Representatives from congregations met on 15 February at Port Macquarie for worship, teaching, discussions, receiving reports and making decisions. That may sound dull, but it was anything but!
Glen Powell and Raymond Joso from UME talked about the role and direction of UME, and how they can help us. Of particular note:
Rev John Thornton, Presbytery Chairperson, reported on progress on the Strategic Plan, which proposes ministry teams serving five ministry zones with a major centre as the core. Implementation will need strong ownership of congregations within the respective cores and presbytery representatives were reminded of their responsibility in reporting back to their congregations.
At the end of 2018 there were three ministry agents within 3 clusters. By Easter 2020 there will be eight ministry agents across our five clusters. This is very encouraging progress, with further steps requiring more discussions and growing ownership from congregations within each cluster.
The November 2019 Presbytery Meeting approved creation of this position, to focus on Strategic Plan implementation, on governance needs, and to assist the PRC with their enormous workload.
This meeting was advised that the Joint Nominating Committee and the Pastoral Relations Committee recommended the appointment of Rev Cherie Strudwick. Presbytery unanimously supported that recommendation.
Stay tuned for details of the date for her induction service.
A time of connection, reflection and renewal
17-19 September 2020 at Stuarts Point
All members of the Uniting Church in the Mid North Coast Presbytery are encouraged to attend.
Ministers of the Word, Pastors, Lay Preachers, Lay Presiders, Worship Leaders, Elders, Church Councillors and Presbytery representatives are strongly encouraged to attend.
There will be time to connect and share in groups and also time for individual reflection.
Registration forms will be available by the end of June.
Eleven reports and the correspondence list were received.
Approval was given to the appointment of four new board members to LifeLine North Coast and LifeLine Mid Coast.