In 2018, participants of the first Biennial Greater Sydney Conference “Mission2Sydney Think Tank,” (delegate selected from each local church) came up with five strategies to guide our Conference—which were then approved by vote at the Constituency Session a few months later. The five strategies were:
There were 5 areas of strategic focus that emerged from our time together, which were:
Growing together: Intergenerational discipleship and transfer of figurative ownership (giving our young adults and youth the keys to the church, for example).
Community engagement: Finding ways to add value to our local communities to build relationship bridges however that looks for each church and member.
Media engagement: Digital resourcing & engagement, marketing, branding and public relations
Increasing spiritual temperature: Turning up the spiritual temperature of our Conference. We had our first Conference-wide prayer retreat 6-8 April and are already planning 30 days of prayer in 2019 after IGNITE with our 2nd annual prayer retreat shortly thereafter.
Member Empowerment: Our churches would like to empower all our members to be involved in ministry and the church mission.
At the “2020 Think Tank,” held at the Grand Royale Function Centre in Granville from 14-15 February 2020, delegates focused on the following strategies:
Our time together in fellowship, worship, prayer and discussion was valuable and continues to have lasting effect. We were blessed by the presentations and the foci from the combined collation of ideas and thoughts. Together these are helping guide the development of the conference strategic plan, mission and vision.
Article: “The Forum” by Sven Östring
Based on the size of membership, the Conference invited churches (church companies, plants and groups) to select a specific number of delegates (church members) to attend the “2020 Think Tank.”
Churches with a membership under 50 were invited to send two (2) delegates in addition to the pastor. Churches with a membership of 50 plus were invited to send five (5) delegates in addition to the pastor. It was required that at least one (1) of the delegates were under 30 years of age.
We called for passionate church members with the following attributes: