We listened – and we are still listening.

The OWL website served us faithfully and well throughout the last synodical term (2013–2015) as we dialogued on the topic of women and the call to the office of the public ministry, and as we prepared to vote. At the 2015 General Convention of Synod, the required two-thirds majority that would allow the ordination of women was not reached, but Synod made two resolutions after the vote:

20150216 RESOLVED: That Synod requests the CTICR to build on its earlier work regarding the ordination of women and men to develop a draft doctrinal statement for GPC and the 19th Convention of Synod that presents:

20150217 RESOLVED: that in the light of its teaching that only men be ordained, the church enter a period of careful theological reflection and pastoral work for the next synodical term to assist in maintaining its unity and harmony.

In February 2016, this website was revised in order to serve us again in the next synodical term (2015–2018). Once again we are invited to respectfully listen to each other as we prepare to receive and reflect on the draft statement from the CTICR.

What happens now?


The draft doctrinal statement on ordination, together with a statement why the ordination of women should not be a church-divisive issue, is being considered in church-wide consultations from March to September 2017.

Download the Consultations booklet PDF

The booklet may also be ordered from the LCA National Office – email admin@lca.org.au, phone (08) 8267 7300.

You are invited, along with all members of the LCA and the LCNZ, to join this conversation in person. Members of the CTICR and bishops will be travelling to a number of centres across Australia and New Zealand for these consultation meetings. All members of the LCA and LCNZ are encouraged to come along to listen and contribute, particularly those who are Synod delegates. This is an important conversation for our church, as we continue to grow in serving our Saviour, Jesus Christ.

Click here for consultation dates and venues.

How to participate

When we feel we have been heard by others, we are more able to patiently listen to them. The first place we need to listen to each other is in local conversations. Sometimes however we need to be heard by the wider family of the LCA. If that’s you, then come and join the conversation. You might like to first gain a better understanding of what this conversation is about. We’ve provided some resources to get you started.

This year many of you will also have the opportunity to attend a consultation on the draft statement from the CTICR. Click here for consultation details.


14 of the Best

Fourteen of the best documents published by the LCA on the topic of women and the call to the public ministry.

Questions & Answers (prepared by CTICR)

‘How to plan a local dialogue’

A printable booklet for use in congregations and an on-screen reading version, drawing together the resources from this website:

OWL for Everybody

This is a place for laypeople (and pastors, too) to speak – and be heard.

OWL for Everybody will be re-opened after the consultations have concluded.

Digging a Little Deeper

Here you will be able to add a document, leave a comment or upload another document in reply. Comments and document uploads are subject to the moderator’s endorsement.

Digging a Little Deeper will be re-opened after the consultations have concluded.


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