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2014 Synod AGM

2014 Synod Annual General Meeting

The Synod met for its 148th annual meeting in the Balclutha Presbyterian Church on the evening of Friday the 11th and through the day of Saturday the 12th of April.

The meeting again took the form of an act of worship which included the business as part of that worship.

The Synod convened on Friday evening when the outgoing Moderator, Bruce Fraser, constituted the meeting and spoke of his observations of Synod life. (here)   Bruce then inducted the Rev. Chris Burgin as the new Moderator who took over the worship during which Chris outlined his theme.  He took as his text “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.”  He illustrated his text with stories from his experience revisiting, after 33 years, an island in Korea where he had served with Volunteer Service Abroad.(Read full address here).

Synod then moved on to share a meal together that was catered for by members of the Balclutha congregation.

Saturday continued the worship and throughout the day as reports were received the Moderator led the Synod in prayer for the work of the groups and people involved. 

Reports were received from the Funding committees.  Synod was grateful to God when it was revealed that the Otago Foundation Trust Board had had a successful year that saw an increase of 25% in funding which meant that for the first time in its history the Synod had over 2 million dollars to support God’s mission in Otago and Southland.  Each of the conveners presented their reports and Synod approved the allocations.  Reports were also received from the non-funding committees of Synod

Synod Committee Reports:

National CommitmentsEducation FundEcclesiastical  FundMission and Evangelism Fund; Ministry Resource CommitteeSynod Life Committee.

John Daniel was elected as the Moderator Designate to take up the role at the 2015 AGM.  Chris prayed with and for John.

Reports were also received from the Synod staff who addressed the Synod as they presented their reports.  This was Brad Kelderman, the Youth Advisor’s, first annual meeting. 

Reports and addresses:

Mission Advisor’s Address, Report:  Kid’s Friendly Advisor’s Address, Report:  Youth Advisor’s Report.  The Moderator prayed for the staff and their work.

After lunch reports were received from the Presbyterian Research Centre, and the Knox Centre for Ministry and Leadership.

Throughout the day the Moderator had invited four speakers to present something on his theme of Transformation.  The first was Graham Redding from the Knox Centre.  Graham took up the Moderator’s theme of Transformation and using Romans 12:2 addressed the question of the transformation of our minds and what that can mean for the church. Later by Rosemary Elder spoke of personal transformation using something of her own story of God bringing change in her life.  George Kopa shared two songs that he had written as part of a study leave assignment. Peter Cheyne shared something of a transformation that is taking place at Mornington congregation in Dunedin, John Ranstead, a families work at Mataura Presbyterian Church, spoke of community transformation in the Mataura area and after lunch John Gullick from Riversdale spoke on God being a God of encouragement who is working in our lives.

The day was one of inspiration and challenge.  The worship of the annual meeting was brought together as the Moderator led the gathering in Communion before closing the meeting.



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