public comment following extensive consultations with Australian Anglicans earlier this year.

"We received overwhelming support for a national approach to professional standards in the Church," said Garth Blake S.C., Chair of the Child Protection Committee, commenting on the first round of a broad, consultative process about standards in pastoral ministry. Committee members visited each Metropolitan diocese as well as the regional centres of Hobart, Bendigo, Bathurst and Townsville during August and September.