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September 2015

A person to minister in the Darwin region with its members living or visiting in the area. This is a position that is open to a Minister of the Word, Deacon or Pastor.

The Position Description should be read before applying.
The ability to work within the scope of the ministry as outlined and the skills and abilities required should be addressed in the application.

Applications are to be sent to:
Rev Steve Orme,
NRCC Resource Worker
PO Box 38221
Winnellie NT 0821

Email: steve.orme@ns.uca.org.au

Phone 08 8982 3400 or 0448 070 676

Applications are due by 30th October 2015

Position Title: Darwin Ministry Support Worker
Responsible to: NRCC Executive
Location: Darwin Region including cities of Darwin and Palmerston and shire of Litchfield

This placement is intended to provide support for, and the development of, the ministry in the greater Darwin region of the Northern Regional Council of the Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress.

NRCC is also a Presbytery of the Northern Synod. It is intended that the minister in this position will work with existing ministries in the region, including those of Pilgrim Presbytery of Northern Australia, chaplaincies and lay ministries.

The placement is suitable for a Minister of the Word or Deacon or Pastor.
It could be full time or part time in partnership with another worker.

Details of the Region and NRCC:
The greater Darwin region is the traditional country of the Larrakia people who continue to care for and manage the land as part of the larger community now occupying the region.

The greater Darwin region has a population of over 130,000 people of whom around 9% are Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander.

NRCC congregations are located in Arnhem Land to the east of the Darwin Region and also in West Kimberley Region of Western Australia and in Alice Springs connecting with the APY Lands of Central Australia.

Some members of NRCC have made their home in the Darwin Region. Many visit the Region for varying times and a variety of reasons including Health, Education, Corrections and family connections.

In the past, there has also been Uniting Church ministry with Larrakia people.
NRCC has not had a permanent ministry presence in the Darwin Region for some years and is re-establishing this ministry in partnership with other Uniting Church ministries in the Region.

Outline of the scope of the ministry:
A key aspect of the work will be networking with Uniting Church Congregations at Darwin, Nightcliff, Casuarina, Karama, Palmerston and Humpty Doo, enabling them to establish and grow relationships with indigenous members of the Uniting Church living in their areas, and helping them establish Pastoral Care Teams reaching out to Indigenous people in the local community.

Other aspects of the work:
It is not expected that the minister in this placement would be actively involved in all these areas at one time but that he or she would be able to prioritise the work in consultation with the Darwin Ministry Reference Group.

Pastoral work: Home visiting
Darwin Correctional Centre
Don Dale Youth Correctional Centre
Royal Darwin Hospital
Kormilda College
Marrara Christian College
Long grass dwellers
Bagot Community
Aboriginal Hostels

Worship, Teaching and Preaching:
Leading worship, preaching and celebrating the sacraments,
Leading or facilitating bible study in small groups.
Encouraging worship and study in indigenous languages.

Community connections:
o Networking with service providers for Indigenous people in Darwin region, in particular Larrakia Nation organisations.

o Liaising with Nungalinya College staff, in particular the Dean of students.

o Liaising the NRCC ministers, pastors and congregations in home communities.

Skills and abilities needed for this ministry:
o Understanding the nature and function of the Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress within the Uniting Church in Australia.
o Ability to work sensitively in a cross-cultural context.
o Experience in networking with others in Ministry and working along side and equipping lay people for ministries
o A commitment to the use of Aboriginal languages for first language speakers.
o Conflict resolution and/or mediation skills
o Being a self-starter – capable of planning, initiating and developing work without close supervision; able to set goals and honestly evaluate progress.
o Being able to reflect biblically and theologically within the Australian Indigenous context of this ministry.
o Being able to see oneself as part of a wider team and make appropriate referrals when necessary.

Financial support:
This is a placement within the Northern Synod subject to the terms and conditions determined by the Synod including Stipend rates, Superannuation payments, Vehicle Allowance, Housing Allowance and Leave arrangements.

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