Rev Graeme Harrison said that even though the Board of Mission and Resourcing (BOMAR) might sound bureaucratic he had found it a joy.
That is because in finding and allocating resources to do the mission of the Uniting Church the body had “made a difference in the lives of people”.
On Monday afternoon Synod 2017 adopted a minute of appreciation for Mr Harrison who is preparing to stand down from his role as BOMAR chair, a position he has held since June 2016.
Proposing the minute of appreciation former moderator Dan Wootton said Mr Harrison had a “huge heart” for developing the resources to fund the work of the church.
Mr Harrison mantra had been “mission, mission, mission”.
“He has helped the Synod by a lot,” Mr Wootton said.
After a sustained round of applause Mr Harrison spoke and said he was quite touched by the length of the ovation, especially considering how long and tiring the day had been.
Mr Harrison said the way of Christ really does make a difference in the world and in resourcing mission he had been “privileged to be part of that”.
He encouraged members to see that the life of Christ is at work in Synod, its operations and councils.
Mr Harrison also made mention of synod staff he had worked with and said the minute of appreciation should also include them.