PCQ General Assembly day two also commenced at 8.30am and concluded at 9.30pm.
The focus today was on the receiving a variety of reports and considering recommendations relating to their content.
We were encouraged by two sermons from Alistair Bain, who continued to preach from Luke chapter 9.
The focus was on the “Our Preaching” and “Our Persistence”.
Bill MacRae, the Moderator of the West Australian Assembly addressed the house, and spoke of the appreciation of that assembly for support and leadership that the Queensland Assembly and its ministries have provided to WA. There is a need for planning for the future, as well as consolidating their church and congregational structures.
Reports on activity in Presbyteries were given by Moreton Bay, Central Queensland, Wide Bay, South Australia, Darling Downs, Mowbray, North Queensland (including Darwin), and Brisbane.
Assembly did not think this was the right time to activate a proposal by our state mission committee to approve the creation of a part-time director to assist the national director and office of APWM. The Committee will need to refine the basis of their proposal and wait for a time when the denomination has an appropriate stream of financial support available.
The Queensland Theological College reported on its activities as it seeks to establish itself as a world class educational institution. There are 153 students. The training on the ministry committee informed assembly that in addition to the twenty full-time or part-time candidates for the ministry, more applications were being processed.
The work of Dunbar Homes in Adelaide was acknowledged.
In the afternoon, Fairholme College, Saint Andrews Hospital, the Presbyterian and Methodist Schools Association, Grace College, and Emmanuel College informed the Assembly in their progress in carrying out their works of education, care, support, and nurturing community and wellbeing.
PresCare reported to the Assembly regarding their activities, which take place in a complex and demanding area of human interaction and care for the aged and infirm. The Assembly continues to walk carefully through this area of ministry, given its complexity and distinction from our usual area of carrying out ministry and mission.
Nominees for various appointments, and members of Assembly committees were either elected or confirmed in their positions.
The Committee On Ministry Resourcing reported on its ongoing work of overseeing the appointments of various parish workers, along with their support for, and interaction with five current church plants and pastoral professional support for ministry workers.
Our Property Board presented an overview of their activities, both in supporting local congregations with their property matters, and in supporting the denomination through the ownership of holiday accomodation for pastors and their families among other areas.
Rev Andrew Richardson was introduced to the Assembly as the nominee moderator designate. The house warmly expressed their approval of the nomination, and Andrew begins a year of preparation for the role of Moderator.
We’re tracking well to finish in good time tomorrow.