This week one of our four Synod Area Pastoral Committees met in the Central Area. The 10-strong committee wrestled with all manner of concerns involving the very varied mission situations of our congregations in the Central Area. One of the strengths of the committee is the way in which many forms of ministry are present and contribute different perspectives about how we can best support our congregations in their worship and witness. These ministries include those in local Church leadership, those involved in fostering ecumenical relationships, NSMs (Non Stipendiary Ministers), Church Related Community Work ministry, Lay Preachers, those with finance hats, and Stipendiary Ministers, and more. We are blessed in our common life with those who are willing to serve our wider partnership in the Gospel and bring these many different outlooks to shape the support we offer to one another.
Please pray for:
- the work of our four Synod Area Pastoral Committees as they seek to facilitate the support we can offer across all our congregations in mission and ministry
- the Area and Synod Pastoral Committees as they participate in shaping the work of missional discipleship and Missional Partnerships across the Synod following the work of our recent Synod Meeting
- the continuing development of all the gifts of God’s People through many different ministries so that “From Christ the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.” (Ephesians 4:16)