Focus Areas: Innovation Based on Evidence

The Church has made momentous changes based on the eyewitness evidence of God’s work. Think about the decision to include Gentiles in the early Church based on the evidence that Peter and others saw of God’s activity (Acts 10 and 15). We need to take bold risks based on the evidence of what God is doing.

We are committed to bringing new and creative ways of thinking and operating into our Diocese. This could be achieved through the adoption of different forms and models of ministry or innovative programs and initiatives carried out by our parishes and Synod Office. To enable smart risk-taking and share best practices across our Diocese, we need to be more driven by data and evidence, both qualitative and quantitative, to make decisions, measure impact and learn from outcomes.

And no one puts new wine into old wineskins; otherwise, the wine will burst the skins, and the wine is lost, and so are the skins; but one puts new wine into fresh wineskins.
Mark 2.22

Together, we will implement a culture of continuous improvement and intelligent risk-taking by:

  • Being open to change and new opportunities, and learning from both successes and failures.
  • Partnering with the National Church and other denominations and organizations to build a broad base of evidence and best practices.
  • Being intentional about measuring and reporting our performance.
  • Making decisions informed by data and evidence.
  • Investing in the tools and technology that will support sound decision making and increased accountability.

We will achieve this by:

  • Doing things differently through the adoption of best practices and innovation.
  • Using data to measure outcomes for the purpose of continuous improvement.
  • Using technology to enhance data collection, reporting and decision making.