From Rev Jennie Sim, Diocesan Council
At the recent meeting of the Diocesan Council, members of the council were delighted to hear from Archdeacon Gendy Thomson that the diocese had received a glowing report from the recent St John’s College Trust Board Review. The report noted educational outcomes and “value” for dollars spent are high, and the mission of the church is well served by those involved in education in the diocese. The Diocesan Council noted the continued efforts of Gendy and her team in ministry education in helping achieve these outcomes – we are blessed by the hard work and dedication of this team, and all who work to serve our diocesan family in training and discipleship.
Council also received an update on the efforts and progress of the Ruapehu retreat project, and wish to commend Chris Casey and his team of helpers for their efforts in developing this exciting project. We understand it will be open at Synod weekend for people to check out the opportunities it offers for accommodation and retreat space.
There is a lot more on the go in the property space, with many positive projects underway. Council want to acknowledge the efforts of Rob Moonlight in this arena, and note that he is retiring from the property role soon. This is one of many changes in the diocesan office team recently, and along with winter illnesses means the team there is under quite a lot of pressure. Please continue to uphold them in your prayers, and if you know of people who may have skills to offer, please encourage them to speak to Nick or Ella.
The Diocesan Council is an elected body, so with elections at Synod this year, the team will have a few changes shortly, with Archdeacon Stuart Goodin and myself stepping down after a number of years on the Council. Please pray for the team and the new people stepping up to this important governance role.