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Friday, October 28, 2011

Communication #2 From The Strategic Plan Implementation Group

The Strategic Plan Implementation Group met on Thursday October 27, 2011 with a full agenda.  During the meeting the Group:

  • Heard a report from the Venerable Richard Salt about his ministry during the past month.
  • Heard feedback from around the diocese about the progress of The Prodigal God study.  The feedback was largely positive. An evaluation sheet that will be sent to clergy toward the end of the study was reviewed.
  • Discussed possible canonical changes as it related to the realignment, reorganization and disestablishment of parishes and about the governance of large multi-point parishes. Further work will be done on this matter.  
  • Was requested to propose a policy to the Bishops and the Diocesan Council about the advisability of the establishment of new columbaria and scattering grounds for ashes in and on church property.  After a lively discussion of the matter a small group was appointed to consider the matter and to report back to the larger committee.
  • Heard the plans for the two Clergy Days to be held in the first half of 2012 and continued its discussion of the agenda for the Lay Leadership days to be held in the new year.  Each of the clergy days will be split into two sections with one part of the agenda dealing with the plans for a capital campaign for the diocese and the other part looking at Three P's of Strategic Planning.  The Rev. Paul Borthistle from the Diocese of New Westminster will be the theme speaker for the January clergy day.
  • Responded positively to a request to appoint one of its members to join a committee established by A & F to look at Guidelines for responding to requests for Grants and Loans.
  • Heard presentations from The Venerable Willi Kammerer and Canon Sue Tite about the current processes used to discern the vocation of those who present themselves as candidates for ordination and about the current practices used for the selection and appointment of clergy to parishes. In light of the second major thrust of the strategic plan (focus on human resources) a lively conversation ensued about the needs of the diocese and how the discerning and training process of new ordinands could better serve those needs. This work on thrust #2 of the strategic plan will continue at the next meeting.

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