ANAlYSIS OF TRENDS IN UCANZ CHURCHES
Professor Peter Lineham, one of the speakers at the recent UCANZ Biennial Forum in Alexandra, provided long-term and in-depth analysis of the state of uniting congregations. You can view his presentation here.
Given dramatic downward trends in all major denominations (Catholics are a partial exception due to immigration) the resilience of union churches is remarkable. Are we part of the elusive rising trend of “Christian – no further definition”, which accounts for 307,926 people in the last census – almost as many as there are Anglicans in New Zealand.
Rather than being a “failed experiment”, might cooperative ventures freed of denominational strictures and property ties be the idea whose time has come?
Ministerial vacancy at Bucklands Beach, Auckland
Bucklands Beach is a three-partner cooperative venture (Anglican, Methodist, Presbyterian). Auckland Diocese, as the Appointing Partner, is seek to appoint a suitable minister to this post. See here for the profile of the parish.
end of an era – opportunity in wellington
Our Administrator, Robyn, leaves at the end of the year, after 19 years’ service with UCANZ. We will be able to celebrate her amazing contribution at the UCANZ Forum at Alexandra in October. Booking at ‘Earlybird’ prices finishes this week, so go now to www.clydechurch.org.nz/ucanz-forum to book!
Meanwhile we will be recruiting for a next Administrator, a three day a week employment in Thorndon, Wellington. Please see attached Administrator job description and Application form
APPLICATIONS ARE DUE BY WEDNESDAY 2 OCTOBER