Graeme Christian

Our last meeting of the Victorian Conference Committee commenced with a devotional led by Pr Jorge Munoz, President of the Australian Union Conference.  We were delighted to have the officers of the Australian Union Conference with us for the meeting.  As you may well be aware, Pr Ken Vogel is the AUC Secretary and Mr Peter Cameron is the acting Chief Financial Officer.  We appreciate the wisdom they bring and their input was valuable to the committee.

In short, the committee confirmed the appointment of Pr Andy Litchfield as a member of the Executive Committee and spent time focusing on Mission and Strategic Planning.  Though it’s early in the year, the operating report showed conference finances are headed in the right direction and we thank God for the faithfulness of the numerous people. 

Now for a little more detail...

It was reported that the Mission to Victoria’s Cities Think Tank had been well attended by representatives from churches around our conference.  Nunawading church was an ideal venue and over 200 were involved in what proved to be an exceptional afternoon of information, inspiration, ideas and significant prayer. 

The AUC President, Pr Jorge Munoz promoted the Open Home initiative which is planned for June 5-9.  Check out the website:  https://disciple.org.au/projects/open-home/

The request of the Lynbrook Samoan group for Church Company status was granted.  This represents a significant step for those who worship at Lynbrook and we look forward to further growth and development of this church company.

Delegates to the Victorian Conference Constituency Meeting to be held 24 September 2017 were appointed.  The Conference Church composed of those on the Conference Roll which includes members of recognised companies.

Our Infrastructure Coordinator, Galen Gan, reported on the following.

  1. The Pakenham Church commenced worshipping in their new building on 18 March this year and that’s excellent news!  The South East of our city is a fast growing area and even now, more new churches are needed in this area.
  2. The subdivision at the back of the Gilson College Taylors Hill campus is due to settle in July 2017.  This land has been subdivided to help fund the purchase of the school at Mernda and other strategic initiatives.  It was reported that the income generated will be significantly more than had originally been forecast.
  3. The Pavilions project is on track with receipt of endorsed plans from Whitehorse Council on 20 March this year.  Work continues on the secondary consent process and construction of the display suite has now commenced.  Praise God.

Finance reports for Adventist Schools Victoria and AdventCare were presented -- both are in the black. 

We appreciate the commitment of our conference committee members who have now met 36 times for many hours at a time.  We appreciate the prayerful approach of each one, born out by the group of committee members who meet half an hour before each committee meeting in prayer to seek God’s leading in a special way.

Graeme Christian

Conference President

 

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