Mission Shaped Ministry taster workshop

One day workshop ‘taste test’

Canberra workshop 2 December 10am-3.30pm at St Columba’s Uniting Church Braddon ACT

Uniting Mission & Education are running Saturday one-day workshops to  begin an exploration of ‘mission shaped ministry’ or ‘being church’ in ways that will support the mission context we find ourselves in today. Mission Shaped Ministry introduction days will explore these ideas through teaching, story, and reflection and ask how we may all — individually and collectively — understand and equip ourselves to discover and participate in the mission of Jesus Christ where we live and work, for the sake of the world.

Canberra Region Presbytery will hold one of these workshops in Canberra, on 2 December at St Columba’s Uniting Church 10 Fawkner St Braddon. Please RSVP office@cruc.org.au by 26 November or contact Geoff Wellington  geoff@cruc.org.au 6248 9311 M 0400 831 445 for more details.

Who should attend?
This day is ideal for individuals or groups who are interested in learning about and participating in mission, and also for leadership teams with responsibility for fostering discipleship and shaping church engagement with the community.

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Synod Healthy Churches EXPO is back In 2017!

The one-day workshop will be held at Centre for Ministry, 16 Masons Drive, North Parramatta on Saturday 4 November 9 am to 4.30pm. It is a one-day workshop which offers over 20 Healthy Churches Learning Workshops to choose from – cost $20 includes lunch.

It is designed to assist congregation and church members, and churches (large or small), with a broad range of learning workshops providing information, tools and resources to maintain and improve their “church health”. REGISTER NOW

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Six Day Leadership Intensive – Sydney

“It is a very important time for leadership development in our church across the whole community.  Please take the time to encourage someone you know to attend the next Leadership Intensive, building hope and capacity to deal with the challenges we face.” Peter and Sue Kaldor

Peter and Sue Kaldor, members of the Uniting Mission and Education (UME) Resourcing Team,  NSW/ACT Synod of the Uniting Church in Australia run leadership workshops, provide coaching and supervision for Uniting Church leaders, and work collaboratively with others to develop Uniting Church capacity for leadership development. They now invite us to:

Change the Way You Lead:  Civic Leadership Course

Autumn 2017: 9-10 March, 30-31 March, 4-5 May

This 6 day leadership course is the result of a creative partnership in 2015 – 2016 between  New River Leadership and the Uniting Church, joined by Uniting and United Voice and some individuals from other organisations to run a pilot 6 day program based on many years of previous experience running such programs. Participant feedback was very positive demonstrating the possibilities of diverse group learning and building trust together.

Course Registration Link

Course Brochure Link (PDF, 1.04MB)        Course Website Link

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Social Justice Advocacy Package

seeds of hopePart of the role of the Social Justice Forum (SJF) is to encourage and support Uniting Church individuals, congregations and other groups as they respond to social  and environmental issues.

For some time the SJF has been working with Uniting Mission and Education and others to develop an advocacy training package. This material is now ready to be used and is available from the Seeds of Hope website. This website was set up jointly by UME and Uniting to resource and encourage churches in different aspects of their mission and community engagement.  http://www.seedsofhope.org.au/advocacy/

The material has four sessions which includes the biblical and theological foundations for advocacy in the Uniting Church, a theoretical framework to guide planning for advocacy and some practical tools to apply that planning to the issues people care about. The package is designed to be used flexibly, you can use all of it, one session or just parts you choose. The advocacy training material is provided under a creative commons arrangement so people are free to adapt the material for their particular needs and uses, as long as people acknowledge the original material and indicate any changes made. Material cannot be used for profit purposes.

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Educational opportunities – Riverina Presbytery

The Riverina Presbytery is hosting three workshops over 3 days.

gospel of luke

Preaching & Teaching The Gospel of Luke.
This one day workshop will be held twice and will focus on exploring the Gospel of Luke, it’s culture, themes and importance for us today. This workshop is open for anyone who is interested in learning more about the Gospel of Luke but will be of great interest to anyone preparing to preach as it will be the Gospel for next year’s lectionary.
Dates:
September 17, Cootamundra Uniting Church (download brochure)
September 18, Narrandera Uniting Church (download brochure)

The Small Church At Large, participating in God’s mission in our neighbourhood.
This one day workshop will help participants start to think about how their church can engage with the people in their community. We will think about possible futures for the church and explore opportunities for mission within our community.
Date:
September 19, Narrandera Uniting Church (download brochure)

Presenters are Rev Lindsay Cullen, Rev John Squires and Rev Elizabeth Raine who are in regional rural ministry roles in the Mid North Coast Presbytery of the Uniting Church in Australia. Lindsay previously served with the Uniting Mission Education team of the NSW and ACT Synod and regularly presented Lay Preacher Training workshops within the Riverina. Elizabeth and John both minister in Wauchope, blog as TheRural Reverend and have a passion for educating people in the culture and writings of the Gospels.

To register or for more information please contact Darren Wright on digitalorthodoxy[at]gmail.com.