Vision Passion Action Phase 2 Implementation VPA In Action History – 2005 Call to Conversation: 16 gatherings – 2006 Workgroups develop plans: Identity, Discipleship/Evangelism, Conflict – 2007 Phase 1: Developed Purpose, Goals & Guiding Principles – 2008+ Phase 2: Alignment - Determine how we live into our vision and guiding principles while making progress on goals. How do we Align with our Purpose? Alignment with our vision will depend on 2 things: – What we focus on – How we work together In January 2009 Synod Council met to consider these questions. What we focus on GOALS VPA Goals • Identity • Discipleship • Evangelism • Congregational Health • Connections Focus After review current synod activities, three potential priorities emerged: – Connections (lay leaders, congregations, conferences, ministries) – Healthy Leaders & Congregations – Faith Formation in congregations Specific attention to each of these areas will build capacity for future efforts. How we work together Relationships & Roles Relationships: Old ELCA Synod Congregations Accompaniment Accompaniment means walking together in solidarity, characterized by mutuality and interdependence. In this walk we share gifts, experiences, and resources, but also advice and admonition that will assist both companions for expanding and deepening the capacity for ministry. Relationships: New Road to Relationship Obstacles along the Road to Relationship Relationships Role Models Localized Centralized Activities coordinated Activities coordinated by members. by synod. Money goes from Money goes through congregations to synod to ministries. ministries. Roles Localized Centralized •No one place is better than another. •Line moves with the needs and strength of synod Weak Relationships & Roles Localized Centralized •Core functions not •Big Brother adequately funded •Little say in decisions •Flavor of the day •Little accountability funding •Feel out of touch •Synod dumping •Vote with wallet responsibility on congregations •Congregations unsuppored Strong Relationships & Roles Localized Centralized •Congregations choose •Ministry support priorities & resource them centralized and stable •Congregations •Less need for ministries collaborate to meet local fundraising emerging needs •Less duplication of •Congregations feel effort connected and supported •More sharing across •People feel empowered ministries •Economies of scale •People feel supported Next Steps • Improve relationships within synod structure • Strengthen conferences and clarify role of conference Deans • Council make recommendations about changes to assembly in 2010. • Will you accompany me?
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