Faith Communities – the church you have when you’re not having an ‘official congregation’. The Uniting Church in Australia has found a way to encourage new initiatives without saddling them with rules and regulations.
On this site you can find resources prepared by New South Wales Synod for the Assembly as it prepared regulations for faith communities
Session 1: Congregations and New Faith Communities
Reading 1: Assembly Regulations on Faith Communities
Reading 2: A Range of Christian Communities, by Christopher Walker, in Establishing New Congregations, edited by Peter Bentley and John Mavor, 1993
Reading 3: Discovering the Social Form of the Congregation, by Dean Drayton, from a paper given at the National Mission and Evangelism Conference on Establishing New Congregations, Sydney, 1993
Reading 4: A report on Guidelines and Regulations for New Congregations, NSW Synod, September 1996
Reading 5: Establishing Congregations Today, by Lyle Schaller, Place or People: Changing Assumptions in New Church Development in Net Results, August 1995
Session 2: Growing the Vision of New Faith Communities
Reading 1: The Glebe Cafe Church, from GNOME Newsletter, NSW Synod Board of Mission, November 1996.
Reading 2: Lanyon Valley Community Church, by Bernie Hughes
Session 3: Laughing with Abraham and Sarah
Reading 1: Carapook Story
Reading 2: Mennonite Statement on Laughing with Abraham and Sarah