Presbytery gathering 15 July 2017 – a brief overview
Theme: Resourcing the movement
Guest Speaker: Rev Jane Fry, Acting General Secretary of Synod NSW.ACT
Presentation: The Pathways Project
- Jane spoke about the 40 year milestone reached since the formation of the Uniting Church and how we need to look ahead to the next 40 years. She spoke of the church living at the edge of hope. She asked how often does our managing the business get in the way of telling the gospel story.
- As a means of focusing on mission, Synod has been developing the Pathways Project to empower mission in its congregations and presbyteries. The focus is on congregations sharing their stories from which we can celebrate and build upon our strengths.
- This project and its sub-project Stepping Stones is being piloted in two NSW presbyteries. To learn more please go to the Pathways link https://nswact.uca.org.au/the-pathways-project where questions are answered and there are helpful links to help us reflect on where we have come from and who we are called to be.
- Pathways Consultation Process – four questions were asked of those at this Presbytery meeting and the responses will be shared via email with all Presbytery members.
Perspective – sharing stories While on the subject of congregations sharing stories, this Presbytery would welcome such stories in its next issues of Perspective for encouragement and to help us build on our strengths as the Pathways project link explains. Provide a paragraph or two with photo/s for the page: Glimpses of Presbytery. Or tell us a longer story – no more than 300 to 600 words – plus photos, high-resolution if possible. Email to firstname.lastname@example.org . The current Perspective is available in your church foyers or can be downloaded here and will give you more on the theme, “resourcing the movement”.
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