Greetings to you all in Jesus' name! It's great that 'Stirring' now goes out to 458 email address - if this is your first time welcome aboard! If it's not displaying nicely be sure and click the button that promises an improvement!
Through 'Stirring' I can share stories of the wonderful ways God is at work in our Diocese, put the mission of God on the agenda and resource our thinking and practice around the topic of regeneration and mission.
For those interesting in undertaking formal study of God's Mission we have a wonderful opportunity to do a degree level course on this subject through Carey Baptist College. See separate article to find out more.
The Kaiapoi MIR went very well last weekend with Vicar Sandy Constable reporting she felt it was 'energising' but also stretching and challenging. About 20 people were present for the report back and there was a great sense of shared commitment to the growth of the parish.
I continue to encourage clergy and lay leaders to begin thinking about who they should invite to this year's Leading your Church into Growth conference from 12 - 14 October. Invite at least 6 people per parish. We have the same engaging speakers Rev Harry Steele and Ven Rhiannon King. Registrations will be open in about a month's time.
I'm reading a fascinating book at the moment by Stephen Meyer called 'Return of the God Hypothesis'. For anyone who is interested in the most recent scientific discoveries that provide evidence for an intelligent mind behind the universe this is a beautifully written and informative treatment.
Of the parishes who sent teams to the Leading your Church into Growth conference last year 5 are using the LyCiG Local material which is a shorter version of the conference that can be offered locally. 4 other parishes have said they will do this course in the near future. Let me know if you are interested in this - I have spare copies of the video clips.
This week the Diocesan Ministry Team met for a more in-depth reporting of their ministry activities and the goals they are developing. These goals sheet back to our desire as a Diocese for regeneration and growth. The goals also relate to the Diocesan Mission Action Plan.