Church Governance

CCVT works to assist and support churches in their local governance in a number of ways. These include:
  • Policy and governance documentation preparation that brings expertise and advice that may not be available in each local church; see below for the policies currently recommended by CCVT that churches can use as a basis for their own or adopt as is, as well as an example constitution
  • CCVT resources key leadership positions on a regular basis through communications and training; these positions include ministers, secretaries/administrators, treasurers, risk management officers, youth leaders
  • CCVT recommends the book Rethinking Eldership by Mark Dainton for church eldership groups, this book is available from the CCVT office

Recommended Governance Documents

All leaders working with children and youth (that is, persons under eighteen years of age) are required to have read and abide by the CCVT Duty of Care for Responsible Leadership of Children and Youth.

Download Duty of CareLast updated: June 2012

CCVT's recommended terms and conditions of employment for People in Ministry. A resource for Ministers, Treasurers and others to ensure best practice employment practices.

Last updated: August 2012

General principles that we recommend all communities use as the basis of any employment practices that reflect our Christian values.


Last updated: April 2010

A constitution governs most aspects of a community's structure, organisation, and lines of responsibility and accountability. Therefore it is important to craft a helpful and clear document that will support the work of your community.

Example constitutions are available as a starting point for discussion and development. Please contact the Communities Team for help and advice on setting up a constitution for your community.

Example Constitution—Frankston