A small but lively group met in Hobart for the first of a series of Major Strategic Review (MSR) workshops on the vision for the Church. The workshop ran for two hours on Saturday 22 November at the Hobart North Uniting Church. During lunch and the open discussion that followed, people were eager to continue the discussion and share their thoughts with the MSR team.
Rev Rod Peppiatt attended the Hobart workshop. He enjoyed the opportunity to reflect on the Church’s future.
“Sharing stories and ideas with others was a good exercise,” Mr Peppiatt said. “It was refreshing and encouraging to be asked in a seminar like this how others outside the church might respond to our vision. This is a question we rarely ask each other.”
Four further vision workshops were held in Stawell, Frankston, Melbourne CBD and Grovedale in November and early December. Jason Talbot, MSR program director, explained these workshops will help inform the important MSR task to shape a broad vision and plans for the future of the Church within the Synod of Victoria and Tasmania.
“It was great to experience people’s enthusiasm and different perspectives.
“We are keen to hear from more people who are passionate about the future direction of the Church,” Mr Talbot said.
Further MSR facilitated workshops will run in February 2015. Facilitation packs are also available if people want to run their own workshop for a local group or council of the Church.
People are being asked to register to attend a workshop to help with planning and catering – either by visiting listeningpost.victas.uca.org.au or emailing email@example.com.