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					DIOCESE OF ONTARIO ARCHDEACONRY CONFERENCE REPORT – HASTINGS/QUINTE
SUMMARY OF COMMENTS CARDS

JOY: WHAT IS GOD DOING IN YOUR CHURCH NOW THAT BRINGS YOU JOY?”

LEADERSHIP/SHARED MINISTRY
• New leadership and hope and team effort.
• He has provided us with two great wardens who are doing so much to help the church in many ways
  i.e. their leadership, their actions and willingness to take on and get jobs done.
• New leadership – hope.
• God has supplied us with a new minister that would seem to be just what we needed.
• Blessed us with wonderful part time priest.
• God has given us an articulate driven group of people who wish to see our churches and parish thrive
  and continue to grow for generations. They are open to see we need to keep growing to live on.
• Increasing fellowship and working together as a parish.
• Our parish priest is a leader, not controlling but accepting and wants to get to know each of us.
• All generations are working together in supporting various ministries within the church i.e.
  intergenerational services, older members helping with various events, youth helping with raking and
  cooking/baking for shut ins.
• A feeling of hope and leadership. A new ministry. When gathered together our church feels the Holy
  Spirit. Teamwork.
• Our parishioners have a real desire and zeal to work together.
• He has brought us a new priest to help lead us forward to even greater joy. He has given us the joy of
  worshipping and working together to make our church the symbol of this representative in our
  community. He has provided a focus for us to move together towards our common mission.
• A clergy person who is prepared to do the job for which he/she is hired.
• There has been a greater sense of joint responsibility and joint ministry (lay & clergy)this past year
• He’s there. I feel the love. He’s sent us a very able active caring and concerned leader that loves us.
• Expanding lay ownership of ministry and leadership.
• Causing people to work together in a friendly way.
• Keeps us together in a family. Provided an excellent part time minister. He is there. One can feel his
  presence.
• God’s plan that brings me joy is the way we all come together to make these happen.
• There are a number of committed individuals involved in activities of the parish.
• We have an experienced and very able rector, who reaches all people, young and old, a good leader.
  We have a few dedicated, hard-working people who love God and who try to do his work.
• We have an enthusiastic Sunday school teacher but a somewhat small group of children
• Attendance is improving. A new young mother has offered to restart our Sunday school.
• Involving laity in various ministries
• A group of us have recently become “pastoral care” workers. Rev Mel Talan has become a real blessing
  to us. We are fortunate to have capable and lively musicians. We have an active group of men
  maintaining the fabric or our church and hall
• Our minister is here experienced in a wider field than you would expect. He brings us the best that is
  needed to keep us together even though we are a small congregation.
• A good part time minister.
• Provided a priest who is an excellent fit with needs and character of the parish.


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CONFLICT AND CHANGE MANAGEMENT

•   In spite of major problems people in the congregation seem to be standing together.
•   God has in the last ten years created openness to the possibilities for change and move faithfully
    listening to opportunities to move deeper into the community.
•   Breaking down barriers as congregations merge to form a community of believers...

COMMUNICATION
*NO COMMENTS IN THIS CATEGORY

RESOURCING MINISTRY
• A sense of security in our finances.
• We now have a “new” priest that has come to us for a half time position which gives us the leadership
  that we need, at a cost that we can afford.
• Increased financial time, talent, generosity (higher average Sunday attendance & higher yearly
  income).
• Increased giving and healthier financial situation.

PROPERTY
•   Beginning of a recognition that our worship/ministry does not depend on the perpetuation of the
    physical assets (building, property etc.) we have always maintained.
•   God has blessed us with a beautiful building for us to come together as a church family.
•   Keeping our church viable and processing. Making it possible to meet repair costs.

FAITH/WORSHIP/LITURGY/MUSIC/PROGRAMS
•   Gives me the opportunity to renew, celebrate and practice my faith. Guides me in practicing my faith
    as a Christian.
•   Making the Sunday school more active and ‘present’ in the church.
•   It is friendly. Insightful sermons.
•   I love music and our choir is our inspiration.
•   We are having an informal but guided bible study in one home in our parish. Lay ministries are being
    identified, encouraged and supported.
•   We are working hard together to keep our church vibrant and viable. Music brings us joy. Fellowship
    brings us Joy.
•   Children’s Sunday school. CLASP. Children’s choir.
•   His presence during Sunday or other gatherings that make individuals members of a greater family to
    enjoy each other and their thoughts.
•   God is working with us to bring our parish together as one; we have multiple missions like Sunday
    school, youth group, play group etc. Where our parish is stretched out thin
•   Being present in his house joining him in prayer and praise. Knowing that he is present with us. Able
    to converse with him on a one to one basis with understanding and concern.
•   We are fortunate enough to experience amazing music each Sunday.
•   Most of our people enjoy the service and hymns on screen.
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•   An opportunity for worshipful association. A time for quiet reflections.
•   A traditional Anglican service. Good hard hitting sermons. Good fellowship. Beautiful place to
    worship.
•   Great ministry. Music. Fellowship.
•   The children’s talk at the beginning of our service (often as interesting as the sermon).
•   Good music. Our Sunday school is more active and growing. Excellent sermons.
•   I believe that God is guiding us to keep us working to keep our parish open and going. Therefore, I’m
    very happy to have a place to worship.
•   An increased interest in bible study.
•   New musical leadership and initiatives.

MISSION/VISION
•   Opening our leadership to the challenges facing the church. Calling us to cooperate and share in new
    ways which usually surprise and delight us. Calling us to consider what the community/world needs
    from us.

COMMUNITY
A) INTERNAL (PARISH COMMUNITY)
• The feeling of fellowship and family.
• We have a small and consistent group of parishioners that allow for a close knit feeling. Everyone
  knows each other so we have clear knowledge of each other’s gifts and therefore know who needs
  what and who can give what.
• God views and encourages us to be a true family. We care about and for each other. We share in each
  other’s joys and sorrows. We have mountains to climb, but we like to believe that if we climb them
  together, the journey will be simpler.
• Strong sense of community within our congregation - Beautiful friendships.
• Friendship, music, fellowship, helping others.
• A congregation – welcoming – positive in face of all trials facing us.
• The beginning of a recognition that each church is not a totally autonomous entity existing only of and
  for itself
• Our new joint group Heart of Hastings versus 3 individual parishes.
• The sense of unity we have among ourselves when we meet. Small groups meeting for support,
  education and spiritual growth.
• Our 3 point parish is no longer an experiment. No longer ‘they’ but ‘we’.
• We share such a sense of family that we look forward to seeing each other on Sunday mornings. The
  Eucharist is the family dinner.
• Mutual care of each other through phone calls, prayer, driving shut-ins to church events.
• A great deal of friendly fellowship. We are very much a family.
• More caring relationships between parishioners.
• Being part of a three church operation that helps support each other.




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B)   EXTERNAL (WIDER COMMUNITY)
• Support of Haiti orphanage. Support of local youth ctr. Support of food bank.
• Finally doing outreach outside the parish.
• We are giving to the community and getting some good public relations for that.
• Continuing contact with the community. The prayer quilt ministry is a bonafide celebration of the
  power of prayer. God is evolving how we are doing church.
• God is bringing our small group of people together with the priest to enjoy worship, work together
  and have fun doing so. God is allowing us to provide outreach to the community of Tweed through the
  use of our hall – Exercise group, Eastern Star, Alcoholics Anonymous etc.
• Spiritual growth of myself, others (prayer, bible study, fellowship, service to specific segments of our
  parish and community at large e.g. seniors, shut-ins).
• The gathering of people, and the fellowship to the community.
• Learning to care for one another – not just those in our individual churches within the parish.
• Community supper for individuals in community who live alone, need assistance or just wish to come.
  Free will offering if they wish. Overheads for some services.
• Meeting others & creating new fellowships. Helping the needy and troubled.
• Showing us ways to reach out and be a part of the community such as providing space and time for
  meetings such as preschool children & parents. Literacy help – reading camp, one on one – bring
  families together in sharing a family meal. Youth group meetings twice a month.
• Raising awareness of opportunities, give support and witness beyond the parish – love in action
• The hospitality that comes with our outreach “theme” dinners,
• Continues to call and gather faithful people in worship and in support of the needs of others – both in
  the parish and beyond.
• Willingness to search for a “galvanizing mission”.
• Suppers. An awesome piece of outreach.
• We also open our doors on a weekly basis
• Willingness to explore healing ministry. Increasing missional presence in our community. Historic
  diversity and inclusiveness of the Anglican Communion lets lots of people “in”.
• We have renewed our commitment to our fresh expression of church with starting again our weekly
  community supper - a great time of fellowship.
• Bringing new people into our fellowship. Peace and joy help to get through the day and to help others
  that need help.
• We host a regular community meal, open to all for free.
• We are reaching out to more members or our churches, the shut-ins and the lonely.
• Beginning projects that are not solely directed to maintenance but to future growth.
• We are learning to enjoy reaching out to needs in the community.
• CLASP – Christ Church Literacy after School Program. Helping 8 students with homework, math,
  reading and self esteem. Program has been going for a year and one half. It is a joy to work with the
  students and getting to know their parents. Most of the church group is involved; tutors, snack
  providers. This program has not cost the church more than $100 a year. It has inspired the church
  congregation and the community at large.




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DREAMS: “WHAT WOULD IT TAKE FOR YOUR PARISH TO EXPERIENCE THIS JOY MORE FULLY?

LEADERSHIP/SHARED MINISTRY
•   The ability of our parish to afford a full time ministry of our priest. More participation of parents and
    children and youth. More sharing of personal spiritual growth stories.
•   More commitment from more members of our congregation. • More participation by all, more leaders.
•   CLASP parent involvement in church – through singing or play.
•   Additional clergy – curate.
•   An overall plan that would encourage more people to become involved in activities – plan that looked
    at gifts of people and used these gifts based on what does God want us to do.
•   Increase opportunities for ministering to each other.
•   Continued clergy leadership that encourages and empowers lay involvement and more opportunities.
•   Increased involvement of our people in ministry, small groups (e.g. Bible study).
•   Getting more people involved.
•   Greater leadership from within and above to increase membership. Larger participation.
•   Regular church council meetings so members and congregation feel a part of decisions being made.
•   We need to encourage more of our congregation to take part more, to share the load.
•   Our parish currently needs decisive leadership and the clergy and lay-level to deepen its expression of
    love and ministry into the community.
•   Training and recognition for lay ministry and beyond the liturgy.
•   Need for more available volunteers – meaning more people from congregation and community.
•   In order to enjoy more fully, we could use more volunteers to make less work, this would allow less
    stress and commitment on the leaders allowing the rest of our parish and community to be more
    involved making our programs, missions and services a better success.
•   More people need to become involved in leadership from congregation and the community at large.
•   Laity willing/able/trained to see themselves as responsible for mission, self development, helping in
    the world (local and more broadly).


CONFLICT AND CHANGE MANAGEMENT
•   Willingness to step outside of comfort zones.
•   Less time for clergy “putting out fires” of little consequence and more time for pastoral care!!
•   For our priest to be able to spend more time in the parish and less time at diocesan meetings and
    putting out inefficient fires.
•   In effect, a crisis within the parish i.e. Building deterioration, leadership breakdown, etc. – that would
    force the congregations out of ingrained patters of thought and action and rethink church, building,
    witness in the community, ministry to both congregation and wider community.
•   More openness to “different” types of services.

COMMUNICATION
•   Better communication and understanding of others especially handicapped and one parent families.
    Accepting different views of religion in others not necessary in full agreement.
•   Perhaps more sharing through bible study and other sharing activities (fun, trials and tribulations,
    celebrations etc.)

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•   Broader communication among all of our parishioners. The advances in communication, e.g. Monthly
    financial updates, regular newsletters really help, but we need to be intentional about how we
    communicate and need to recognize the need to communicate to the community as well.
•   Certain symbols of the Anglican church of Canada are not promoted we should be proud of our
    religion. Examples would be the church crest on signage, lapel pins, and vehicle stickers.
•   Better advertising/communication so community can be aware of what we are doing/who we are.

RESOURCING MINISTRY
•   More money left at the church level to develop the programs we need – rather than Diocesan
    programs.
•   Keep focusing on year-round stewardship education.
•   Many people respond to requests for donations of food – they think of the church as a club as
    fundraisers, I think.
•   Not to have pressure of having to raise money for head office and so the more raised could stay within
    parish arena.
•   We would and could be more joyful as a parish family if our wardens realized that fiscal responsibility
    is a necessary part of a healthy parish. The parishioners need to know their financial position in the
    diocese and what they need to do to keep the parish viable.
•   More money. More people to share the load.

PROPERTY
*THERE WERE NO COMMENTS UNDER THIS SECTION

FAITH/WORSHIP/LITURGY/MUSIC/PROGRAMS
• Programs for youth.
•   More vibrant worship, especially music.
•   Commitment to intercessory prayer to shape the future.
•   I am sorry more people would not attend study groups.
•   Experimenting with ‘fresh expressions’ of church – respecting need of elders for continuity.
•   Effective sermons.

MISSION/VISION
•   We could experience these joys more fully if we could let go of the “us” and “them” mentality – both at
    the parish level and in our relationship with the diocese. When we start living and believing that we
    are all “on the same team” we can really be that window of God’s joy and light into the world.
•   A growing trust in God’s provision and plan for us. A clearer shared vision for our live and ministry.
•   Getting beyond crises of maintenance – aging church structures – perhaps evaluation of long term
    needs.
•   More focused mission both locally and diocese wide.




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COMMUNITY

A) INTERNAL (PARISH COMMUNITY)
• Thinking as one not three
•    Increasing our trust in one another enough to share pastoral care, bible study, communications etc.
     (like worship!)
•    Be more open. Visiting parishioners.
•    Parishioners coming back that have left in the past ten years. More feeling for the clergy. Outreach in
     the community not too lacking. Parish life needs more connect.

B)   EXTERNAL (WIDER COMMUNITY)
• More outreach events. Perhaps goodwill dinners for the more marginalized within our community.
• Of course we would like more people to share the family meal with us. We need to be seen in the
  community – active involvement in the community would set an example and perhaps encourage
  more people to join us.
• Increase congregation. More awareness of our church. Outreach. Parish visiting. Activities for all
  community participation.
• Ask stakeholders in our community how we can help. Focus on people as God’s children not on what
  they believe (or what they can contribute financially).
• Have new members. Come together as one church in the community – forget denominations.
• More young families. A better awareness of our church within the community at large. More programs
  to help the outsiders.
• Need to look at changing needs of our community. There is real joy in meeting needs.
• See ourselves as missionaries, beginning in transforming our homes lives, family life, then neighbors
  and parish.
• People to be less busy or feel the need to come to church. To maybe feel less challenged regarding
  church rituals.
• More people. More awareness. More outreach – with many churches in town – hard to get people.
• Things would be easier if we could encourage more families, especially young ones to participate
  more actively in the activities of the church. These may be existing members who are not terribly
  active or brand new ones.
• If we were able to expand the program (CLASP) Christ Church Literacy after School Program. If more
  tutors were available or we could engage more parents in this program.
• We’ve started to be more welcoming but I think we could do more this way. Perhaps by having some
  “informal” services.
• Increased attendance. Attract younger people. Having young people groups.
• Helping to get more people coming to church.
• Continue to reach out to others.
• More community involvement. Look for ways to interact with marginal members of our parish or not
  related to any church.
• To engage the local secular community in conversation and offer a presence in such a way as to walk
  with them on the journey of life.
• I believe if our parish worked to embrace the culture of the community and worked with
  organizations already running. It would be more efficient and the whole community would receive

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  growth and development. There are other groups (religions) doing great things in a similar agenda
  just different technique. Let’s all work together to do God’s work.
• Bring more people into our church.
• Create more or increased membership. Enhance finances. Reduce business’s operating on Sundays.
• Maybe more involvement in “community” projects – sometimes a little more recognition in what is
  actually being done.
• Larger congregations. More young people (families).
• More external community involvement – ecumenical, reach out to those experiencing poverty etc.
• An outward focus. A clear definition of mission and purpose. More money set aside for outreach.
• More families/outreach to families. Desire to “do what it takes” to try and attract people.
• Better interaction within the community. More inclusive of all members of the church (this is
  starting). Group of fellowship within all churches – there is no ‘I’ in church.
• I would love to see our parish working together to help our community in an outreach that would
  help local families with various needs. I.e. Homework club (retired teachers and youth helping with
  studies).
• Give to, and do more for, the people outside our church.
• Need for visitation of the shut-ins. Taking communion to shut-ins regularly.
• More young people. To come and hear him preach to word of the lord.
• More young people in Sunday school. Teaming more with other churches in community.




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FEARS: “What are the obstacles and fears that block your Parish and the diocese from
experiencing that joy?”

LEADERSHIP/SHARED MINISTRY
• Clergy that believe only they know correct procedures, liturgy, common law and will not listen to
  council members or members of the congregations point of view. Clergy who are micro managers.
• The obstacles missing in our parish is strong leadership from the corporation & improvement of the
  parish to help make the day to day business of the parish meaningful on a spiritual ownership level.
• Parish joy is lacking due to lack of leadership. Not connecting with the Diocese.
• More participation needed.
• One main factor that places obstacles in our parish is being overworked or burning out our key
  leaders in our church. We are trying to meet the needs of our community with a small group of
  individuals.
• Support from leadership as to implementation. Volunteers already much involved. Need for new
  people/volunteers. Hence leading to more support – physical and prayers.
• We lack stability and direction because of the lack of a permanent priest.
• Many years of training by clergy that laity don’t need to exercise ministry.
• •We are getting older and cannot physically do all the work. We can’t seem to encourage many
  younger people to come, or children.
• Too high expectations of too few leaders (i.e. wardens, clergy).
• Change in priest appointment being imposed.
• Time commitments for our parishioners means that manual work often falls to a few.

CONFLICT AND CHANGE MANAGEMENT
• A need for more cohesion within the church - lack of identity.
• Uncertainty about the future. Resistance to change.
• Accepting everyone within the church and community especially gay and lesbian partners.
• General feeling that of “we can’t/don’t want” to change.
• Obstacles and fears can all go back to past history and lack of trust. As we get to know one another
  better & trust increased, past history is still there but diminishes as a factor.
• We are very constrained by rules (or habit – we’ve always done it this way)
• Too many think of church as being for Sunday only. Older folks do not want to be out at night in
  inclement weather. More people attend less in summer – cottages, holidays etc.
• The fortress mentality (us against them, us against diocese, us against community) that ingrains
  status quo and prevents involvement of new people, new ideas, recognition of the “wider church”
  community etc. and even prevents forward movement and contributes to stagnation.
• We are a very private people.
• Our particular parish has been through some challenging times. We need to find a way to get past the
  hurt and distrust that are still present. Present a united front both in the parish and in the community.
  We’ve lost touch with a lot of our people.
• Diehard Anglicans that can’t change their thinking.
• If you don’t know each other well it’s difficult to share. The “them and us” situation.
• Diversity within the congregation that is both a curse and a blessing – different groups want to move
  in different directions. Different priorities.
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• We have a very lively membership, those who do participate, but increased membership would bring
  different perspectives and ideas to the church.
• We have people who hang onto traditions for the sake of traditions because it is comfortable. Some
  fear if we open our hearts/minds and ideas to much we will crumble. They don’t have faith that God is
  showing us not all traditions of the past are working. The pews are empty.
• Members who fear losing the control that they have in the past assumed. Are unable and unwilling to
  look to the future and resent change and other opinions.
• People who refuse to look at the bigger picture and take things/issues personally.
• It seems to me that a lot of people are afraid of change.
• Fear of change in all areas of our life together. Little sense of mission as Christ’s church and people. •
  Fear of trying something new.
• Parish can easily turn in on itself and forget the community around the church.
• Diversity of expectations. Elders for safety and younger members’ expectations of adoption. Rural
  community – small and aging population. Fear of investing in visionary ministry. Fear of doing things
  that are not seen as ‘Anglican’.

COMMUNICATION
•   Lack of trust and communication are the obstacles on a diocesan level that keep parishes from seeing
    the diocese as anything but suspect.
•   Need communication from leadership regarding where we are going (guiding principles).
•   Communications – keeping everyone involved not just an elite group. Not being accepted for various
    reasons e.g. life styles, finance, and race. Listening to everyone’s point of view – maybe not always
    accepted or workable.
•   Discomfort with new ways of communications.
•   Too many silos – we could learn more from each other’s congregation. Communication is an issue.

RESOURCING MINISTRY
•   The percentage that is required by the Diocese.
•   We are lacking for funds to do more, as we cannot pay our “CMM” fully, and are continually concerned
    with how to get more money, people in the church etc. This seems to become the main focus of almost
    all our meetings.
•   Inadequate funds. CMM process opaque and too burdensome.
•   Lack of available funds and/or human resources to create new family programming that would allow
    outreach to community families.
•   not enough money(or perception thereof)
•   Apportionment formulae. Each church is a “business” and needs certain deductions, i.e. heating,
    electric, etc. (utilities) before amount submitted to apportionment. The Diocese office often is the
    obstacle to parishes top down vs. bottom up engagement.
•   Lack of personal finances.
•   Worries regarding Finance seem to be involved with basic maintenance. Not able to look beyond
    except for stop gap measures.
•   The Diocese is often an obstacle rather than an assistant. As operating expenses continue to increase
    and numbers decrease, more money needs to stay at the church vs. the Diocese, where it is needed to
    survive. If churches/parishes fail – eventually there will be no Diocese.

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•    The church is always asking for money
•    That we will run out of reserve money before our upward trend can make our parish sustainable.
     That the gifts God has given us will not be fully released in the power of the spirit of Jesus Christ.
•    I believe our debt that we have is really dragging us down. Like a sinking ship we need a new
     direction on budget.
•    We seem to be constantly trying to raise funds.
•    Finances unfortunately do become our obstacles and fears - which is actually a spiritual issue of not
     trusting in God’s generosity and abundance.
•    Lack of funding and getting more people involved in the church.
•    Lack of resources (people, funds and time) which move the faithful from inside the church community
     to functioning as faithful in community (presence in community).
•    Financial insecurity and lack of stewardship education.

PROPERTY
*THERE WERE NO COMMENTS UNDER THIS SECTION

FAITH/WORSHIP/LITURGY/MUSIC
• More upbeat/relevant sermons.
•    Sharing stories and praying together. Relating the bible to our everyday experiences.
•    Perhaps a different format of service more geared to the youth.

MISSION/VISION
•    No united/focused vision. Too inwardly focused. Lay sense of mission focused on preservation not
     outreach.
•    Overall sense of vision and leadership needed to move forward in new directions (i.e. – harness the
     energy and continue to move forward)

COMMUNITY

A) INTERNAL (PARISH COMMUNITY)
     •   Fear of closing.
     •   Our parish would be more joyful in our ministries if our two points were more connected. We also
         feel a large disconnect between our 8am and 10:30am Sunday services.
     •   Fear of decline or failure. Doubt in our value and place in our community, society.

B)   EXTERNAL (WIDER COMMUNITY)
     •   Changes in society life. Commitment not part of younger life. Church life changes.
     •   Changes in society life. Changes in our congregation family. No church commitment of our younger
         generation.
     •   Parental involvement. Community involvement.
     •   Changes of society – God is not part of everyday living with many people. Attitude – do not need to
         go to church to feel that God is there. Work – families have no time with both working.
     •   Modern day technology has become more powerful that the simple word of the Lord
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    • Changes in society life.
    • The obstacles with our parish in getting young people out to church regularly.
    • Fear of organized religion. Fear of commitment.
    • The will to put together an after school program in literacy. Need prayer coaches and local school
      involvement.
    • A lack of younger people to carry out programs.
    • Family life is too busy (weekend sports, tournaments etc). Monetary Issues.
    • Sunday shopping. Sunday Sports. A need for God’s comfort and support.
    • Better ties to our regional church family.

DEMOGRAPHICS
•   Increasing costs & decreasing membership (aging congregations) are a matter of concern.
•   Obstacles –. Aging congregation
•   We have an aging congregation with no young families which gives us real concerns for the future of
    our church.
•   Aging congregation not enough young people coming to church.
•   Aging population with very few coming up through the ranks to replace those who are passing on




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ACTIONS: What would bring hope in individuals? What action(s) on the part of the
Parish, what action(s) on the part of the Diocese would you like to see?

LEADERSHIP/SHARED MINISTRY
PARISH:
•   Leadership – clergy and laity working together with an open mind toward the “certain goal”.
•   Full time ministry and increase in younger families
•   Regularly coming together in Archdeaconry conferences.
•   We all have expertise and just need to be asked not only invited.
•   Move towards a shared mission between parishes and within (ecumenical) other local churches,
    thereby larger Christian voice in the secular world.
•   Visible support of clergy.
•   Continued shared and open leadership.
•   Promote involvement through information and discussion on how we can share resources and
    leadership with neighbors.
•   a corporation that totally understands it’s role and a warden not making unilateral decisions for our
    parish
•   Where clergy work in clear partnership. Laity – broadening ministry of laity. Consider decision
    making where leadership is shared.
•   Allow the leaders of each church to provide what their church needs. Set a loose set of parameters
    keeping the word of the lord intact but allow the churches to grow as needed. For the leaders in the
    church (wardens, clergy etc) there needs to be a regular conversation. A 7 day a week relationship.
    Quit working like the federal government – a body of individuals making irrelevant rules not in touch
    with the real lives of us people.
•   Find a way to bring out two point parish under one corporation. 1 treasurer, 1 set of wardens etc.
•   A willingness of more members to become involved in leadership

DIOCESE:
• Joy in our service and life and events thus helping each other. Getting together for workshops etc with
  diocese listening to our struggles.
• For the diocese to actively and in a committed way, follow up on these meetings.
• Strategic analysis consolidation and financial planning. Perhaps there should be consolidation and
  fine tuning among Dioceses.
• Lay reader’s summer school inviting the laity.
• Mentorship and training education for laity and priests readily available (not always in Kingston).
  Therefore, able to reach more of parish.
• Training sessions for our wardens re. Roles and legal responsibilities.
• Diocese – needs a more interactive, hands-on approach in each parish. They are out of touch with our
  parishioners’ needs and the relevancy in our lives.




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CONFLICT AND CHANGE MANAGEMENT
PARISH:
•   Willingness to take risks at both the parish and the diocesan level – being radical even as Jesus was
    radical!
•   Every person commit for no less than 1 year to speak only positively about the church and fellow
    parishioners.
•   Be more open to change and growth.
•   Allow the change necessary to make us attractive to more members of our community and to enjoy
    what we have and what we do together.
DIOCESE:
•   Judge as you shall be judged.
•   To clearly and positively support the clergy, especially in times of discord and conflict.
•   The Diocesan structure (offices of 90 Johnson Street). Conduct a critical review of itself, in light of the
    strategic plan; with the boldness to act on what it finds (Do to itself what it is asking parishes to do).

COMMUNICATION
PARISH:
• Having a forum within our congregation for people to give us their concerns – To have us listen and
  for them to know we care.
• Better governance and communication would allow for all groups and members of the parish to be
  heard and embraced. This would lead to a more unified church.
• Shared communication/unity within churches in the parish
• communication that notes challenges are in hand
• Better communication, perhaps a newsletter between three points of parish. More dialogue among us.
• Unity, shared communication between all points and within the congregation.
• Listen to good news stories of how to build the church and flourish.
DIOCESE:
•   More informative communication between churches.
•   To have some sense that the Diocese understands how hard we work to make ends meet financially.
•   All churches should be made aware of issues and the understanding that we will be included in the
    help needed as an individual – we are all important.
•   Parish and diocese better dialogue. More informative communications between churches.
•   There is a sense that giving more to the common plate benefits the diocese but not the parish. Joint.
    Open and honest communication between each parish and the diocesan office is essential, not
    optional.
•   We need relief of being always in debt – our green sheets are not always fair, our debt has to be
    addressed. Kingston from our church is so far away that we may see the Bishop or Archdeacon once a
    year. We mainly deal with financial problems. We get very little assistance in that direction. Possibly
    direct a little more our way spiritually rather than green sheets.
•   A renewed commitment that the diocesan leadership be more physically present in each parish –
    further improving personal relations. Therefore eliminating or cutting down on the “us and them”
    mentality.


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•   I feel that we should bring back regional meetings to act as a medium or sounding board between
    parishes and the Diocese so we have an accurate and timely disposition or our problems and goals
    respectively as they happen. I.e. How Diocesan decisions impact the parish.
•   A closer tie (more communication) with the diocese could be helpful. Having parishioners know more
    about what takes place at the top level. Especially where money’s are spent. And likewise the Bishop
    and staff should be more aware of each parish’s particular problems or advantages.
•   A more speedy recognition of the challenges experienced at the parish level and an acknowledgement
    that something is being done (considered).
•   Better understanding of all issues faced by parishes. Hope that diocese understands parish need and
    work together for a solution.
•   The Diocese needs an appreciation of the small struggling church and how it fits into the Diocese.
•   Creating a regular forum for consultation and communication between the diocese and its leadership
    (perhaps like the old regional assemblies) that would share ministry, leadership, worship, best
    practices.
•   Becoming more transparent and more openly communicative in its administration. Develop a more
    collaborative approach with the parish so that “our shared ministry” really is seen as just that –
    shared – and which both parish and diocese buy into and commit to.
•   To have more dialogue between parishioners and diocese.
•   The Diocese needs to build a better relationship with the parishes to help us understand why the
    system functions the way it does.



RESOURCING MINISTRY
PARISH:
• re-evaluate current programs and activities to ensure they are responding to the needs of the
    parishioners and the community
•   feel they could service their church without the feeling of not meeting their commitments

DIOCESE:
•   Reduction in share of apportionment “when god can do the work with10% how come Diocese needs
    25-26% for same”. Reassess stewardship – duties of office.
•   Diocese: re-evaluate current programs and funding formula to determine if necessary and relevant in
    order to help reduce financial burden on individual parishes.
•   Prayer for the financial viability of the local church. Cut back on financial burden on local parishes by
    way of Diocesan amalgamation and reduced staffing.
•   To be in a position where they did not need the over and above support of the parishes.
•   Taking leadership in breaking down the barriers, silos or compartments that exist among our
    parishes. Parish groupings, shared ministry, determining what we can do better together than apart.
    Clergy deployment needs to be examined in the same light. Rather than a healthy picture being one
    parish – one priest, we need to look at matching gifts, talents, needs and numbers of personnel to the
    parish or area. Stipends paid need to be in terms of Diocesan wide not just parish based, e.g.
    Experience goes where it is needed not afforded.
•   Fund marginal parishes if a 3-5 year plan could produce a positive change.

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• If they used the 25% more effectively to support parishes.
• Annual assessment of apportionment for each church.
• Restructuring of the Diocese in such areas as administration. I.e. Cut costs, so smaller parishes can
  survive.
• Efforts by the church i.e. to raise funds to meet required money needs not be apportioned by the
  diocese to defeat or discourage said effort.
• Pray that the parish maintain/increase financial viability. Diocese needs to trim the fat. Office staff?
  Overlapping of duties (paid jobs) between dioceses.
• Give more financial support by taking less from local church funds “people give up to 10%” “Diocese
  takes 26%”.
• Parishes with Diocese should develop plans to stop deficit spending and drawing down reserve funds
  within one year.
• A re-structuring that will be lean and focused. Designed to effectively resource parishes, not directed
  outside to Lambeth, etc.
• Base CMM on revenues not expenses. Exclude donations for outreach at the parish level from the
  CMM calculations. Balance diocese vs. local outreach in favour of local action.
• Reduce the CMM% to those that need it. Especially rural churches as they are not likely to take
  advantage of diocesan programs.
• Financial obligations considered to help each and every parish move forward from financial stress.
• Prepare a plan for the day the church goes bankrupt. Reveal their plan for the day the church goes
  bankrupt.
• Need to change the CMM calculation to take only the excess of givings over the actual operating costs
  of the parish. This must, likely, involve a diocese restructuring.
• Annually assess apportionment of each church. • Diocese – open discussion and communication with
  the parish on ways to provide ministry to the parishes on an affordable basis – we can’t meet our
  CMM requirements.
• Burden of CMM is too great for us to survive.
• Financial downsizing and placing resources back into frontline ministry in the congregations where
  ministry takes place more effectively.


PROPERTY
PARISH:

DIOCESE:
•   I am wondering how many people realize the problem some of us have in participating in services at
    the cathedral. Antiquated restroom facilities. Too few to accommodate an influx of visitors.


FAITH/WORSHIP/LITURGY/MUSIC/PROGRAMS

PARISH:
•   For the parish to develop and enthusiastically participate in small group ministry
•   Relax and update our services. Still far too formal and stiff.
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•   Incorporate in worship a “sharing” of lay people of faith journey happening.
•   More weekday social activities. Less ancient music. Promote area activities for children. Weekday
    evenings (too many kids are not available at weekends due to sports.
•   My parish could be a B.A.S. service more often to please the younger parishioners who are the future.

DIOCESE:
• A change in forms of worship.

MISSION/VISION
PARISH:
• We need a mission (Identity!) e.g. the food bank is “United”. Monthly lunches are “Salvation Army”
  what are we? Nothing for potential new members to identify with.
• A focus group to have a discussion and planning session following today. Using feedback info (would
  consist of clergy, church council, and team leaders). Develop on or two implementation plans.
• Decision collectively (not consensus, rather collaboration) on what our local ministry, witness, and
  evangelism really is and how that can integrate with the thrust of the diocese – and then follow
  through with everyone on the same page.
• Clear vision and mission reflecting needs, hopes, skills of parishioner – able to be translated into
  actions doable and measureable.
• Well defined “Mission” that meets the needs of local church and community.
• an effective mission/values process to come up with an agreed mission with measurable, kingdom
  oriented results
• We should develop a clear 2 to 5 year plan – alterable as the years progress.
• Commitment and rededication to the clear teaching of scripture – ability to clearly state the truth and
  meaningfully and graciously challenge our culture and show them the gifts of new life Jesus has to
  offer.
• Perhaps we should list our fears for our church future and examine and propose ideas that we could
  use to confront those fears.
DIOCESE:
•   Bishop/Diocese with parishes to grasp anew the compelling vision of church and mission to which
    God calls us.
•   Mission building exercises that build a common diocesan vision that can be embraced by all and
    developed.
•   Seriously enter dialogue on shifting priorities from maintaining costly, unsupportable diocesan
    structures – to supporting dynamic centres of energy in the parishes. Continuity, affirming symbols,
    liturgy music that is a familiar and effective portal for spiritual renewal and innovation which
    responds to the culture of a new generation.

COMMUNITY

A) INTERNAL (PARISH COMMUNITY)
    PARISH:

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    •   Parish - focused effort to provide ministry and pastoral care to every person on our parish list –
        clergy/lay initiative with an organized approach – continuous follow up.
    •   Amalgamating our congregations into one so we could focus on unity in mission, outreach and
        worship.
    •   Encourage a social group within the church that would make others wish to join for the social
        aspect and perhaps stay for the church activities. Encourage the ministers to participate and in so
        doing the congregation will be friends not just congregation members.
    •   To strengthen a sense of cohesion and involvement within the congregation.

    DIOCESE:
    • Leave more money at local level for work in the community!
    • Become more visible within the community. More programs for community help.

B) EXTERNAL (WIDER COMMUNITY)
    PARISH:
    •   More helping other churches. More outgoing to help more people.
    •   Improvement of the entire congregation and thinking of others not just ourselves.
    •   Have regular community events such as concerts, speakers, forums that everyone in the area
        would be interested in attending.
    •   A few well-defined outwardly focused projects that demonstrate that we care about the
        community at large in practical, useful ways.
    •   Increase in younger families.
    •   Invite people in.
    •   Talk the talk – you would talk about a good movie, talk about what we’re doing at church and
        make it worth talking about like “messy church” etc
    •   Outreach to community, present members to all work together for one goal.
    •   Being able to reach others outside our church. As a joyful church be able to reach the Diocese with
        our joy for others.

    DIOCESE:
    • Support the parishes with more direct assistance in evangelism on an ongoing basis such as
       workshops, speakers etc in each parish as many people in each congregation will not travel to
       other parishes for these types of events.
    • Develop a plan to help increase growth of young and old members in the church.




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