By Stuart Mann
The Diocese of Toronto has a new strategic plan, called Growing in Christ, that will guide its work and the deployment of its resources over the next five years.
The plan, approved by Diocesan Council on June 23, casts a vision for the diocese and includes a mission statement, values and key focus areas.
“It builds on and strengthens what we’re already doing,” says Archbishop Colin Johnson. “It’s not a radical 180-degree change, it’s not even a 90-degree change, but it says that this is the direction we need to go in and this is how we need to align ourselves to get there. I think it’s very hopeful.”
The plan was developed over the past six months with input from more than 700 people, including bishops, clergy, laity and Diocesan Centre staff.
“There was a fairly significant agreement with what people told us,” says Archbishop Johnson. “The fact that people had the opportunity and were willing to participate is a really healthy sign for the life of the diocese. And all the input was considered.”
Growing in Christ presents a vision of the diocese to be “an Anglican community committed to proclaiming and embodying Jesus Christ through compassionate service, intelligent faith and Godly worship.”
The diocese’s mission is to “build healthy, missional Anglican communities that engage faithfully with the world and share the Gospel of Jesus Christ.”
Supporting the vision and mission are the core values – faith, compassion, collaboration, accountability and boldness – that will guide how decisions are made and how Anglicans will work and interact with each other.
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