2ability to see across boundaries between communities.
This Budget Proposal reflects extensiveconsultations with staff, directed by the Chief Operating Officer, Bishop Stacy Sauls. Theprocess reflects a selfless and kenotic approach to the wellbeing of the whole Church, to which Iknow they are deeply committed.The strategic and spiritual principle of this Budget Proposal is that the Church is mosttruly itself, the Body of Christ, when it lives and breathes mission. Indeed, our baptismalidentity is grounded in commitment to mission and in the assurance that in our faithful pursuit of that mission God will bless both us and our work.As Episcopalians we have a shared understanding of mission: to restore all people tounity with God and each other in Christ.
Paul reminds us that God has given us the ministry of reconciliation,
but as the body is composed of many members with varied gifts, differentmethods and approaches are required.
Some of us look to the Great Commission
for primarydefinitions of mission; others, to Jesus’ mission statement,
or Jesus’ call to care for “the least of these.”
The variety is reflective of our Anglican ethos, yet together in Christ we have onemission and we pursue it as we pray and worship, proclaim the Gospel, and promote justice,peace, and love.
The Presiding Bishop’s Budget Proposal takes mission as its organizing principle anduses the Five Marks of Mission
endorsed by the General Convention
as the strategic
For example, program staff currently work with at least 130 committees and local networks
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BCP, p 855
Articulated by the Anglican Consultative Council in 1984 and 1990:http://www.anglicancommunion.org/ministry/mission/fivemarks.cfm
2009 Resolution D-027