Code of Conduct Form
Ministerial Code of Conduct⇐ Please click this link to download your copy of the Code of Conduct Form. All Full Gospel ministers and chaplains have a duty of care towards the people in their care, their families, the general community and the Lord to think, speak and act in a way which upholds the principles and intentions of godly Christian character. This Code of Conduct must be read, understood and adhered to by each person who holds a Full Gospel Australia credential.
FGA Marriage Manual April_2019 ⇐ Please click this link to download your latest updated copy of the Full Gospel Australia Marriage Manual.
Performing marriage ceremonies for people in your community is a privilege, and gives you an opportunity to be involved in people’s lives in a meaningful and prolonged way. It is also a duty which carries quite a responsibility and should not be undertaken lightly, nor with a cavalier attitude. The Commonwealth and State governments require all marriage services, paperwork and other responsibilities to be undertaken in a timely and circumspect manner, with dignity and the respect it deserves.
As a representative of God and with the authority of the Full Gospel Churches of Australia and the Commonwealth of Australia, each ordained minister is to carry out the responsibilities of conducting marriage ceremonies with all care, respect and love. It is the minister’s responsibility to know the law (Marriage Act) and to act entirely within it.
This Marriage Manual is supplied for your benefit and is kept updated by Full Gospel Australia. However, it is each ordained minister’s responsibility to ensure you have the latest copy of this manual, and to check with your State’s department of Births, Deaths and Marriages to ensure your procedures are up-to-date and of the highest quality.
Please Note: The Forms for ‘Notice of Intended Marriage’ and Marriage Certificates have changed since 9 December 2017. Celebrants must use the new forms which can be downloaded from the Attorney General website in their state.
Please Note: Since the change in Australian law on 9th December 2017 sex or gender no longer affects the right to marry under Australian law: same-sex marriage became legal in Australia.
This Act amended the Marriage Act 1961 to redefine marriage as ‘the union of 2 people to the exclusion of all others, voluntarily entered into for life…’ This change means that it is now legal for couples of the same sex to be married. It does not and cannot mean to insist that all marriage celebrants must perform marriage ceremonies for couples who are of the same sex.
A ‘religious celebrant’ ordained by the Full Gospel Churches of Australia is required to (and can only) marry couples under the auspices and rites of the Full Gospel Churches of Australia. We define marriage according to the traditional conservative Christian view that “…marriage is the union of a man and a woman to the exclusion of all others…” This means that it is not lawful for any Ordained Minister with the Full Gospel Churches of Australia to solemnise a marriage of any couple who do not conform to this definition.
Full Gospel Australia affirms God’s love, care and concern for all people, whoever they are. We affirm our desire for all people to come to eternal life through Jesus Christ and our love for all people, with no regard for their background or circumstances. We also affirm our intention to minister without prejudice to all who are within our spheres of influence. We act responsibly within the laws of the Commonwealth of Australia and our differing State jurisdictions.
If you have a desire to join with us, please see our Joining Page where we briefly outline the different types of credential we issue, our stance on women in ministry, as well as other information. Click here to see our Statement of Faith which describes the things we all agree on, believe and affirm.
A Note on Gender
Full Gospel Australia does not, has never and never will discriminate on the basis of gender. We believe that God calls both women and men to ministry and both genders are equal before the Lord. We believe gender is important to God, He created both male and female (Genesis 1:27) and they are both created “in His image.” Paul teaches that women and men are equal before God. In fact, we are all called “Abraham’s seed” Galatians 3:26-29. It is Full Gospel Australia’s culture to select on the basis other qualifying factors, regardless of gender.
A large number of our credentialed ministers are women, who serve in many different roles and responsibilities in churches and ministries, including small, medium and large organisations. The Chair-person of our National board is a woman. Other women are members of our National Leadership Team. Full Gospel Australia welcomes applications for a credential from both genders equally.
A Note on the Protection of Children
and Vulnerable Persons
Full Gospel Australia only grants credentials to people who are in possession of a Working With Children authority issued by their State or Territory government. We also require each church and ministry to have in place and enacted a Children’s Protection Policy. We have a zero tolerance towards any actions which could bring harm to children and other vulnerable people. We place our trust in the various State and Territory governments to implement and maintain a robust working with children checking system.
In addition to our reliance on the governmental systems, we also have placed our own checks and balances to help ensure children and vulnerable people can be and feel safe within the Full Gospel Australia environment. These checks and balances include but are not limited to:
- All credential holders must possess a valid Working with Children authority from their State or Territory government
- All credential holders must sign and adhere to our Code of Conduct which is freely available on this website
- All credential holders must operate under the direct oversight of their own board/committee/responsible persons who also sign and adhere to our Code of Conduct (2 of the team must sign)
- All credential holders must operate under the direct oversight of their own board/committee/responsible persons which has adopted and enacted a Children’s Protection Policy within their organisation
- All credential holders report annually to Full Gospel Australia through our Annual Renewal System
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