Presbytery Conference – “Resourcing Mission”
Presbytery met early in September at Portavadie Marina for a conference on “Resourcing Mission”. Rev David Cameron, from Kilmarnock, was our main speaker. The first outcome of the conference is that we will explore the following themes over the next few months:
1. How can Presbytery enable and encourage congregations to work together? By efficient conduct of essential business, we hope to make time for conference-style sessions at every Presbytery meeting. In some cases it may be appropriate to encourage other interested church members to attend. Key areas that could be covered include: outreach to the wider community, training for specific roles, developing youth work, sharing our faith and fellowship ecumenically, co-operation with NHS Highland, Argyll & Bute Council / police / credit unions etc, engaging families, engaging those on the fringes of society, welcoming and hospitality to new residents, developing members to share their faith, learning more of the work of aid agencies, growing your church, pilgrimage, spirituality, prayer, school chaplaincy, creative use of buildings, music worship workshop, equipping presbyters to go back and equip their people / congregations
2. What skills do we have in our congregations which could be shared with other congregations? Suggestions include: pastoral care, youth work, worship planning and leadership, crafts, finance, church law, helping the homeless, messy church, community gardens and orchards, mapping graveyards and putting the map on the internet, how to link with external groups, administrative and office skills, IT skills, story / history telling of local stories, communicating the faith history of your church and community.
3. Encouraging and enabling local events. In addition to conference sessions at Presbytery, there is potential for setting up more local events in which a group of congregations could come together and share training, sharing of skills and experience, and fellowship.