our annual "grow and go" weekend has just passed. we had about 80 people attend from across the state - a very small number comparatively, but I'm hoping that this might be a new breath of air to grow the thing.
we offered 8 elective streams on the theme of "a mission-shaped church" on worship, mission, pastoral care, music. leadership, theology, bible/preaching and evangelism. an excellent group of teachers.
in the past the College has often run small classes at different times. It seemed obvious to put a bunch of them on the same weekend. the buzz that comes from people gathering in a large group, sharing in worship and having conversations is priceless.
we invited Rev Dr Stephen Burns, research fellow at UTC in sydney, UK Anglican, to lead the worship stream and a plenary evening on the friday night. stephen has written extensively about worship and is a sublime worship leader. his more traditional approach was a challenge to our SA charismatic ex-methodists, but he engagingly drew people into the experience, and there was a lot of affirmation. i hope that we will have him back and engage him in conversation about the relationship between culture and worship.
This is the fourth year that we've done this. in horsham (rural presbytery) I ran an annual day event that attracted 250+ people. I need to work out whether changing the timetable would help.
I APPLAUD THE TWO MINISTERS WHO ATTENDED WITH A GROUP FROM THEIR CONGREGATION. THAT'S EXACTLY HOW YOU GET PEOPLE TO ATTEND TRAINING.
my role this year was to co-ordinate the event. but next year its my turn to teach, so someone else can organise it. big applause to the fantastic nichola who did all of the admin!