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News 8

The Future for Our Area?

Long Buckby United Reformed Church

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On   Wednesday   16th   August   there   was   a   meeting   at   Headlands   URC   to   discuss   the   likely   shape   of the Northampton area. The   meeting   had   been   called   because   our   moderator   Peter   Meek   foresaw   difficulties   in   the   near future and wished the Churches to be aware of these potential problems. The   problems   outlined   were   that   most   of   our   current   stipendiary   ministers   were   reaching   the end   of   their   ministry   and   therefore   due   to   retire,   also   if   current   trend   continue   there   was   likely to   be   both   insufficient   new   ordinands   coming   through   the   system   to   fill   the   vacancies   or   the money to support them. The   situation   in   2020/2025   could   be   that   there   are   only   3   full   time   stipendiary   ministers   in Northamptonshire. Not   wishing   the   Church   to   arrive   at   this   situation   without   either   forewarning   or   planning   the following options were tabled. Spread out the remaining ministers thinly giving them 9 or 10 Churches to serve. Have one minister for 3 Churches and leave the other 6 or 7 with no access to a minister. Have   a   minister   half   time   at   one   large   Church   and   use   that   Church   to   resource   the   other   8   or   9 Churches in the grouping. It   was   stressed   that   these   are   not   the   only   options   and   that   the   predictions   may   change   as   time goes on. The whole matter will be discussed in March at Synod. It   would   seem   to   me   that   whatever   happens   all   the   Churches   have   to   work   together   supporting one another if we are to survive and hopefully grow in the future If   you   have   views   or   suggestions   on   any   of   this   please   discuss   it   with   your   elder   so   that   views can be fed back to the Synod. Norman Chandler
© Long Buckby URC 2017
News 8

The Future for Our Area?

Long Buckby United Reformed Church

Email the Webmaster
On   Wednesday   16th   August   there   was   a   meeting   at   Headlands   URC   to   discuss the likely shape of the Northampton area. The    meeting    had    been    called    because    our    moderator    Peter    Meek    foresaw difficulties   in   the   near   future   and   wished   the   Churches   to   be   aware   of   these potential problems. The   problems   outlined   were   that   most   of   our   current   stipendiary   ministers   were reaching   the   end   of   their   ministry   and   therefore   due   to   retire,   also   if   current trend   continue   there   was   likely   to   be   both   insufficient   new   ordinands   coming through the system to fill the vacancies or the money to support them. The   situation   in   2020/2025   could   be   that   there   are   only   3   full   time   stipendiary ministers in Northamptonshire. Not   wishing   the   Church   to   arrive   at   this   situation   without   either   forewarning   or planning the following options were tabled. Spread out the remaining ministers thinly giving them 9 or 10 Churches to serve. Have   one   minister   for   3   Churches   and   leave   the   other   6   or   7   with   no   access   to   a minister. Have   a   minister   half   time   at   one   large   Church   and   use   that   Church   to   resource the other 8 or 9 Churches in the grouping. It   was   stressed   that   these   are   not   the   only   options   and   that   the   predictions   may change as time goes on. The whole matter will be discussed in March at Synod. It   would   seem   to   me   that   whatever   happens   all   the   Churches   have   to   work together   supporting   one   another   if   we   are   to   survive   and   hopefully   grow   in   the future If   you   have   views   or   suggestions   on   any   of   this   please   discuss   it   with   your   elder so that views can be fed back to the Synod. Norman Chandler