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Thinking ‘out of the box’

How one presbytery is experimenting with hub style ministries.

THE Hub Style Ministries Project was set up by the Church of Scotland in late 2017. Its purpose is to encourage presbyteries to look at developing new models of ministry in the face of three challenges: decline in the numbers of church members and ministers, the commitment to remaining a national church, and placing mission at the heart of local church life and ministry. No model of ministry has been imposed from the centre; presbyteries have been encouraged to develop models relevant to their context. One of the first presbyteries to become involved in the project was Argyll. Their experience is described below by the Rev David Mitchell of the presbytery of Argyll.

“When the Ministries Council started the project, in Argyll we were thinking already about how we might do things differently as part of our Presbytery Planning. Being part of the project sounded like a good opportunity to test out our ideas.

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