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Vision of the Diocese  

The broader mission of the Diocese is summed up in the five-fold statement of the Anglican Church world-wide:
  • to proclaim the good news of God’s reconciling love in Jesus Christ;
  • to baptize and nurture those who come to faith in Christ;
  • to respond to human needs with caring and loving service;
  • to work for the transformation of society according to God’s values;
  • to strive to safeguard, sustain and nurture the environment and the physical world we live in.

At the Wellington Diocesan Synod in 2009, the following Visioning Statement was passed, after consultation at Regional Meetings throughout the Diocese, and debate at Synod:

1    To be a vibrant, spiritual and co-ordinated Christian faith community that reaches out and transforms our world by:

(a) building a strong foundation in personal spirituality

(b) building and supporting a robust ordained ministry

(c) empowering and educating the laity

(d) creating the future in children, youth, schools and families

(e) proclaiming the Gospel within our community and beyond

(f) being a strong voice for justice in our community

(g) thinking and acting as a unified Diocese

2    Asks each Mission Unit to prepare a mission and ministry plan to present to their Regional Archdeacon and Archdeaconry by the end of each year.

3    Asks each Regional Archdeacon to present to the Bishop and Archdeacons Meeting by April each year a detailed plan of the way in which the Mission Units are working together more closely.

4    Asks the 3M’s and the Regional Archdeacons to meet annually to review Mission Unit reports, to highlight any issues that may arise, and to work together to meet the needs of the Mission Units.

5    Asks that all Appreciative Inquiry Reviews in the Diocese from January 2010 be focused on the components of the Diocesan Vision Statement.

6    Asks Synod to approve a Diocesan-wide consultation on Mission, Ministry and Management every five years, and includes the financial provision for this as a Budget item.

Background

At the 2008 Synod, the Temples and Tabernacles group was charged as follows:

THAT Temples and Tabernacles in conjunction with the 3M’s, prepare and organise a Diocesan Visioning Day early in 2009, with a view to presenting a Strategic Mission and Ministry Plan to Synod 2009

In May 2009, a Diocesan visioning weekend was held in Palmerston North and attended by over 300 clergy and lay members of the Diocese.

On Friday night Bishop Victoria Matthews, Bishop of Christchurch, challenged us with a keynote speech.

The next day we used open space technology and volunteers nominated topics they were interested in discussing. People were free to attend any groups they were interested in and each group produced a sheet of recommendations. The 62 topics that resulted were rated at the end of the day with red stickers by those who attended, on their importance as part of a Diocesan Strategy. The recommendations, and their ‘red dot’ count are available as pdf files. Please note that the text is as from the notes that were returned by the discussion groups other than minor edits for clarity.

On the Sunday a smaller group — mainly the 3M and ministry groups — used the same process to combine the themes into a manageable list, with reference to the results from Saturday. The 11 summaries that resulted from this process are also available as pdfs. A shorter list of key issues was also compiled.

The May visioning results were further discussed at all the regional pre-synod meetings.

Temples and Tabernacles group has, with support and input from Bishop Tom, synthesised the discussion and brought the motion below to Synod 2009:

TEMPLES AND TABERNACLES

MOTION - Archdeacon Monty Black, Rev Derek Keatley
(monty@onslowanglicans.org.nz 06 355 4508)

THAT this Synod receives the recommendations of the Diocesan Visioning Day as shaped by the 3M’s and Regional Archdeaconry Conferences, namely:

1    To be a vibrant, spiritual and co-ordinated Christian faith community that reaches out and transforms our world by:

(a) building a strong foundation in personal spirituality

(b) building and supporting a robust ordained ministry

(c) empowering and educating the laity

(d) creating the future in children, youth, schools and families

(e) being a strong voice for justice in our community

(f) thinking and acting as a unified Diocese

2    Asks each Ministry Unit to prepare a mission and ministry plan to present to their Regional Archdeacon and Archdeaconry by the end of each year

3    Asks each Regional Archdeacon to present to the Bishop and Archdeacons Meeting by April each year a detailed plan of the way in which the Ministry Units are working together more closely

4    Asks each of the 3M’s to be available to assist the whole Diocese in this process

5    Asks that all Appreciative Inquiry Reviews in the Diocese from January 2010 be focused on the components of the Diocesan Vision Statement

6    Asks Synod to approve a Diocesan-wide consultation on Mission, Ministry and Management every five years, and includes the financial provision for this as a Budget item

 

A full list of topics and details can found by following the link:   Topics  >

 


Below are some photos taken during the weekend.

 

 

And on Sunday.....

 

 





No reira waiho ko te aroha o Te Matua Kaha Rawa hei korowai mou.
May the love of Almighty God enfold you!