Focus Areas: Leadership & Formation

We have much to do over the coming years as our Diocese works to determine its place in a changing society. This change will require transformational and adaptive leadership to move the organization forward. We are committed to supporting and developing the leadership capacity and capabilities of our clergy and lay leaders. As we work through this change, we as Anglicans will remain committed and engaged with our faith through formation and discipleship to deepen our relationship with God and welcome new seekers into our community.

[Christ] handed out [a variety of] gifts … to train Christians in skilled servant work, working within Christ’s body, the church, until we’re all moving rhythmically and easily with each other, efficient and graceful in response to God’s Son, fully mature adults, fully developed within and without, fully alive like Christ.
Ephesians 4:11-13 (The Message)

Together, we will intentionally develop leadership, both lay and clerical, by:

  • Deepening the Christian spiritual lives of our clergy, lay leaders and parishioners.
  • Defining and developing transformational leadership that will be collaborative and accountable.
  • Identifying and nurturing current and future leaders.
  • Cultivating intercultural leadership that is reflective of the diversity in our communities.
  • Supporting the education and development of lay and clerical leadership that builds both skills and Christian character.
  • Changing our management model to refocus time and resources on formation and grow gift-based ministry.

We will achieve this by:

  • Developing leaders (both clerical and lay) to lead the transformation of this Diocese.
  • Expanding the availability and practice of continuous education for both clergy and lay leaders.
  • Adopting new models of formation and diversity of leadership.

Working Group

  • The Rev. Canon Beth Benson (Chair)
  • The Ven. Kyn Barker
  • Bill Benson, ODT
  • Norah Bolton, ODT
  • Jean Glionna, ODT
  • Craig Gustafson
  • Chris Jones
  • The Rev. Geoff Sangwine
  • Nancy Truscott
  • Staff: Canon Mary Conliffe