Presbytery of North East VictoriaThe Body of Christ from across the region, meeting to worship, pray, study, learn and do business.
Advent in a time of disruption.
Advent studies, but with the perspective of the church being ready for God.
Discover a fresh perspective on the future of rural churches as we bring together thought leaders, and passionate community members to lead us through Advent. Using the Old Testament Lectionary readings, over the course of 6 weeks, we’ll delve into critical topics shaping the destiny of our rural congregations in North East Victoria. Join the conversation, connect with like-minded individuals, and co-create a brighter future for our rural churches.
Whether you’re a ministry worker, community member, or simply curious about the evolving role of churches in rural settings, these studies are your platform for
meaningful dialogue and collective growth. Streaming via Zoom to your church or to your home. Join as a small group or as an individual.
Tuesdays 7.30pm from 7th Nov-12th Dec, repeated Wednesdays 2.30pm from 8th Nov-13th Dec
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. Click to see map below.
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 presbytery is engaged in looking forward to how it serves the congregations of the region in the years ahead. There is a desire to support all congregations and there are new initiatives planned using regional/resoucing ministers and projects to leverage the opportunities provided by improved online capacity. The strategic direction identifies 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.
Church with Walls – Hybrid Church
Spirituality OnLine Retreats
Map with Congregations
Below is a map showing the extent of the Presbytery and congregations indicated by purple dots. Where congregations linked into a cluster, lines are shown linking the dots.
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