Soul of the City

TELT Review

10 June 2019

Greetings from The TELT review, 

Council of Assembly have appointed a small group of us to an important review of Theological Education and Leadership Training in our Church (TELT).  We are Simon McLeay, Erin Pendreigh, Caren Rangi, Rob McIntosh and Sharon Searle.

We have had a first meeting and wish to report to the church our draft plans for consultation.

Our first step has been to begin to explore what sort of questions should we be asking about Theological Education and Leadership Training, we are having conversations with a number of people to help us understand the lie of the land.  For example, a few of us will have meet with the Executive of the Synod of Otago and Southland on the 13th of June

In August this year we hope to produce a consultation document outlining the work the church is currently doing and naming where we see the needs for further discernment.

We imagine that this document might ask us all to consider this topic under 5 areas, which might include questions like these:

  1. What do we discern about the changing shape of Ministry into the future?
    (NOM, LOM, LMT, Amorangi, recognised ministries, bi-vocational, missional, eldership and leadership.)
  2. What has been our experience of internship as a training model?
    (What has worked well, where is there more work needed, is this the model for the future?)
  3. What other needs do we have for leadership training across the church?
    (What are we not doing that is really important?)
  4. What is the ongoing place of KCML; have we got its purpose clear and its governance optimised?
    (Are we doing the right things, and have we got the right configuration and structure?)
  5. How best can we use our library and archives to serve the whole church?
    (what resources have we got and how can we best deploy them?)

We will then be looking for input from individuals, churches and Presbyteries during August, September and October.  We will also seek further expert input into these questions.

After that consultation phase the team will look at formulating some recommendations that will go to Council of Assembly early in 2020 for consideration.

Those proposals will then go back to presbyteries for a further round of confirmation in 2020 and after further refinement will go to the 20 General Assembly

It is my aim to give you a monthly update.

We look forward to you joining us on this journey as we discern God’s leading

Simon McLeay (Convenor)

Author: simon
Date Published: January 2023