Soul of the City
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:
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)
Date Published: June 2019