Property redevelopment to be debated at Synod
17 October 2012
The October issue of the LCA national publication ‘The Lutheran’ reported on a proposal for a major redevelopment of its properties in North Adelaide. The proposal is likely to go before the 2013 General Convention of Synod.
The current campus of Australian Lutheran College (ALC) sits at the centre of the proposal, and it will have a significant impact on ALC facilities. Church debate on such a large financial undertaking is likely to be vigorous, but the proposal is likely to benefit ALC in a number of ways:
- The new facility promises to be more efficient in a number of ways, including the use and interconnectedness of spaces. The new buildings would also be much more environmentally friendly.
- The contemporary learning and teaching spaces and provision of technology in the proposal represent a definite asset.
- The purpose built nature of the facilities will augment greater student and staff interaction, and foster a creative and collaborative learning environment.
- ALC will be able to conveniently host larger gatherings such as intensives, summer/winter schools workshops, training events, seminars, and conferences.
- An up to date facility from which to operate will complement ALC's development of a contemporary distributed learning system for online and remote learning.
- The new facility will assist ALC focus on its ‘core business’ as the church assumes responsibility for some things that are currently part of ALC’s day to day operations.
- ALC looks forward to being able to renew partnerships with local ministries, particularly the local congregation, through access to the new worship centre and other facilities.
As always there are costs to any improvement:
- Part of ALC’s physical identity has been what is affectionately called the ‘old building’ or Hebart Hall, purchased in 1922. While this building would remain, it would no longer be the central hub for ALC operations.
- ALC would be unlikely to be able to continue with the tertiary boarding operation for local university and TAFE students. That decision rests with the church and is still to be made.
- There would be significant impact on individual staff persons at ALC who fulfil functions which may or may not be part of the new development.
To those outside South Australia, or who have never visited North Adelaide, these changes might seem insignificant. In terms of ALC’s viability and sustainability, however, they can make a significant difference. We invite your prayers during this process and when the proposal is discussed at Synod, so that Lutheran based tertiary theological training in Australia might not only survive, but flourish in the 21st century.