Presbytery Planning Update – February 2018
The General Assembly 2018 instructed Presbyteries to review Presbytery Plans. This review will take into account the national shortage of ordained ministers as well as a nationally reduced financial capability while at the same time keeping the missional purpose of the church at its core.
In all plans the number, use and purpose of each building which is funded and serviced by the church must be reviewed.
Lochaber Presbytery is in the process of implementing this instruction.
We are aware that many Presbyteries around the country are taking rapid and radical action in response to the current situation. While we recognise the urgency of the issue, the Planning Group are concerned to take sufficient time to make sure our plans in Lochaber are workable and well-considered.
To this end the Presbytery has been divided into 3 separate groupings of congregations and in each mission and ministry is being reviewed as well as working practices.
Nether Lochaber, Kinlochleven, Duror and St Munda’s.
In October 2018 Presbytery agreed that, at a future date, these four congregations will form one charge with one nationally ordained minister. All Kirk Sessions have been consulted and discussions will take place with office bearers to agree the terms of the basis of this charge.
There will be no alteration to the current arrangements while both ministers are in post.
FWDM, Kilmonivaig, Kilmallie, Fort Augustus and Glengarry
Based on recent reviews of all these congregations and parishes, a plan for future ministry and mission will be proposed.
Having an accepted plan in place will enable recruitment of appropriate ministry personnel.
Acharacle, Ardnamurchan, Ardgour, Morvern, Strontian, NW Lochaber
A review of the pattern of ministry is underway.
The Presbytery Planning Process is an open process. Reports are made at each Presbytery meeting and so should be reported to each congregation under the usual reporting procedure. Your Minister and Presbytery Elder can be contacted for details.
You are welcome to contact Ella Gill if you would like further information or have any queries.
Ellagill768 @ gmail.com