Faithfulness in Service

Code of ConductA national code for personal behaviour and the practice of pastoral ministry by clergy and church workers


Faithfulness In Service 2017 (this document as a pdf)

© The Anglican Church of Australia Trust Corporation 2006-2017

First Edition 2005 – Code as adopted by the Synod of the Anglican Church of Australia in the Diocese of Sydney in October 2004

Second Edition 2006 – Incorporating amendments adopted by the Standing Committee of the Synod of the Diocese of Sydney to September 2006

Third Edition 2007 – Incorporating amendments adopted by the Synod of the Diocese of Sydney to October 2007

Fourth Edition 2012 – Incorporating amendments adopted by the Synod of the Diocese of Sydney to October 2012

Fifth Edition 2014 – Incorporating amendments adopted by the Synod of the Diocese of Sydney to October 2014

Sixth Edition 2017 – Incorporating amendments adopted by the Synod of the Diocese of Sydney to October 2017

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The Director
Professional Standards Unit
Anglican Church Diocese of Sydney
PO Box Q412
QVB Post Office
NSW 1230


glennIt is a great privilege to be involved in Christian ministry as God’s fellow workers, whether as members of the clergy or as laypersons, whether paid or unpaid.  However, such a privilege entails significant responsibilities.  As servants of Christ we are to be above reproach and live lives worthy of our calling.

God has revealed in the Bible not only his plan of salvation, but also how we should live as disciples of Christ.  While we no longer live under the old written code but in the new life of the Spirit (Romans 7:6), we must never allow our freedom in Christ to be a cloak for evil.  Jesus’ parting words to his apostles in Matthew’s Gospel was to ‘make disciples … teaching them all that I have commanded you.’  The law of Christ is summarised as a law of love:  to love God with all our being and to love our neighbour as ourself.

This Code of Conduct attempts to apply the biblical principles of love to the specific areas of the personal behaviour and pastoral ministry practice for members of the clergy and other church workers.

It is a sad reality that not all those who have laboured in Christ’s name have honoured Christ as they should have in their pastoral relationships with other Christians.  Nor have they always protected the vulnerable and defenceless, of whom young children are a prime example.  Shepherds who take advantage of their flock come under Ezekiel’s strong condemnation in the Old Testament and Peter’s censure in the New Testament.

For the honour of Christ and the good of his people, I urge you to study this Code of Conduct carefully and to ask for God’s grace to put it into practice, not as a legalistic set of rules, but as a pattern of living which springs from an obedient heart (Romans 6:17-18).

May God bless you in your ministry and may his Holy Spirit equip you to do his will so that your light might shine before others in order that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven (Matthew 5:16).

Grace and peace
Glenn N Davies
Archbishop of Sydney

Extract from MISSION 2020

Our Vision

To see Christ honoured as Lord and Saviour in every community

Our Mission

We commit ourselves afresh, in prayerful dependence on the Holy Spirit, to glorify God and love our neighbour by proclaiming the Lord Jesus Christ, calling people to repent and living lives worthy of him.

Our Values

Our values flow from our identity in Christ. We are created in God’s image and redeemed by Christ’s blood for the glory of our Heavenly Father.

  • We therefore value and cherish:
  • God’s Word, the Bible, as our ultimate authority and guide
  • The reading and explanation of the Bible as the basic method of our ministry
  • The centrality of the cross of Christ and his resurrection in our proclamation and in our lives
  • Lives of holiness and humility that adorn the gospel
  • Prayerful dependence on the Holy Spirit for power to speak and hearts to change
  • An urgent love for people who, apart from faith in Christ Jesus, face certain condemnation under the righteous judgment of God
  • Selfless flexibility and creativity to reach the many different peoples in our communities with the gospel
  • Partnerships between and among individuals, churches, Anglican schools, diocesan organisations and faithful members of the Anglican Communion
  • Repentant hearts and renewal by God’s grace