Reports and Presentations
The latest and most recent reports may be downloaded from this page.
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Note: Reports and/or presentations are in Word, Powerpoint, PDF, or MP3 format.
Urban Mission Network Report to Synod November 2012
Church on Mainstreet Conference September 25th-26th 2012 -Audio files
Panel conversation with John Emmett and Bronwyn Pike. Overview of the Australian urban context and concepts of community building and partnerships
Adam Tretheway and local team from St Andrews. A case study: engaging with the community. What we do at St Andrews and what we hope for
First of two sessions: 10 minute snap shots from congregations. How we are engaged and hoped for outcomes. Prospect with Grant, Morialta with Diane and Elizabeth from Darwin Memorial.
John Emmett – further observations, reflections and where we go from here.
Panel conversation with Bruce Grindlay, minister of St Andrews and Grazio Maiorano and Michael Arman from Urban Regional Planning Solutions
Second of 10 minute snap shots from congregations. How are we engaged and hoped for outcomes. Sandy from Pilgrim, Cogs from Blackwood and John, Brougham Place.
John Emmett: Reflections and observations.
Resources for Ministers and Leaders of Congregations
Books for loan - contact the co-ordinator
Creating the Future Together:
Methods to Inspire Your Whole Faith Community
Loren B. Mead, Billie T. Alban
Balancing new concerns with core values is a complicated process that can leave too many members feeling that their voices and needs are not being met.
Entering the World of the Small Church,
Revised and Expanded Edition
Anthony G. Pappas
What does ministering in small churches require? Leaders who are willing to enter into that world with wholehearted, unconditional love for their congregations.
Being Radically Open to God's Guidance and Grace
N. Graham Standish
There comes a point at which leadership can break down precisely because of our success as leaders. When confidence turns to pride and arrogance, we lose sight of the people we have been called to serve and become consumed with following our own vision.
Leadership in Congregations
Edited by Richard Bass
This book edited by Richard Bass, gathers the collected wisdom of more than 10 years of Alban Institute research and reflection on what it means to be a leader in a congregation, how our perceptions of leadership are changing, and exciting new directions for leadership in the future.
Practicing Right Relationship:
Skills for Deepening Purpose, Finding Fulfillment,
and Increasing Effectiveness in Your Congregation
Mary K. Sellon, Daniel P. Smith
In a book that is both profound and practical, Mary Sellon and Daniel Smith make the case that the health of churches and synagogues depends on congregations learning how to live out love in "right relationships."
The Narrative Leadership Collection
Larry A Goleman, editor
Finding Our Story: Narrative Leadership and Congregational Change
Teaching Our Story: Narrative Leadership and Pastoral Formation
Living Our Story: Narrative Leadership and Congregational Culture
Transforming Church Boards
into Communities of Spiritual Leaders
Charles M Olsen
Olsen presents a bold vision of leadership—one that offers church board work as an integral part of congregational leaders' faith experience and development. Discover inspiring, practical ways your board can make its meetings become opportunities for deepening faith, developing leadership, and ultimately renewing your church.
When God Speaks through Worship:
Stories Congregations Live By
Craig A. Satterlee
In his follow-up to When God Speaks through Change: Preaching in Times of Congregational Transition and When God Speaks through You: How Faith Convictions Shape Preaching and Mission, Craig A. Satterlee uses eight stories to inspire other congregations to seek God through their worship.
The 'real' Christmas: a Bible Study for Advent
This three-part study for use by groups is written by Rev Alex Rodgers.
The first study looks at the Christmas story as we all believe we know it and compares it to the actual text of the birth narratives in the Gospel According to Matthew and the Gospel According to Luke.
The second study seeks to familiarise us with the 'context' in which the birth narratives were written and looks at the social, political and theological backgrounds to the period in which the Gospels were crafted.
The third study examines the Prophetic texts in the birth narratives and seeks to understand what Matthew and Luke intend by them, and how easy it is to take prophecy literally and therefore miss the real reason for its use.
Rev Rodgers has given permission for these studies to be downloaded and copied for use by groups. Please acknowledge the writer and the source and direct any questions related to the studies to Rev Rodgers.
Windows into the Text, The year of Mark - with Rev Dr Alan Cadwallader
Masking and unmasking the Gospel of Mark : the show must go on.
Looking for resurrection in the Gospel of Mark: Is the cupboard bare?
Shoalhaven crucifixion: and earth setting for Mark's story of Jesus
Sandy Creek's presentation to the Network Gathering in May 2011
Report for Western Region Study for UCA
The reports emanating from this research project have been produced from conversations with fifteen (15) congregation leaders from fourteen (14) congregations and are summarised under five major headings – background, community context, strengths, challenges and opportunities.
In using these general categories as a conversation guide leaders were invited to:
- Share defining moments and turning points in their congregation's story.
- Describe current commitments including existing programs, patterns of church life, ministry arrangements and assets.
- Think about ministry context, changes in the composition and character of the local host community and implications for ministry.
While naming current challenges, discern the congregation's mission vocation by identifying inherent strengths and applying these to emerging opportunities or fresh expressions of ministry.
Workshop for Congregations with Heritage Listed Buildings
Saturday 2nd April 2011 at Clayton Wesley UCA
Developing Directions and Priorities for 2011 – 2013
Urban Mission Network 2010 Report
Windows into the Text, The year of Matthew - with Rev Dr Alan Cadwallader
Preaching that honours the vision of the Gospel of Matthew
Cultural diversity and Matthew’s community
Public Forum: Windows into the Text: Matthew’s Manifesto for Christian Community
Re-Thinking the ‘Great Commission’ in secular Australia
Ninth Daring Gathering held in Melbourne on 13th June 2010
Ministers and lay people of the Uniting Church in South Australia participated in the Ninth Daring Gathering held in Melbourne on 13th June 2010. The following statement is published in the interests of pro-actively supporting non-discrimination, inclusiveness and the importance of questioning and does not necessarily represent the views of the Urban Mission Network or congregations aligned with the Urban Mission Network.
Called to be fishers: how do we use the Net most effectively?
Effective Living Centre
Would you like to be a Friend of the Effective Living Centre?
Easter in the 21st Century
A study of the Easter story and how it fits into the present day world of science and technology
by Rev Alex Rodgers
(It is important to note that at the end of the third study, people are asked to prepare their own ' credal statement' – these should be heard and discussed for a short time before the start of the fourth and final study – this is quite important, but not stated in the text of the introduction to the fourth study)
Lent Songs for the 21st Century
Two hymns for Lent by Rev Nicholas Randall of Clayton Wesley UCA.
What does it mean to minister to our neighbourhood?
People make up their minds about our congregation in the first six minutes.
Not long is it, considering that the six minutes includes any encounters they make between parking the car and walking in the door!
Hear Rev Rob Stoner's wisdom on connecting to our neighbourhood through one (or more) mission activities through which congregation members are in relationship to those beyond the church in ways that give expression to the presence of the reign of God and through providing those qualities and activities which people are looking for when they come to us.