Flip the title. The Anglican Church of Canada's strategic plan for the next six years will be called Serving God's World: Strengthening the Church, not the other way round, as originally proposed.
Council of General Synod endorsed that change, which came from the church's national Eco-Justice and Partners in Mission committees. It was more than a cosmetic change, since "it puts mission first and moves the church forward with a focus on reaching out," according to the committees' report.
Council members asked for revisions to the 17-page plan (which may be viewed on the church's Web site, www.anglican.ca).
The plan outlines the proposed work of the national church for the next two triennia (three-year periods between General Synods) and succeeds Preparing the Way, a nine-year plan approved by General Synod in 1995 that ends this year. After the revisions, the officers of General Synod will review it and it will be presented for approval at the General Synod meeting at the end of May.
Responding to feedback from dioceses, parishes, individuals and committees, the plan proposes that the national church office provide leadership in the areas of financial development, congregational growth, youth ministry and leadership development. (In the last nine years, the national church devolved much of the work in those areas to dioceses.)
Reaction from around the country indicated support for the seven focus areas: Anglican identity, strengthening local Christian communities, better communications, better relations with native people, improved financial programs, local and international partnerships and social justice. …