As the world around us changes, we are committed to looking forward and building a healthy Anglican community, responsive to God’s mission today and in the future.
What do you think of the plan, and how have you been using it?
It makes clear where we are trying to go
I think it’s an excellent plan. It moves us in all the directions we need to move in. It particularly influences how I talk to congregations when I’m working toward reconfigurations. It makes clear where we are trying to go, as a diocese. Sometimes parishes don’t understand how the diocese makes decisions, so the plan outlines what we’re trying to move to: evidence-based decision-making, a commitment to leadership development, faith-based resource management. It makes it transparent to everybody, so that the wishes of the diocese in the reconfiguration conversations are clear and up front. This gives everyone a solid foundation in our negotiations and hope for the future.
Diocesan volunteer facilitator for reconfiguration conversations
Church of St. Andrew, Scarborough
The move toward innovation and adaptability makes a lot of sense
In general, I think it’s a great plan, and I’ve seen it embodied in the efforts of my area bishop. I think the move toward innovation and adaptability makes a lot of sense. That is, as long as we are using adaptability and innovation as means to participate with God in the transformation of the world and not as the appropriation of neoliberal catchwords.
A second important area is leadership formation. My experience, as someone who responded to a somewhat non-traditional call to priestly ministry, was that the diocese was affirming of that call and encouraged me, but there wasn’t much in place in terms of formation. So what I see in the strategic plan is an attempt to create a more fulsome and diverse approach to ministry formation. Had this plan come into place a few years ago, I think I would have really benefitted from it.
Around the stewardship of resources, I think that leveraging real estate assets to support the mission of the church is a great idea. I would hope that it would also be an opportunity for us to think more broadly – and theologically – about land.
The Rev. Dr. Jason McKinney
Epiphany and St. Mark, Parkdale & The Jeremiah Community