Presbytery of North East VictoriaThe Body of Christ from across the region, meeting to worship, pray, study, learn and do business.
Connect, Grow, Share
Exploring the connections between our faith, the environment and how we live.
Under the banner of Connect-Grow- Serve we will be exploring the connections between our faith, the environment and how we live.
This year it’s different; it’s online via Zoom and there will be Key Note Sessions and workshops from 1st May to the 8th May.
Program: (Click here for details of Sessions)
Saturday May 1st 11.00am – 1.00pm Keynote Speaker- Rev Dr. Vicky Balabanski Director of Biblical Studies, Uniting College for Leadership and Theology, Adelaide. – Colossians Bible Study. Small group discussion to follow.
The Letter to the Colossians has the highest view of Christ of any of the New Testament writings, and its theology of divine permeation invites us to notice the ecological potential of this letter. Vicky Balabanski brings contemporary ecological questions into dialogue with the distinctive Christology and cosmology of the letter.
Monday May 3rd 7.00 -8.00pm For God so loved the world – thinking theologically about creation – Wendie Wilkie
Tuesday May 4th 7.00 -8.00pm Community gardens share the faith – Tanya Walker and Tim Angus
Wednesday May 5th 7.00 -8.00pm What does it mean to be a ‘green church”? – Mark Zirnsak
Thursday May 6th 7.30 – 8.30pm Living simply –Children and Families – Heather Woodman
Friday May 7th 2.00 – 4.30 pm Ministry agents PD – Planning for using the Seasons of Creation in worship
Saturday May 8th 11.00am – 1.00pm Keynote Speaker- Ecological theology: an introductory discussion of some of the ways Christian thought has been responding to the environmental crisis.
– Dr Deborah Guess, Pilgrim Theological College. Small group discussion to follow
Registration is free. You can register in advance for the Field Days and chose to attend one or more or all of these great learning and sharing experiences.
Please feel free to distribute this to others in your congregation (or anywhere) who might like to attend.
Click on this link to register in advance for Field Days:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
All sessions will be recorded. so if you miss one, you can catch up. If you like it a lot, you can use it again with a small group.
About the Presbytery
The Presbytery of North East Victoria covers a large area of north eastern Victoria and reaches into southern NSW. The western boundary stretches from Mathoura to Colbinabbin, and the eastern boundary from Corryong to Alexandra with Broadford as the southern most community. Our northern boundary is through the Murray Valley region to Mathoura, and then south-east to Broadford.
The presbytery has responsibilities under the Basis of Union and regulations for the ministry and mission within its bounds. In the rapidly changing context of the church and the world, PNEV was concerned to find ways to care for all congregations and people, regardless of size and financial stability and capacity. Strategic directions were developed and agreed to early in 2013 and are subject to ongoing review.
The presbytery has endeavoured to remain true to its values and role in aiming to care for both small and large congregations. However this is a challenge in a presbytery with many congregations whose members are aging and declining in numbers and thus who are experiencing a reduction in financial resources. Many of the lay leaders are also aging. Ensuring that new possibilities are nurtured and that the outreach to younger people and families is valued and celebrated is also vital. Recognising that small groups and tiny congregations have much to share along with the larger ones, ensures that all feel valuable and make their contribution to the whole.
The desire to support all congregations resulted in a set of directions for the presbytery, where it identified six centres of population, Seymour, Shepparton/Mooroopna, Benalla, Wangaratta, Albury/Wodonga and Echuca, with a priority to try and ensure that congregations in those centres retained placements as far as possible and became centres of resourcing for smaller congregations around them. The strategic direction also identified the need for education and the equipping, support and nurture of lay leaders in smaller congregations for the future, and for some new thinking around worship and leadership. This helps PRC and M&E committees in particular to identify where they need to put their focus.
Presbytery Meetings and Governance
Representatives and ministry workers usually met four times a year for formal Presbytery meetings. The Presbytery in Council is much more than a business meeting: it is the Body of Christ from across the region, meeting to worship, pray, study, learn and do business.
Our present practice is to hold the meetings on either Thursdays or Saturdays to enable different people to participate. We rotate around various congregations across the Presbytery to give depth to our relationship together. The Presbytery meets for other special occasions such as the ordination or induction of a new ministry worker, or on the rare occasion when an extraordinary meeting is called. Between Presbytery meetings, Standing Committee deals with the business of the Presbytery and is able to make decisions on behalf of the wider Presbytery.
The Presbytery has gained richly from a number of ministers from non-Anglo cultures serving amongst us. The presbytery greatly values the ministry of its Lay Preachers and other lay leaders.
The Presbytery operates through four main committees:
- Standing Committee – meets monthly
- Pastoral Relations Committee – meets monthly
- Mission and Education Committee – meets quarterly
- Property, Finance and Administration Committee – meets quarterly