The Diocese of North Queensland
In 2021, after much consultation, the Diocese of North Queensland Synod set out a new structure to give greater autonomy to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ministries in North Queensland.
Two new autonomous councils have been created: the Meriba Maygi Zageth Anglican Council for Torres Strait Islander ministry, and the North Queensland Aboriginal Anglican Ministry Council.
The councils will have responsibility for local ministry and mission including the development of liturgies, translation of the Bible, hymns and other devotional material, authority on matters of local custom and culture, authority on local variations to the lectionary, and to set aside days in recognition of local saints.
Most of the congregations in the Diocese of North Queensland rely on non-stipendiary ministry. The new ministry councils provide a structure for the aspirations of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Anglicans to be expressed. However, the Diocese faces severe financial challenges and has called upon the national church to do more to enable ministry and mission in the Torres Strait Islands and the Cape York Peninsula.
This project helps to support a part-time Ministry Development Officer for the Cape York Peninsula and other priority Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mission in the Diocese of North Queensland.
Father, I glorified you on earth by finishing the work that you gave me to do.
– John 17.4
Blessed Lord Jesus, we thank you for the establishment of the Meriba Maygi Zageth (Our Holy Work) Anglican Council and its responsibility for local ministry and mission within the Diocese of North Queensland.
Looking to you as their guide, may the councillors go from strength to strength as they take on this leadership role. May your Spirit encourage and guide them in their holy work.
We pray too for the recently established North Queensland Aboriginal Anglican Ministry Council. May their work also flourish and thrive, guided by the Spirit, as their councillors take up their new roles.
Help us to remember that whatever we do for the sake of the gospel is holy work. Transform us all so that we become effective ambassadors for you. This we ask in your holy Name.
In 2023 we hope to raise for this project:
Donation code: AU007NQ
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Your gift will be used to help the Diocese of North Queensland with its Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mission activities.
As noted, this is NOT a tax-deductible project.
Gifts are received by the trustee for the ‘Anglicans Board of Mission – Australia Ltd’ ABN 18 097 944 717
Gifts will be applied to the support of projects selected. In the unlikely event of projects being oversubscribed or not proceeding to completion, donations will be applied to similar projects.