Synod Slides - Manchester and Stockport Methodist District

Report
Welcome to Synod
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MANCHESTER & STOCKPORT DISTRICT
Opening Devotions
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MANCHESTER & STOCKPORT DISTRICT
Welcome
 Dispensations/Welcomes/Letters etc.
 Apologies for absence
 Appointment of scrutinisers
 Directory & Amendments
 Authorised persons
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Nomination of District Chair
REASONED STATEMENT
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The Revd. Dr Andrew Lunn
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Andrew Lunn is an experienced minister and
theological educator.
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He has been a Methodist presbyter for over 25
years, serving in Circuits in London, Leicester,
Birmingham and Durham, including an
appointment as a Superintendent.
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In 2003 he moved to the Wesley Study Centre
in Durham as Pastoral Studies Tutor. He was
Director of Undergraduate Studies there from
2010 until moving to be Ministries Development
Officer for the North-West and Mann Region of
the Discipleship and Ministries Learning Network
in 2014.
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He has combined his academic role at Durham
with a part-time appointment in the local Circuit
and therefore has strong, continuing and
contemporary practical experience of both
ministerial formation and the local church
context.
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His scholarship is matched with a pastoral heart,
which cares deeply about the well-being and
flourishing of others. For Andrew , worship and
mission are intimately related. He has a keen
understanding of the contemporary world and
the challenges it brings to the Church as well as
the opportunities for exploring faith.
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He sees leadership as collaborative; a
servant ministry which helps others to
grow into leadership and which shares the
tasks and responsibilities.
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He is used to working in partnership within
and between churches and is sensitive to
the diversity found there. His role at
Durham was an ecumenical one and he
was also responsible for overseeing
student placements, including an
increasing number of overseas
placements.
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Andrew is an encourager and an enabler
and will bring considerable gifts to the role
of Chair of the Manchester and Stockport
District.
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Ends
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Elections
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Election of Conference Representatives
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Election of Synod elected members
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Items for discussion from
Conference
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Overview
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Conference highlights
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Conference overview
 Major
debates
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General Secretary’s report
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Boycotts, divestment and sanctions
campaign
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Working Party on same sex marriages
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Full report with several long and complex resolutions
available on conference web site
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Other issues of significance
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Mission alongside the poor fund
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Connexional Budget
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Ecumenical (JIC)
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Launch of Churches Mutual Credit Union
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Review of Secretary of Conference and
General Secretary posts
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Review of current buildings and societies
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3generate and youth assembly
Synods encourage that where there are four or
more synod reps to conference at least one should
be under the age of thirty.
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Statistics for mission
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Ethical issues
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Items referred to circuits and churches
CTBI report Good Society
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Prayers urged for:
Israel/Palestine, Nigeria, North and South Korea,
Pakistan
Items for action as appropriate
Methodist people urged to support medical and food
aid to Syria and write to MPs to urge the government
to express concern at the delays in implementing
caste discrimination as a form of race discrimination.
Conference highlights
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Boys’ Brigade Presentation
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Greater Manchester
Methodist Church Synod
September 2014
Partners the church in outreach
The Boys’ Brigade:
• Partners, supports, engages
• Reaching children, young people and families
“8 years ago a lad was playing football
outside the Church. He came in and
had a great time. About 3 years ago he
gave his life to Jesus. Since then, his
brother and his Mum have both come
into the Church as well”
Phil (Leader)
Partners the church in outreach
Boys’ Brigade is
• A safe place that parents can trust
• flexible to the needs of your church
“55,000 members
and 1400 groups in
the UK”
Supports the leaders
The Boys’ Brigade provides:
• Training
• Safeguarding & insurance
• Resources
• Local and national support networks
“I never thought I could work
with young people, but the
training and support the BB
has provided has given me
the confidence I need”
Karen (Leader)
Engages young people
Activities and resources for all ages
"Do you want 16 year olds in church?
We start with 5 year olds"
Donald (Minister)
Engages young people
Boys’ Brigade is:
• Open and available to all children
& young people
• Relationship focused
“BB’s been great for me, it’s given me
opportunities to do things I never
thought I could do” Charlie (16)
Manchester & District Battalion
Locally we provide:
• Training
• Development
• Activities
• Social events
“Being part of a big
organisation is great.
We can join in with
other groups for
activities, competitions
and residentials. We
just couldn’t do all this
on our own”
Chris (Leader)
What next ?
“Be an example to everyone with your words, your
actions, your love, your faith and your life”
1 Timothy 4:12
the adventure begins here . . .
Coffee Break
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The District Development Plan
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New DDP needed for 2015 -20
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DDP priorities for 2014/15
SRE review day August 16th
10th Sept SRE approves
for submission to District Council
Budget to be allocated
October 9th
District Council
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DDP priorities for 2014/15
What can the District do uniquely or best?
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Developing a wide range of
partnerships
etc…
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Resourcing mission
Resourcing
Mission
Enabler
A Grand
Day Out
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Encouraging fresh ways
of being Church
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Deepening discipleship
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Managing the deployment and
oversight of ministries
Ministry
not
ministers
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Co-ordinating training
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Inspiring confidence
Reframing
the
conversation
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Being a prophetic voice
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Supporting community
development and action for justice
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Turnips!
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Or ‘Larger than circuit’
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District response to be submitted by 30th
September
On-line consultation on the role of the
District Chair closes 15.00 on 18th
September and can be found here:
 http://dotmailer-surveys.com/09bvi0c4fx6y91
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An overarching question:
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In order to fulfil your role in God’s
mission
what resources are
uniquely or best
provided from beyond the Circuit ?
The resources that you need might best be
provided by one or more of:
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Circuits working together in groups
smaller than current Districts;
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Groupings of Circuits of approximately
the size as current Districts;
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Groupings of Circuits based on the
Region or Regions of the DMLN
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The Connexional Team;
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Other groupings that you may
suggest.
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 As
you reflect on the question above,
please take account of conversations
that may have already happened in
the areas in which your mission and
ministry are exercised, as well as any
thoughts that arise now from the
prompts presented here:
7 circuits have responded so far
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Three circuits felt that they were unable to
respond to the consultation in the form that it
was expressed.
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In two cases this was because they felt that
the current structure of Districts was working
effectively as far as they were concerned and
they saw no need for change;
in the other the circuit felt that this was too
large an issue for them to be able to
complete in the available time.
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1. What might continue to be
gained by having something
‘Larger than Circuit’?
2. What might be lost if there
was nothing ‘Larger than
Circuit’ except for the
Connexional Team and the
Conference?
3. If there were to be nothing
between Circuits and the
Conference, how might the
current functions of the
Districts be carried out?
4. What might be the
necessary functions of a
‘Larger than Circuit’ entity or
entities?
5. What might be lost by
having a smaller number of
‘Larger than Circuit’
groupings (currently Districts)
than at present?
6. What might the relationship
be between larger Circuits and
‘Larger than Circuit’ entities or
smaller Circuits and ‘Larger
than Circuit’ entities?
7. How might ‘Larger than
Circuit’ be undertaken
differently and/or more
effectively than now?
8. How might ‘Larger than
Circuit’ be undertaken more
cost effectively than now?
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Notices
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Result of voting for Conference reps
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Dates of future synods
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March 19th 2015 Presbyteral synod
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March 28th 2015 Representative synod
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September 5th 2015
Representative synod
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Concluding worship
An Order for Synods
to mark the full formation of
the Discipleship and Ministries Learning Network team
for the North-West and Mann region
Let us pray.
Father, as your children we long to grow…
onwards through your generous
grace
outwards into the Commonwealth
of your reign
upwards towards perfect love.
As members of the body of Christ we long to
grow…
closer together
rejoicing in diversity
deeper in community.
In the power of the Spirit we long to grow…
more fervent in worship
more compassionate in service
more confident in witness.
Sisters and brothers,
will you all in the course of your daily lives
in the church and in the world
encourage growth and learning
by the transforming love of God in Christ?
With God’s help we will.
Will you offer John and our whole regional
team your support and prayers
as we join together in the work to which God
has called us?
With God’s help we will.
Come Holy Spirit.
Fill our hearts with your love.
Come to our hearts.
School our minds in your wisdom.
Come to our minds.
Turn our souls to your worship.
Come to our souls.
Build our strength on your Living Word.
Come, strengthen and renew us.

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