At the NCCA
Act for Peace (Christian World Service)
The largest Commission of the NCCA is Christian World Service, headed by the Executive Director. Christian World Service trades as Act for Peace. It operates as an NGO in the overseas aid sector on behalf of member Churches. Units within CWS are International Programmes, Refugees and Displaced People and Education & Communication. The main source of funds for the work of Act for Peace is the Christmas Bowl, which has been operating in Australia since 1948 in Victoria.
The National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Ecumenical Commission works ecumenically among Australian churches and wider society to advance indigenous rights and help the Churches understand the implications of their history and their current policies and actions. It has a staff of two, headed by the Executive Secretary. With the NATSIEC’s guidance, the churches are working together for a fair deal for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians, and for the healing of our nation.
The NCCA's Faith and Unity Commission is based in Melbourne, and operates on a small budget with a small allocation of paid staff time. Much of the work is done by theologians from the Churches who act in a voluntary capacity.
The Safe Church Network has the mandate of providing leadership to Australian Churches in the area of Holistic Safe Church Ministry. Safe Church Ministry has as its aim - God honouring, abuse free, harm free, person valuing and respectful ministry. It helps resource churches with both prevention and response strategies in this complex area.
In 2004, 2005, 2007, 2009 and again this year in 2011, national conferences were / continue to be held and attended by Church workers in the area of Safe Church Ministry. These are known as "Safe as Churches?". The Safe Church Training Agreement was initiated following the 2005 consultation. It is a way in which the Churches are able to provide a high standard of training programs and presenters, that are recognised across the Churches.
In 2006, the NCCA committed itself to establishing a Australian desk of the Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel (EAPPI). The EAPPI is a program of the World Council of Churches (WCC). The EAPPI seeks to support local and international efforts to end the Israeli occupation and bring a resolution to the Israeli-Paestinian conflict with a just peace, based on international law and relevant United Nations resolutions. We are looking for volunteers to become Ecumenical Accompaniers in Israel & Palestine.
In 2006 the NCCA established a working group to explore a new project that was eventually called 'Growing Churches in the Australian Context'. The goal is to bring Australian Churches together for a special consultation on mission. Mission work has a long history in the Churches. Read about the history of mission work in the NCCA.
As a network, the SJN operates to bring Churches together on common social justice issues, and draft material for the Council as a whole. The Network operates with support of the Churches on an entirely voluntary basis.
The NCCA is a founding partner in the Australian National Dialogue of Christians, Muslims and Jews (ANDCMJ). The Dialogue was officially 'launched' in March 2003 after 12 months of formal preparation, which was preceded by informal contact and discussions between the NCCA, AFIC (Australian Federation of Islamic Councils) and ECAJ (Executive Council of Australian Jewry).
The Gender Commission was formed in 2002 out of the former network on women's issues. The Commission operates with the support of the Churches on an entirely voluntary basis.
The NCCA is committed to the involvement of youth ecumenically in all of our programs and activities. It is important for the Christian community that the work of the whole Council is 'youth friendly'. Since late 2007 there has not been a specific Youth Network. The member Churches of the Council made a commitment at that time to ensure that Youth are always a part of the work that we do, including young members on the wide range of committees, commissions, networks and working groups that continue to do the work of the Council.