VACANT PASTORAL CHARGE – COLAC
Our Town – Colac is a city within the Colac Otway Shire, which has a population of 21,400 persons, 12,000 of who live in Colac (2016 figures). The city is located 160kms. west of Melbourne and within an hour’s commute from Geelong. We are a friendly and close knit community. A very strong agricultural sector surrounds Colac and the city is the main centre for retail, professional, legal and health services, including a recently major upgraded Hospital and Urgent care facility with many social services. It also has large and thriving manufacturing sectors with national leading names such as Bulla Dairy Foods, Australian Kiln Dried Industries (AKD) and Australian Lamb Company (ALC) . Several Primary and Secondary Schools, Kindergarten and Day Care centres are within the City, which offer first class facilities for children’s education. The city hosts three aged care residences, a hospice, a modern Urgent Care Hospital, movie theatre and service clubs. There are a large variety of sporting clubs, boating activities, a lovely Botanic Gardens and a Sport and Rec centre with 50m indoor pool and a gym. There are 14 Christian Churches (some of which are Charismatic) within the City offering a wide range of worship.
Our area – Colac is alongside a freshwater lake in the volcanic area of Victoria’s rich agricultural area of the western district. It is central to Geelong, Ballarat and Warrnambool, and close to coastal resorts Apollo Bay, Lorne and the Shipwreck Coast and the outdoor recreation playground of the Otways. There are daily passenger rail services to and from Melbourne and a double divided highway that makes a day trip to Melbourne possible.
Our church – The church was established in 1977 when the Presbyterian St Andrews Church went to the Uniting Church. A manse and two blocks of land on Armstrong Street were gifted to a small group of members who remained committed to the Presbyterian cause. The current facilities of a modern church and adjoining hall were built in 1982 and continue to serve the congregation. The church boasts a low maintenance highly functional facility.
Our Current Ministry – We are a loving and committed Christian community with around 30 people attending the 10am Sunday service all of whom remain for morning tea. We have a bring and share lunch once a month. We hold a weekly Bible study and there is a PWMU and Ladies Guild. All of this is ably led by a harmonious Session with five elders and an effective Board of Management with seven Managers. We also host a weekly Recreational Indoor Bowls group and a monthly social “Chat and Chew” group with the aim of connecting with people outside of church with the hope of inviting them to come and join our church.
Future Hopes – Scots Presbyterian Church meets a niche ministry in Colac providing solid Bible teaching. Our hope is that we can build on this platform to draw young families and young people together who yearn to grow in Christ. We would like to lift our profile in the community by reaching out and we would love a minister who could help and guide us in this. We would like a minister who is involved in the local community. We are looking for a minister who is at ease with a mature congregation as well as being able to connect with a younger generation. We would like a minister who is committed to pastoral care in homes and places of residential care. Terms of settlement are a full stipend and allowances. Travel allowance, and a manse is supplied if needed. If the manse is not required, a manse allowance would be paid).
If you have interest in this position, please contact by the end of April;
Rev. Ben Johnson. (Interim Moderator)
Phone 0405 546 513
Mrs. Margaret Newton (Selection Committee Secretary)
Phone (03) 5231 2398