Strengths & Challenges
[These 2 areas were explored
at 17 Focus Groups around the Diocese, and individual answers sent by eMail,
to the same questions, in January, 2007. The characteristics under each
question are a compilation of what was heard by members of the Search Committee]
- The congregations believe that the total ministry
concept is working well in the diocese; parishes are able to accomplish
their individual goals and missions without the “micromanagement” from
Communication throughout the Diocese is better
than it has ever been.
District meetings facilitate positive communication.
- There is more of a sense of positive
communication between the parishes in the northern and
southern regions of the state.
- We should continue to explore creative
ways of communicating throughout the Diocese.
- The Diocesan office (leadership and staff)
is providing better support to the parishes than in the past.
- We as parishioners are being asked “what
- We see improved fellowship within and among
- Outreach to the community, within the parish,
and between parishes has improved.
Sharing of clergy resources is seen as beneficial
throughout the Diocese.
within the Diocese still needs to improve. The level of satisfaction varies among the parishes regarding
the communication of information from the Diocesan staff.
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- Diocesan web pages are outdated and not
as beneficial to parishioners as they should be.
- There is dissatisfaction with the level of
involvement of youth in most parishes within the Diocese – we
need to grow that component of our Church – get youth back
into the Church.
The following are seen as significant factors
in the lack of youth involvement:
- Lack of adequate youth programs
- Lack of the sharing of ideas among
parishes about strategies that do and do not work
- Diocesan finances are questioned both from
the perspective of insufficient support from the Diocesan office
to the parishes and from a lack of understanding of what the parishes
are “getting back” from the financial support that they
give to the Diocese.
- The education programs for clergy and laity
in the Diocese are not sufficient.
- Galilee is under utilized and the infrastructure