This is a message from Conference President Doug Walladge regarding arrangements for the State Office staff immediately after Greg Elsdon concludes as State Minister on 31st August.
State Board has asked Mark Riessen to be Acting State Minister from 1st September until a new staff position in State Office is filled. Mark will be supported by Doug Walladge working two days a week.
Please pray for Mark as he juggles the extra responsibility with his current full work load, and Doug as he picks up parts of the load.
Yours in the service of Christ and the Church,
Churches of Christ in SA & NT
REPORT TO MEMBERS ON CONFERENCE REVIEW – No.4 August 2017
Since the last report on the review things have been happening more slowly, but still happening.
It was reported last time that there are three streams to the review. This is the stage where we are active currently.
Prayer Partners are continuing to be contacted once or twice a month with specific requests. These requests focus on the review, but also include other items as appropriate. There are now 61 people from 13 churches registered as Prayer Partners. It is really great to have so many people committed to regularly pray for our churches, and to be praying together via the prayer requests.
Visits to churches are being arranged. A few meetings have been held and some have been arranged, whilst others are still to be negotiated. These meetings with church members are to talk about their dreams and hopes for the future of Churches of Christ. This information will be very important to the review process. I would encourage you to take part in the meeting at your church. The intention is to visit all churches if possible. Those leading the meetings are members of what has been dubbed the Guiding Coalition.
Malcolm May, of Balaklava, is the convenor of the group looking at the financial sustainability of Conference. This group will be looking at different ways to ensure the funding of what we do together.
Thank you for your past involvement in the review and your continued interest. Please feel free to contact me if you would like further information or you would like to offer a comment.
Please find attached a great reflection of friendship with the late Yami Lester written by Blackwood Church of Christ elder, Graham Thomas. Graham not only reflects on his friendship and Yami's life but also on Yami's connections with the Blackwood and Brighton Churches of Christ in SA and his campaign to raise awareness about the effects of nuclear testing in Australia. There is also information about a state funeral to be held for Yami in early August.
Inside this months newsletter:
- Verity Riessen reflects of the 'story of the church' as a student at Tabor
- Announcing incoming Conference President Alan Young
- Latest news from Careworks and GMP
Inside this months Need2Know:
- Carl Milne celebrates State Youth Games held last month
- Magil COC minister Stephen Schmaal reflects on what we 'need to know'
- Magarey Lectures information
- latest news from Careworks and GMP.
On Sunday June 18th, The Pilgrim Uniting Church affirmed Greg Elsdon for the position of 'Minister of the Word'.
Greg recently wrote, "I have accepted a call to the position of Minister of the Word at Pilgrim Uniting Church in Adelaide, commencing in October. Grateful for this opportunity."
We celebrate with Greg on his appointment into a new ministry setting and wish him well as he continues to express his call to serve God's mission in the world. Greg will be concluding as the Interim State Minister for Churches of Christ SA & NT on August 31st 2017.
If you wish to send any messages to Greg via our office please hit the email icon on this app or email email@example.com and your message will be passed on.
Check out Pilgrim Uniting Church's newsletter in the attached PDF announcing Greg's appointment. There is a great biography about Greg on page 5. You can also take a look at Pilgrim's website at the link below.
Chair of the State Board for Churches of Christ in SA & NT, Doug Walladge has released the attached advertisement for the position of Chief Executive Officer. This is an interim position for 2 years full time.
Please circulate and see the attached document for details.
This week is National Reconciliation Week and today is National Sorry Day marking the 20th anniversary of the 'Bringing the home report', highlighting the mistreatment of Aboriginal people.
It's been encouraging to see some of our Churches of Christ in SA promoting reconciliation week events encouraging members to get involved this weekend.
Below you will find a link to National Reconciliation week including resources and events. Find an event near you and join in.
'Let's take the next steps'