Mission Priorities and Outcomes 2018-2021
Reflecting our mission statement, our vision and the Evangelical Declaration, our mission priorities and outcomes for the triennium 2018 – 2021 are as follows:
1. SPIRIT-LED LEADERSHIP is characterized by trust in the Holy Spirit who “calls us through the Gospel, enlightens us with gifts, sanctifies and keeps us in true faith.”
A. Listening and discernment are modelled by enabling leaders to cultivate a vision for mission and use the gifts entrusted to them by the Holy Spirit.
B. Lay and Rostered leaders are equipped and empowered to practice the disciplines of Biblical study, prayer, spiritual direction, and Dwelling in the Word.
C. Faithful, accountable and wise disciples mentor, encourage, and mutually equip the body of Christ.
D. Innovative organizational structures, governance models, and approaches to conflict resolution will reflect the incarnational presence of Jesus.
E. Candidates for Rostered ministry, who hear the call to serve God in the church, are identified, mentored and provided with support and information.
F. Lay and Rostered leaders are encouraged to practice a humble openness to God’ s activities in the world around them.
2. HOPE-FILLED DISCIPLESHIP is expressed through ministries which embrace the diversity of all participants and the unity of the body of Christ working together for the glory of God.
A. Together in Christ we live with discernment and spiritual practices modeled and taught for faith formation.
B. All people, with the uniqueness of their gifts, are welcomed as valued partners in ministry with clear expectations of service.
C. Ministries are encouraged to equip, support and inspire one another.
D. Stewardship that strengthens the body of Christ is practiced.
3. INNOVATIVE TRADITION is embraced and uplifted as an expression of God at work in and through the Synod.
A. Formative worship that proclaims the Gospel shapes the living of our baptismal vocation and prepares the way for openness to change.
B. Creative approaches to ministry are supported with respect and interest.
C. Experimentation and risk is encouraged, allowing for flexibility, opportunities for learning, and exciting possibilities.
4. COLLABORATIVE PARTNERSHIPS reflect the communion of saints and the interconnected nature of the Triune God as witness to the restoration, redemption and reconciliation of the world.
A. Listening to the Spirit’s leadership we are intentional in developing deeper relationships, the practice of sharing of resources, and partnership ministries within Areas of the Synod.
B. Seeking justice and mercy, ministries collaborate in ventures of service with other groups and agencies to express God’s grace and love.
C. Serving with the Anglican Church of Canada whenever possible, and strengthening connections to ecumenical and interfaith partnerships, witnessing mutual respect and good stewardship.
D. We express and develop a culture of caring conversations, encouragement, hopeful opportunity, and accountability.
E. Creative and co-operative experiments are initiated and supported throughout the Synod.
F. We work with congregations and ministries of the Synod, other Synods, the ELCIC, and through the ELCIC with International partners.
G. We will focus on abiding in right relations with Indigenous Peoples.
H. We walk with and learn from our Companion Synod, The Evangelical Lutheran Church of Colombia (IELCO).
All the world would know that Jesus Christ is Lord.
A DVD outlining and illustrating each of the four mission priorities was commissioned for the 2016 Synod Convention. This was distributed to all congregations in the Synod of Alberta and the Territories. A study guide accompanied them, and can be found here. abt-synod-2016-mission-priorities-dvd-study-guide