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Local Shared Ministry

We’ve always been small church people. Our three parish ministries were generally small and the highlight of our congregational life was in The Good News Room in Dunedin in the 1970s.

For the following decade Dave was based in Trinity Theological College in Auckland developing “self-supporting” ministry. Towards the end of that time he came to see a better strategy for very small congregations. It seemed to him that a small team of relatively untrained lay people could do all that was necessary for mission and ministry in the small church.

In 1992 Dave became enabler for the first Presbyterian or Methodist LSM in this country and four years later that strategy was accepted long term. It’s had its ups and downs but the benefits in mission have been substantial.

We have promoted this model in four countries and published books and produced audiovisual resources on the theme. Rev Eifion Roberts (left) of Wales is one of many overseas people who have visited Paihia to study this particular way of being church and doing ministry.

Local Shared Ministry has great potential for small churches today. Learn all about it in “The Cavalry Won’t be Coming” ordered here.