equipping Leadership for Mission
The eLM unit provides resources, education and engagement across the entire Synod - in other words, it equips Leadership for Mission.
Its influence is far reaching, formal and informal, across events, forums and engagement campaigns, face-to-face and in traditional and digital media.
Executive officer Rev Dr Jenny Byrnes says eLM is focused on “serving and resourcing the presbyteries and congregations, the individuals and groups across the Synod to increase their capacity to engage, lead and thrive as disciples in mission”.
Formed in 2017, eLM has four streams:
- Education and Formation for Leadership
- Priorities, Focus and Advocacy
- Relationships and Connections
- Marketing, Functions & Administration
The Education and Formation for Leadership stream focuses on resourcing the current and future leadership for ministry. Current leadership – lay and ordained – are resourced for ongoing roles within congregations, presbyteries and beyond the Church. Formal accredited pathways are delivered through the Pilgrim Theological College, which offers awards in theological education.
There are three strands to this division:
- Pilgrim Theological College
- Leadership development: Continuing education
- Leadership development: Lay leadership
The Priorities, Focus and Advocacy team focuses on social justice, intergenerational and intercultural ministry, new and renewing communities, interfaith relationships, disability inclusion and the arts. It advocates for change in society (individuals, communities, governments and policies) and Church to help those who are marginalised, disadvantaged and vulnerable. It also works with the Church to develop inclusive communities, and equip leadership for life-giving ministry across many and varied contexts.
There are eight strands to this division:
- Disability inclusion
- Intercultural ministry
- Intergenerational ministry: Children & families
- Intergenerational ministry: Youth & young adults
- New and renewing communities
- Social justice
- Theology & the arts
- Uniting through faiths
Through Relationships and Connections, eLM partners with other agencies to resource leadership and ministry beyond the congregation and presbytery setting such as schools, prisons, camping and hospitals. It is also responsible for placing ministers within congregations, agencies and schools across the Synod, as well as overseeing the missional and educational grants available for the ongoing support of mission and ministry.
There are six strands to this division:
The Marketing, Functions and Administration division oversees a wide range of functions. It:
- provides strategic and ongoing marketing to support the Synod, including eLM
- manages all of Synod’s Facebook and Twitter accounts
- manages almost 90 websites (including the Synod website, Pilgrim Theological College and Crosslight)
- manages Synod e-News
- manages a number of print assets, such as Crosslight magazine
- manages all media enquiries
- helps promote the work of all units within the Synod
- manages any reputational risk to the Synod.
The Communications team is co-located between the Synod Centre (CBD) and the Centre for Theology and Ministry (Parkville). It can be contacted by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Administration team at CTM supports the work of all eLM units as well as a range of other activities. These include the Otira Book Club, CTM Resourcing (which provides resources to congregations, the UCAF, McLean House B&B bookings at CTM) and much more.
A list of key eLM contacts can be found here.