Greetings in Christ. Please receive this strategic plan: read, pray over, consider for yourself and your parish! I am so grateful for those who worked hard to produce it. My hope is that we will find in it, by grace, a road for us as a dicocese to walk together.
The vision behind it all is a diocese which has claimed the Gospel of Jesus Christ yet more deeply and faithfully, which has been renewed in the Holy Spirit and so renews its own commitment to sharing that Gospel, which claims anew the rich tradition of the Episcopal prayer and worship, which reaches out to fellow Christians and those in need boldly.
I am also appreciative of the offering of a baseline and markers so we can have a sense of how we are doing.
I believe we are at a unique moment, which God is calling us to respond to. There are challenges for our Church in demographics and memory of our faith and theology. There is a great opportunity to share the faith in growing communities. Everything in this plan has in mind the future, the planting of seeds: young clergy, teaching materials for a new generation, and new congregations.
Find the niche where you can get involved, first of all in your own congregation, and together as well.