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December 1, 2010
Dear Friends in Christ,Our second synod of the Anglican Diocese in New England was a great success! As we relived thehighlights of our 2009/2010 year, we rejoiced in the unity we saw demonstrated in the events this year:
the blessings of new ordinations in December and June, nine new deacons and priests with thenumber of clergy nearly doubling
reception of six new churches and missions
hosting the Provincial Council of the Anglican Church of North America (ACNA) and the Collegeof Bishops in June
the recognition of our New England Diocese and our bishop seated in the first service of investiture in the new province.
successful conference on Evangelism (Catch the Fire) in September
representation at the 3
Lausanne Congress on Global Evangelism in Cape Town South Africa(check out our website under News/Cape Town 2010 Highlights).In looking ahead, we brought our mission into sharper focus by agreeing to put our best resources intostrategic places of ministry development. We asked two questions, what business are we in? And how isbusiness? We agreed we are in the business of
(Matthew 28:19 -20) together. Ours is anessential partnership in mission in New England as Anglican Christians.
The Focus on Discipleship:
We recognize that the church does a lot of different things, but the basicbuilding block of a new diocese on mission is discipleship. It is the required focus for us if we are toreach New England with the transforming love of Jesus Christ.
Discipleship is accomplished when wehave trained a believer in the basic skills and practices of the historic orthodox Christian faith and theyhave trained another in the same. (IITim.2:2)
We are committed to do this together by pursuing thefollowing priorities of mission together.
Training all clergy and lay leaders in the same approach to disciple making each year.
Creating a partnership for mission between all diocesan churches and missions
Completing a Mission Partners Fund that will be an immediate cash resource for new churchstarts and an emergency cash reserve for the diocese
:To implement this mission of
“disciple making”, we are committed to
training all new deacons and asmany clergy and lay leaders as we can, in the process of leading
and then gather again April 30
to mark our progress. September 17
fall smallgroups for disciple making, with a review and celebration at the 3