Attributes: Practically perfect in every way (to quote Mary Poppins).
Well, OK, no one is perfect. However, the 15 points listed on the VicTas website to describe the kind of person the Church looks for in a moderator might suggest a modern-day saint or super being.
As well as being a pastor, proclaimer and prophet, the moderator might have to be a reconciler, healer and advocate.
Obviously they need to be wise, a sense of humour is a definite must, as is a strong sense of the presence of God in the everyday.
It is helpful if they are adept at social media, relate well to young people, are not daunted by the rapidity of cultural change and generational mind shift and nurture their own journey of discipleship.
They will value and promote good governance, be well versed in the consensus decision-making of the Church and continue to nurture the special relationship between synod and the Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congresses in Victoria and Tasmania.
There is no mention of being able to leap tall buildings in a single bound, but there must be days when moderators might wish for super powers – although, as disciples of Christ, they (and we) have access to a real supernatural power.
As proof of that, the Nominating Committee points out that the list has been put together based on the experience of past moderators who have managed to fulfil the role admirably.
Is anyone leaping out at you yet as being able to follow in their footsteps?
If you know of someone you believe has the gifts and graces appropriate to be moderator, please contact your presbytery chairperson, presbytery minister or minister in placement. Do not seek the nominee’s permission – that is the role of the Nominating Committee.
Nominations in writing need to be received by Friday 31 March. To find the 15 points referred to above, as well as the duties of the moderator as expressed in the regulations, and nomination form, please click here. Click on the relevant links in the right-hand column of the page.