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18 December,

I am delighted to announce that a Letter of Call has been sent to Ms Deb Bye for the 1.0fte Placement in the Presbytery of Gippsland as Missional Support Resourcing Minister. The Presbytery has received her enthusiastic response and acceptance of this Call.

Deb is excited about continuing to offer her skills of administration in the Presbytery, particularly through the process of responding to the call of God and the discernment of the church. In this role Deb will be commissioned as a pastor and she is keen to continue growing through the competencies and training offered by the church for pastors.

She will be commissioned alongside Peter Batten as part of the Presbytery in Council meeting on Saturday 2nd February in Traralgon, but will commence her role from 1st January. We are delighted to now have a full ministry team in place.

Bruce Wood

Deputy Chairperson​

November 2018
At our November meeting of Presbytery in Council we were pleased to induct Rev Arnie Wierenga and  his wife  
Rev ​Jennie Gordon who will share the role of Resourcing Presbytery Minister​​. Things are in a state of change so more details later.

9 October 2018
I am pleased to inform you that the Rev Deacon Peter Batten has accepted the Call of the Presbytery to serve the Mission of God in this Presbytery as the Mission Resourcing Ministry/PeM* to commence on the 1st January 2019.
He joins the Rev Jennie Gordon and the Rev Arnie Wierenga as part of the Leadership team in the Presbytery for 2019 and beyond. There are other appointments to be made to this team.
At a special meeting of the Standing Committee held at 5pm on Wednesday 26th September 2018 at the Traralgon UC, the Report from the JNC regarding the Mission Resourcing Ministry/PeM* placement was received. The report contained the following:
‘The JNC recommends that the Gippsland Presbytery issue a call to the Rev. Deacon Peter Batten to take up the 1.0 FTE ministry of Presbytery Minister Mission Resourcing, which includes the 0.5 FTC PeM ministry in accordance with the Gippsland Presbytery’s position profile "Mission Resourcing Ministry 0.5 FTC plus PeM 0.5 FTE.” ‘
This recommendation was the unanimous decision of the Joint Nominating Committee.
After discussion, the Presbytery Standing Committee decided unanimously to issue a Call to the Rev Deacon Peter Batten to this Ministry.
It seems likely that Peter and his wife Jenny will live in the Presbytery Manse in Sale. Peter’s Induction will be at the Presbytery in Council meeting in February 2019.
Rev Dr Des Parker
8th October 2019
*The Synod has established a new approach to mission which is focussed on developing people as Presbytery leaders and Congregational leaders. In other words equipping Leadership for Mission…eLM. Each Presbytery will have a person appointed as a 0.5 (half time) eLM to do this work in that Presbytery. Because they will be working in the Presbytery , the position is called a Presbytery equipping leadership for Mission…PeM.