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Inservice grows new leaders

Attendees at the Lay Ministry Inservice. Photo courtesy of Karyl Davison.
FOR FIVE days in late March a group of people involved in lay ministry in the Uniting Church, some new Pastors among
them, gathered at Alexandra Park Conference Centre on the Sunshine Coast for Christian formation, training and education.

Pilgrim Learning Community lecturer, Karyl Davison, said there was a lot of learning, forming new friendships and fun.

“With keynote speaker, Rev Dr Jenny Byrnes, from the Synod of Victoria/Tasmania, we learned what Christian formation is,
how to maintain appropriate boundaries in ministry and how adults learn,” said Ms Davison.

“Through personal sharing and teaching we gained some tools to help us be sustained and healthy in our ministry.

“We also explored some of the cultural changes in our world andhow that might need to impact on the church today, including in preaching and worship.

“Don Whebell shared some of his passion about the Basis of Union.

“Our Trivia Night was great fun as well as another learning opportunity – apparently the theological discipline that has emerged from Latin America is Zumba!”

Ms Davison said the group also appreciated the wisdom and input of Moderator Rev Bruce Johnson, General Secretary Shirley Coulson, Associate General Secretary Rev Dr Marian Zaunbrecher and Synod Human Relations Advisor Ann Warren.

The next Lay Ministry Inservice will be at Alexandra Headlands Conference Centre from June 11–15, 2012.

Photo : Attendees at the Lay Ministry Inservice. Photo courtesy of Karyl Davison.