Westwood is deeply committed to ‘Shared Ministry’ – where the work of the congregation is balanced between members, friends, staff and professional leadership.
Ministry at Westwood is more verb than noun – with the emphasis on how we live out our beliefs and commitments.
Shared ministry is not just how we conduct Sunday morning services. Ministry means service, and we serve each other in many ways at Westwood.
Learning from the insights, skills and gifts of all who participate, we aim to honour diverse perspectives and strengthen our understanding of a meaning-filled life.
Read the Covenant of Right Relations for Westwood.
Ministry is that quality of being in community that affirms human dignity –
beckons forth hidden possibilities, invites us into deeper, more constant,
reverent relationships, and carries forward our heritage of hope and liberation.
Ministry is what we do together as we celebrate
triumphs of our human spirit
Miracles of birth and life
Wonders of devotion and sacrifice.
Ministry is what we do together – with one another –
in terror and torment – in grief, in misery and pain,
enabling us in the presence of death to say yes to life.
We who minister speak and live the best we know
with full knowledge
that it is never quite enough
And yet are reassured
by lostness found
fragments reunited, wounds healed
and joy shared.
Ministry is what we all do – together.