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
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
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