An annual conference of Anglican bishops in Newcastle has been told the church is even more relevant during times of natural disasters.
The past few months has been described as an 'onslaught of disaster' with the Queensland floods, West Australian fires and New Zealand's double tragedies of the Pike River mine disaster and Christchurch earthquake.
Newcastle Bishop, Brian Farran says in Brisbane, unaffected parishes were critical in providing support to those in the flood zone.
He says the church is playing its part in New Zealand.
"In Christchurch, the Bishop Victoria Matthew's is one of the few women diocesan bishops in the Anglican community," he said.
"She is really an iconic symbol of hope and steadfastness for people because there she is, offering the resources of the parishes that haven't been destroyed as centres of stability for people," he said.
The conference has been told connecting with an 'anxious' modern society and staying in touch with today's issues are the number one challenges for the church.
Bishop Farran says during times of crisis the church plays a critical role but the foundation for that support is built over time.
He says local parishes help in keeping the church connected.
"Australian society is a very anxious society," he said.
"You see that reflected in the volatility of issues that come up that politicians have to deal with.
"So there's trying to connect the church there, trying to understand that."