In the Anglican church serving the community is a priority. Christians are to respond to human needs with caring and loving service. Such service has many faces and takes many forms through local and overseas outreach initiatives.
In the Wellington Diocese these include:
- family based initiatives
- child care centres and youth support programmes including at risk youth
- community faith nursing
- chaplaincies in hospitals, schools, prisons, universities, and in the workplace
- opportunity shops
- aged care homes
- programmes to support the unemployed, the abused, and the homeless
- emergency food outlets
- and education based initiatives through Anglican schools including reading recovery programmes and Christian Religious Education programmes in State schools
Overseas initiatives are a high priority where the aim is to meet the needs of the local population through education, health care, family welfare programmes, and building programmes. Establishing a new secondary school in Kagera, Tanzania is one such project the Wellington Diocese has spearheaded. www.edaid.org
So wherever there is a practical need in any community, local or overseas, the church responds with care and love, serving people of all ages, cultures and background.
The primary goal of the Mission Council is to prioritise, shape, direct and encourage
the church, as a whole in the Diocese, to prioritise the five-fold mission statement (see
under the heading Mission of Diocese).
More specifically, the key tasks of Mission Council are:
- to develop long term (mission focused) goals for the Diocese, for approval by Synod
- to determine what financial resources need to be allocated to meet those goals,
- to arrange the appointment of people to undertake particular projects in any area of mission in the Diocese, and to direct, monitor and support such appointments to ensure the successful completion of the project.
Mission Council comprises the Bishop and typically ten people, some elected at Synod and some appointed at Diocesan management level. Each person elected or appointed holds office for a term of two years. The Mission Council reports annually to Synod.
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