FORUM FEEDBACK

MAKING A DIFFERENCE
IN A PLACE. FOR A PURPOSE
COOPERATIVE

A survey sent after the recent biennial Forum was completed by 10 people (that’s 15% of attenders) and provided some valuable feedback for the next Forum. The hosting was scored very highly – close to perfect! The speakers were nearly all rated in the good-excellent range, the workshops more various: from fair to excellent. The business sessions were less appreciated and the panel session only ‘fair’ – and, as the Panel compere, I would agree!

Comments were positive: “family atmosphere”, “really good experience”, “good to know we are not alone”, and “brilliant hosts”, were matched with “deliberation on election a waste of time” and “the Partners have no idea!”

For the future, we have noted that small group discussion after the speakers would be appreciated; the ‘self-help’ workshop should happen again – asking what CVs want, identifying the issues and opportunities…

Two anonymous ‘haiku’s were submitted:

I am glad I came                                                   Friendly occasion
Hearing and meeting new people                Good stories to think on
Feelings of welcome                                          And take home after

If the next Forum is in the Lower or Mid North Island, who would like to host it in October 2021? Suggestions to me, Adrian Skelton, in your own time.

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?