Vision Passion Action
VPA In Action
– 2005 Call to Conversation: 16 gatherings
– 2006 Workgroups develop plans: Identity,
– 2007 Phase 1: Developed Purpose, Goals &
– 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
– What we focus on
– How we work together
In January 2009 Synod Council met to
consider these questions.
What we focus on
• Congregational Health
After review current synod activities, three
potential priorities emerged:
– Connections (lay leaders, congregations,
– 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
walking together in solidarity,
characterized by mutuality and
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.
Road to Relationship
Obstacles along the
Road to Relationship
Activities coordinated Activities coordinated
by members. by synod.
Money goes from Money goes through
congregations to synod to ministries.
•No one place is better than another.
•Line moves with the needs and strength of synod
Weak Relationships & Roles
•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
Strong Relationships & Roles
•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
• Improve relationships within synod
• Strengthen conferences and clarify role
of conference Deans
• Council make recommendations about
changes to assembly in 2010.
• Will you accompany me?