Our Vision for the Future



Our Vision


Preface

At the time of this writing, our Bishop is completing the third month of ordination and installation .
Also in process is the transition of our new executive officer. The time has come for us to pick up speed in relation to establishing and walking with Christ in a process of visioning that builds on our past foundations.
In our diocese the regional deans meet with the bishop and executive officer for discussion and preparation on the day before the diocesan executive. 
    The September meeting of our regional deans was an extended meeting comprised of two  sections. The first  in relation to General Synod, and the second  around the visioning process that was to be occasioned by the ministry of our new bishop, and the appointment of a new executive officer.    The Diocesan Executive  met on Wednesday September 14 2016. It  consisted of two sections: a discussion around the General Synod, and Visioning for our future. The second time frame followed our regular agenda.
By all reports, we can say these were productive meetings which provided clarity, and created expectations for our future processes. This page centres around Diocesan Visioning

First Thoughts 

Parishes

Times have changed. We are looking at parishes with some heavy challenges around numbers, finances, social positioning, and attitudes toward communities of faith. We are no longer the cultural or advisory authority in our communities.
What must we do to :
Connect the dots of the real stories and challenges we face?
What exactly are we going to do to facing the realities of today...in other words what about:
What is our potential?
Where are the people...physically, spiritually....?
What are we doing right?

What are we doing wrong?
How do we understand Missional thinking?

Clergy 
Clergy of today have found themselves in the midst of huge change. It feels like "decline", and the numbers seem to back that up.
When we think about our clergy today we ask do you feel that your Vocation is now more like a "Job"? 
What is your understanding of your responsibilities?
Before we can reasonably challenge Clergy (and laity)  our diocese needs to ask
What are we doing in relation to 

  • Equipping
  • Supporting
  • Understanding Life situations
  • Do we have clear expectations and standards for:
  • The Mission of our Diocese
  • Performance
  • Competencies. 
  • Continuing Education 
  • Accountability. 
  • Unity of practice in our diocese.

Synod Office

Let's discuss:

  • Staff job descriptions.
  • Role of the Bishop
  • Using our resources wisely
  • What resources do we have?
  • What do we need?
  • What can we afford?
  • What are clergy expectations?
  • What are lay expectations?
  • What connections do we need to make?
  • How do we make that happen?

Our Basic Goals


  • To follow Jesus
  • Create Expectations of growth in the midst of challenge and change
  • Unity
  • Actual Growth 
  • Accountability 
  • Seeing things as they are, and address the issues...Not the symptoms.
  • Positive reinforcing attitudes
  • Gentleness and respect.
  • Environments of trust.. In other words a setting where every concern is shared. 
Please add your voice and share your insights and concerns!





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