The new unit assumes responsibility for all missional-based synod functions, including the Commission for Mission,
the Centre for Theology & Ministry (CTM), administrative support for the Placements Committee, and some Board of Mission and Resourcing (BOMAR) responsibilities.
Dr Byrnes is leaving her role as executive director of CTM to take up the five-year term on 1 September 2017.
“The appointment to this new role is exciting, humbling and daunting,” Dr Byrnes said.
“It is a time in the life of this synod to refresh our vision for resourcing and educating for mission and ministry, in close and coordinated partnership with presbyteries, congregations and individuals.
“I’m looking forward to the challenge of bringing many of our shared hopes for a thriving church to fruition.”
The unit will be asked to focus on the Vision and Mission Principles, and related synod commitments, and is expected to work closely and effectively with presbyteries, and other councils and institutions of the Church.”
The appointment was announced in a whole-of-church statement, which said that a nominating committee had found that Dr Byrnes was the “outstanding” candidate for the role and made that recommendation to the Synod Standing Committee.
“The Synod Standing Committee discerned that Dr Byrnes has the considerable gifts and graces to embody and implement the leadership and change that is being envisaged in the executive officer role, and indeed the life of the unit,” the statement said.
Interim arrangements are being made to undertake Dr Brynes’ responsibilities at CTM during the transition time until she commences at the Mission and Capacity Building Unit.