Change in ACCESS

ACCESS ministries recently announced the resignation of CEO Rev Canon Dr Evonne Paddison, who headed up the organisation for more than eight years.

Dawn Penney, who has filled a number of roles with the interdenominational supported organisation for more than seven years, has been appointed acting CEO.

Commenting in The Age late last month, Ms Penney signalled moves to encourage a more collaborative relationship with the organisation’s member Christian denominations.

Ms Penney also said ACCESS would seek additional feedback from religious instruction supervisors.

“We get it (feedback) now but it’s not in a structured way,” she said. “And we see that as a positive move forward.”

Ms Penney also signalled moves to equip volunteer instructors of religious instruction with additional accreditation and training offered through a partnership with the Australian College of Ministries.

The Uniting Church has previously raised concerns regarding Christian Religious Education curriculum material, as well as the training and support provided to volunteer instructors.

The synod’s Christian Religious Education Task Group will report findings and present recommendations to the September Synod meeting.

ACCESS ministries is an interdenominational organisation supported by 12 Christian Churches, including the Anglican Church, Australian Christian Churches, Baptist Union, Christian Community Churches of Vic, Christian Reformed Churches, Churches of Christ in Australia, CRC International, Lutheran Church, Presbyterian Church, Salvation Army, Uniting Church, Wesleyan Methodist Church.

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