The Victorian Council of Churches is a fellowship of churches which confess the Lord Jesus Christ as God and Saviour according to the Scriptures and seek to fulfil together their common calling to the glory of the one God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
In our 2016-2019 Strategic Plan, this has been shaped our functions:
- We are a ‘peak body’ – representing our member churches to the community and to government. This is a particularly important role in relation to the Emergencies Ministry Program, which could not function if the State government was unable to contract with the VCC for the purposes of the program.
- We are a ‘sacred space' for the member churches. The VCC enables the churches to hold their concerns and conversations in a common space. Our various Commissions provide opportunities for people from the member churches to learn from each other. At our meetings there is space for a sharing of our celebrations and our difficulties. The VCC is also consulted by individual churches on a range of matters from technical questions to finding places of worship for new congregations.
- We seek to be a ‘catalyst’ – a forum in which ideas can be discussed, where one church’s solution to an issue can be received as a response to another’s question.
- We are an ‘advocate’ for social justice in the community and on behalf of the churches with government. Where possible, the VCC provides a means of articulating a Christian response on issues within the community. Indigenous issues, refugees, prisons, poverty and human rights are all issues which have been addressed by the VCC or its commissions over the years.
- We seek to be appropriately ‘governed and resourced’ to ensure that the member churches’ funds are used in ways consistent with the purposes of the Council and with due diligence and accountability.