Bishopâ€™s Council Strongly Encourages Use of Parish Health Inventory
The Bishopâ€™s Council, an advisory group to the Archbishop, made up of the six District Deans, met with Archbishop JOB on Tuesday January 27.
One important matter discussed by the Bishop's Council was the recently completed Parish Health Inventory Model
which was a product of last summerâ€™s Parish Health Summit held in Wheaton IL. The Council expressed the feeling that the model is a helpful tool for parishes and enthusiastically recommended its use by parishes throughout the Diocese.
In concurrence with these discussions Archbishop JOB strongly encourages each parish to review its life in the context of the eight focus areas presented in the model and to use the model to identify one or two key priorities and action areas as the focus for renewal efforts for 2009 and beyond.Diocesan Council Sets Agenda for Strategic Plan
In addition to endorsing the above mentioned recommendations of the (renamed) Parish and Mission Development Committee, the Diocesan Council meeting on Wednesday Jan 28 also took up the need for expressing a healthy hopeful future vision and plan for the Diocese.
The importance of expressing a future direction for the Diocese was discussed at the 2008 Diocesan Assembly in Willow Brook IL along with the need to prepare for an effective and smooth transition to a new Diocesan Hierarch after the announced retirement of Archbishop JOB on or about 2011.
Additionally the recent decision by the Orthodox Church in America to build an OCA Strategic Plan was felt to be an important driver encouraging our Diocese to explore its future vision. Considering vision topics in parallel with OCA efforts would enable the Diocese to productively contribute to the OCA planning effort and to align the Diocese' vision with the emerging OCA plan.
The Diocesan Council decided to begin a vision definition effort for the Diocese. The last such effort had been undertaken in the Diocese in 2003 and focused primarily on reformation of the Diocesan budget.
The following schedule was established.
- During the period from February through May the Diocesan facilitator will collect inputs from Diocesan and Bishopâ€™s Council members concerning targets for the vision effort â€“ namely â€śwhat are the key issues we are facingâ€ť and â€śwhat important questions should be answered by our vision and planning effortsâ€ť.
- At the May 2009 meetings of Diocesan and Bishopâ€™s Councils and the Parish/Mission Development Committee substantial portions of each bodyâ€™s agendas will be dedicated to the vision and planning topic.
- Based on the results of these discussions, subgroups may be commissioned to explore key issues and efforts will be undertaken to engage deaneries in the discussion and exploration process as well.Â
A target of being able to present â€śimportant progressâ€ťÂ on this at effort at the October 2009 Diocesan Assembly was adopted.