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Highlights from the State Assembly

by Danny Mihailovic last modified Jun 28, 2013 01:14 PM
During the week, the 172nd Assembly of the Presbyterian Church of Queensland was held at Clayfield College

Highlights from the Assembly

Overall Picture of the church in Queensland

  • In North Queensland, new churches have been planted in Cairns and Townsville.
  • In Western Queensland there has been fresh growth in Roma.
  • In Mowbray Presbytery (South of the Brisbane River to Coolangatta), a new church has been planted in Robina and one is being planned for Southbank.

Queensland Theological College

  • The student body has increased from 90 to 107 students.
  • A new Systematic Theology lecturer, Mark Baddeley, has been appointed.
  • QTC is developing their focus on Missions local and abroad.

PresCare

  • PresCare has been expanding quickly.
  • The new retirement and care complex in Corinda is under development. It will be called Kingsford Terrace after Sir Charles Kingsford-Smith.
  • Chaplaincy work in Residential centres is increasing.

Public Questions and Communications

  • The Committee is now called GIST - Gospel in Society Today.
  • GIST aims to address controversial issues with a gospel approach.
  • A resource web site is under development.

APWM Queensland (Australian Presbyterian World Mission)

  • APWM is moving towards a more efficient way of funding and sending missionaries.
  • The Committee is looking at appointing a State Director.

Ministry to Isolated Communities

  • Ministers with the approval of Presbyteries are now able to appoint non-ordained persons (for example an Elder) to administer the sacraments where no minister is available. The new rule has been given "interim authority" so it can be used immediately but has been referred to Congregations and Presbyteries and the Commission of Assembly for final approval.

Moderator-Elect

The Moderator-Elect for the 2014-2015 Assembly is Rev Phil Case, minister of Coorparoo Presbyterian Church.

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