Canberra Region Presbytery is working with Coast and Mountain congregations to assist these congregations with their need to discern what God may be saying about their future ministry leadership. Following the business meeting, the rest of the day was spent exploring four ministry models as part of this long process. We expect to be using this approach in future work with other parts of the Presbytery.
As preparation prior to the Presbytery meeting, Presbytery reps were invited to re-read the Presbytery vision statement, to be reminded of three marks of the movement and to read the Basis of Union paragraphs 13: Gifts and Ministries -18: The People of God on the Way. (pp 25-29).
Geoff Wellington, Presbytery Minister for Mission and Education, (photographed above with Rev Jang-won Seo) introduced the context and situation of the South and Coast congregations. He then provided, one at a time, a description of the four possible models for discussion; models that may also be useful for other congregations in the Presbytery. The four models are described here.
As a result of the discussion of these models there was a clear indication that we all need to move into the future in cooperative ways. The meeting recognised that changes to the capacities of congregations to pay for full-time ministry leadership makes old models unworkable. Similarly the changing place of the church in our society requires us all to consider different ways of being the church in the different regions of our Presbytery.
Below are more photos, the Presbytery staffing decision and advance notice of the Congregational Expo at our next meeting…
Business meeting decision – staffing: A decision was made about Standing Committee going ahead with employing an additional staff member for the Presbytery office in order that the Presbytery vision and the needs of congregations could be more fully met. This decision was made on the understanding that funds will be available in the near future from our own surplus and a grant from Synod as a result of monies being redirected from Uniting.
Advance notice – Congregational Expo: The final meeting of the year will be held at Greenhills Conference Centre on Saturday 12th November and will be a congregational expo as last year. Check out what it looked like here and please begin to think about what your congregation can do to participate this year.