2022-2023 Annual Renewal Form
This credential is generally sought by Senior Pastors, Ministers and those who need to have the highest level of covering and responsibility. You will be registered with the Commonwealth, State and Territory’s Attorneys General, receiving the authority to authorise or solemnise marriages under the Marriage Act on behalf of the Full Gospel Churches of Australia. This credential helps with access to hospitals, prisons, and other government or semi-government institutions.
A numbered credential card with a photo of the credential holder with an expiry date is issued, providing secure identification which is validated yearly.
This credential is suitable for those who do not wish or need to be registered with the Attorneys General to solemnise marriages. This credential helps with access to hospitals, prisons, and other government or semi government institutions. A numbered credential card with a photo of the credential holder and an expiry date is issued, providing secure identification which is validated yearly.
This credential is suitable for those who work within or out of a local church or ministry, under direct pastoral oversight and who are integral to the function and ministry of the church but are not identified as either a senior or associate pastor. This credential helps with access to hospitals, prisons, some emergency services and other government or semi government institutions. A numbered credential card with a photo of the credential holder and an expiry date is issued, providing secure identification which is validated yearly.
The Ministry Leader credential card can be titled with varying headings, such as: “Youth Worker,” “Local Minister,” “Local Area Pastor,” “Children’s Mini stry Leader,” or whatever the local church or ministry needs. The local senior pastor’s approval is needed for this credential. Each church or ministry may have as many Ministry Leaders as they need.
Ministerial Code of Conduct⇐ Please click this link to download your copy of the Code of Conduct Form. All Full Gospel ministers and credential holders 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 that upholds the principles and intentions of godly Christian character. This Code of Conduct must be read, understood, signed and adhered to by each person who holds a Full Gospel Australia credential. Full Gospel Australia keeps a copy of each credential holder’s signed Code of Conduct form in a secure system.
Full Gospel Australia strongly advocates the right of everyone, especially vulnerable people and children, to be safe. Our Child Protection Policy outlines our policies and procedures for keeping children and vulnerable people safe within FGA and should be read in conjunction with our Code of Conduct, and the Child Protection Policies and the applicable Code of Conduct held and published by any of our local FGA partner pastors, leaders, churches or ministries.
FGA Marriage Manual ⇐ Please click this link to download your latest updated copy of the Full Gospel Australia Marriage Manual.
Marriage Celebrant’s Assessment. This tool will assess your understanding of the Marriage Manual. You need 100% correct answers to pass this assessment.
FGA Marriage Rites – A resource for Ministers
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 appropriate State/Territory jurisdictions.
Statement of Faith
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