Pathways – Synod grass roots planning project

Last year at Canberra Region’s July Presbytery meeting we learnt about the NSW.ACT Synod’s Pathways project. The project was being piloted in two NSW Presbyteries prior to the Synod meeting in September 2017 when a report was presented. Since all Presbyteries and Congregations in NSW and ACT will be involved, perhaps now is a good time for us to be reminded of what was in the report. You can find out more or give feedback to Synod at

The Pathways Project is a grass roots planning project that seeks to explore how the mission of God is lived out in Congregations and Presbyteries, and to discover how we [NSW/ACT Synod] can empower, resource and support this mission. Pathways is developing processes that will enable us to listen, value each other and bring to light the exciting possibilities for sharing Christ’s story of love in the world. This will then be mapped out in a long term plan. (The Executive Summary  from the Pathways Project Report to Synod)

Pathways report to Synod 2017

The Pathways team presented at Synod after many months of hundreds of conversations with members of Congregations across two very different Presbyteries about the life of the church and how it is expressed at the grassroots.

  • Read more about the Pathways report to Synod here
  • Read the report in full here
  • Watch the Telling Our Story video here or above

The Pathways process and the pilot Presbyteries. “The process has been warmly received and there has been good engagement across the pilot Presbyteries. The process has evolved to consist of 3 workshops each of about 2 hours’ duration occurring 4-6 weeks apart. The first workshop invites participants to share something of how they see themselves and the church they are a part of. The second workshop feeds back what has been shared alongside what others in their Presbytery have shared. After the second session, information about the congregation and its local community is collected and collated. The third session takes all the information gathered and prompts conversation and planning for the ‘what next?'” Extracted from the Pathways report to Synod available here

Have you got questions, feedback? Go to this link and scroll down to find answers or give feedback. There is also a recent article in Synod’s magazine, Insights called Pathways: Setting a course for the future (1 Feb 2018)  available here.