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  1. The diocese of San DiegoMission Plan Implementation of our Baptismal Covenant.

  2. Session 1:Worship and Formation Implementation of our Baptismal Covenant.

  3. Diocesan Plan: Mission and Vision Our Mission: The Episcopal Diocese of San Diego is a missionary community that dares to follow Jesus Christ in his life of fearless love for the world. Our Vision: Undeterred by borders or barriers, we are pilgrims with Jesus in relentlessly searching for others to befriend, know and invite to Christ’s Eucharistic table of reconciliation and sacrificial love. • Our Mission Plan is grounded in the tenets of baptismal and Biblical values.

  4. Our Baptismal Covenant • We begin by grounding ourselves in the Apostles’ Creed • Do you believe in God the Father? • I believe in God, the Father almighty, • creator of heaven and earth. • Do you believe in Jesus Christ, the Son of God? • I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord. • He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit • and born of the Virgin Mary. • He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. • He descended to the dead. On the third day he rose again. • He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again to judge the living and the dead. • Do you believe in God the Holy Spirit? • I believe in the Holy Spirit, • the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting.

  5. Baptismal and Biblical Values • Our creedal statement is followed by five promises to which we add the biblical value of stewardship. • To continue in the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in the prayers • To persevere in resisting evil, and, whenever we fall into sin, repent and return to the Lord • To proclaim by word and example the Good News of God in Christ • To seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving our neighbor as yourself • To strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being • To be a faithful steward of all that God has entrusted to you, living a life of gratitude and generosity • We agree to these promises knowing we can’t do it aloe but that, “we will with God’s help.”

  6. Promise # 1: Worship and Formation Will you continue in the Apostles’ teaching and fellowship, the breaking of the bread, and in the prayers?  I will, with God’s help. • What does this promise call us to do? • How do we do it? • How is our response to this based on context?

  7. Worship and Formation Suggested Questions for Table Discussions How are they taught to us? What is it or what are they? How does it impact our interaction with each other and with the community? The Apostles’ Teaching What does this mean to me?... To us?... To our parish?… to the Diocese? How do we teach them to others? Fellowship Where do find them? What does it meant to “break bread”? Why does the BCP have forms for the Prayers of the People? Breaking Bread What do scripture and tradition teach us to pray for? Is it only relevant in the context of worship? The Prayers What prayers? How often?

  8. Worship and Formation Will you continue in the Apostles’ teaching and fellowship, the breaking of the bread, and in the prayers?  I will, with God’s help. • From the Mission Plan of the Diocese of San Diego • Tenet: We are daring and fearless followers of Jesus, empowered by dynamic and transformative worship and spiritual formation practices and programs. • Our Goal: Using our God-given reason, every member of the Church in our diocese will have an opportunity to obtain age-appropriate knowledge of Holy Scripture and the traditions of the Church.

  9. Worship and Formation:Diocesan Objectives Our Goal: Using our God-given reason, every member of the Church in our diocese will have an opportunity to obtain age-appropriate knowledge of Holy Scripture and the traditions of the Church. • Objective 1: • Launch a school for Ministry • Objective 2: • Develop menu of opportunities for every member of the diocese to participate in meaningful and transformative worship.

  10. Worship and Formation Our Goal: Using our God-given reason, every member of the Church in our diocese will have an opportunity to obtain age-appropriate knowledge of Holy Scripture and the traditions of the Church. How do we ensure that members the Church have access to this knowledge? How do we gain knowledge in order to make it available? Knowledge of the Holy Scripture What are the traditions of the Church? How do we learn them? What resources are available in church? at home? locally? ecumenically? Knowledge of the Traditions of the Church Are they reflected in our worship? • Objective 1: • Launch a school for Ministry • Objective 2: • Develop menu of opportunities for every member of the diocese to participate in meaningful and transformative worship. How can our parish participate in the diocesan objectives?

  11. Wrap Up • A brief time for sharing • Insights • Comments • Questions • Follow-up

  12. Session 2:Repentance and reconciliation Implementation of our Baptismal Covenant.

  13. Diocesan Plan: Mission and Vision Our Mission: The Episcopal Diocese of San Diego is a missionary community that dares to follow Jesus Christ in his life of fearless love for the world. Our Vision: Undeterred by borders or barriers, we are pilgrims with Jesus in relentlessly searching for others to befriend, know and invite to Christ’s Eucharistic table of reconciliation and sacrificial love. • Our Mission Plan is grounded in the tenets of baptismal and biblical values.

  14. Our Baptismal Covenant • We begin by grounding ourselves in the Apostles’ Creed • Do you believe in God the Father? • I believe in God, the Father almighty, • creator of heaven and earth. • Do you believe in Jesus Christ, the Son of God? • I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord. • He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit • and born of the Virgin Mary. • He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. • He descended to the dead. On the third day he rose again. • He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again to judge the living and the dead. • Do you believe in God the Holy Spirit? • I believe in the Holy Spirit, • the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting.

  15. Baptismal and Biblical Values • Our creedal statement is followed by five promises to which we add the biblical value of stewardship. • To continue in the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in the prayers • To persevere in resisting evil, and, whenever we fall into sin, repent and return to the Lord • To proclaim by word and example the good news of God in Christ • To seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving our neighbor as yourself • To strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being • To be a faithful steward of all that God has entrusted to you, living a life of gratitude and generosity • We agree to these promises knowing we can’t do it alone but that, “we will with God’s help.”

  16. Promise # 2: Repentance and Reconciliation Will you persevere in resisting evil, and, whenever you fall into sin, repent and return to the Lord? I will, with God’s help. • How do we resist evil? • What does it mean to repent and return to the Lord? • What is our understanding of sin on our lives?

  17. Resources • A couple of scriptural references for Repentance (Note: there are many others) • The Prodigal Son, Luke 15:11-32 • Then the son said to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you; I am no longer worthy to be called your son.” But the father said to his slaves, “Quickly, bring out a robe—the best one—and put it on him; put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. And get the fatted calf and kill it, and let us eat and celebrate; for this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found!”  • Luke 24: 45-47   • Then he opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures. He told them, "This is what is written: The Christ will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, and repentance and forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. • What our tradition identifies as our shortcomings • Litany of Penitence, BCP p267ff (from Ash Wednesday Service) • The Great Litany, BCP p148ff • Reconciliation of the Penitent, BCP p447ff • A few prayers that can be helpful • Prayers for guidance, confidence, protection, and self-dedication • Prayers 57-62, BCP p832ff

  18. Repentance & Reconciliation • I ask, in our table discussions, to consider how our response to this promise…“I will, with God’s help”… takes on different meaning and shape depending upon context • What contexts: • Within our families • Within our Church families • Within the local church (diocese, ecumenical, interfaith) • With friends… enemies… strangers • With the world

  19. Repentance & Reconciliation Suggested Questions for Table Discussions How do we resist evil? Can you think of examples? What is sin? Can we help falling into sin? What is evil? Persevere in Resisting Evil Fall Into Sin How is evil different in different contexts (e.g., at home, at church, in your city, in the world? Do we have examples from scripture? What does repentance look like? Repent and Return to the Lord Is repentance available to all? Do we have examples fro our tradition (both BCP and church history)? How does confession work? Do we need to confess to a priest?

  20. Repentance and Reconciliation Will you persevere in resisting evil, and, whenever you fall into sin, repent and return to the Lord?   I will, with God’s help. • From the mission plan of the Diocese of San Diego • Tenet: With God’s help we value repentance and reconciliation, acknowledging when we have turned away from God and from one another, seeking wholeness and healing by turning back to God and one another. In this we seek to be a welcome and open community for all. If you have turned away from God; if you have tried to follow Jesus and have failed, or are trying for the first time; you are welcome here. • Our Goal: Repenting of our separation from God and our neighbor, we will be a community of welcome and renewal.

  21. Repentance and Reconciliation:Diocesan Objectives Our Goal: Repenting of our separation from God and our neighbor, we will be a community of welcome and renewal. • Objective 1: • Train at least two members of each congregation to become conflict resolution resources for their congregation and wider community. • Objective 2: • Encourage all congregations to annually evaluate their congregational life, measuring their receptivity to the stranger and first-time worshiper.

  22. Repentance and Reconciliation Our Goal: Repenting of our separation from God and our neighbor, we will be a community of welcome and renewal. Where are we in need of reconciliation? (families, church, diocese, friends, enemies, strangers) Welcome and Renewal How/When have you been separated from God? How are we receptive to Strangers? Where do we need renewal? Repenting our separation Who is our neighbor? What does it mean to repent? How/When have you been separated from your neighbor? • Objective 1: • Train at least two members of each congregation to become conflict resolution resources for their congregation and wider community. • Objective 2: • Encourage all congregations to annually evaluate their congregational life, measuring their receptivity to the stranger and first-time worshiper. How can our parish participate in the diocesan objectives? How can trained conflict resolution resources help?

  23. Wrap Up • A brief time for sharing • Insights • Comments • Questions • Follow-up

  24. Session 3:Evangelism Implementation of our Baptismal Covenant.

  25. Diocesan Plan: Mission and Vision Our Mission: The Episcopal Diocese of San Diego is a missionary community that dares to follow Jesus Christ in his life of fearless love for the world. Our Vision: Undeterred by borders or barriers, we are pilgrims with Jesus in relentlessly searching for others to befriend, know and invite to Christ’s Eucharistic table of reconciliation and sacrificial love. • Our Mission Plan is grounded in the Tenets of “Baptismal and Biblical Values”

  26. Our Baptismal Covenant • We begin by grounding ourselves in the Apostles’ Creed • Do you believe in God the Father? • I believe in God, the Father almighty, • creator of heaven and earth. • Do you believe in Jesus Christ, the Son of God? • I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord. • He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit • and born of the Virgin Mary. • He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. • He descended to the dead. On the third day he rose again. • He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again to judge the living and the dead. • Do you believe in God the Holy Spirit? • I believe in the Holy Spirit, • the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting.

  27. Baptismal and Biblical Values • Our creedal statement is followed by five promises to which we add the biblical value of stewardship. • To continue in the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in the prayers • To persevere in resisting evil, and, whenever we fall into sin, repent and return to the Lord • To proclaim by word and example the Good News of God in Christ • To seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving our neighbor as yourself • To strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being • To be a faithful steward of all that God has entrusted to you, living a life of gratitude and generosity • We agree to these promises knowing we can’t do it alone but that, “we will with God’s help.”

  28. Promise # 3: Evangelism Will you proclaim by word and example the Good News of God in Christ? I will, with God’s help. • How do we proclaim the Good News by word and Example? Is there a right/wrong way? • Do we know what the Good News is? • Can you tell/show your neighbor the Good News?

  29. Evangelism • I ask, in our table discussions, to consider how our response to this promise…“I will, with God’s help”… takes on different meaning and shape depending upon context • What contexts: • Within our families • Within our church families • Within the local church (diocese, ecumenical, interfaith) • With friends… enemies… strangers • With the world

  30. Evangelism Suggested Questions for Table Discussions Can you give examples of proclaiming by word? How did you learn it? What does it mean to proclaim? What is the Good News? Proclaim by Word and Example The Good News What does it mean to you? How do we proclaim by example? How do we tell others about Jesus? “Who do you say that I am?” Jesus Christ As we proclaim Christ, how we do we change the world? What does it mean to believe the Good News of Jesus Christ?

  31. Evangelism Will you proclaim by word and example the Good News of God in Christ?   I will, with God’s help. • From the mission plan of the Diocese of San Diego • Tenet: With God’s help, we are agents of the Kingdom of God who instinctively live and share the Good News of Jesus Christ within our communities and without, feeding those who are hungry  to hear and receive the transforming Good News. • Our Goal: We will be a people who tell the good news of Jesus Christ.

  32. Evangelism: Diocesan Objectives Our Goal: We will be a people who tell the good news of Jesus Christ. • Objective 1: • Develop and implement a congregational-based evangelism program to increase Average Sunday Attendance (ASA) by ten percent. • Objective 2: • Develop and implement a Personal Evangelism Program Plan to help people develop and be comfortable with sharing their personal faith stories.

  33. Evangelism Our Goal: We will be a people who tell the good news of Jesus Christ. What might an evangelism program look like for our congregation? What is the importance of our personal faith story? How? When? Where? Who? To Whom? Evangelism Plans Tell the Good News What is a personal evangelism plan? What are our barriers? How do we encourage conversations of faith? • Objective 1: • Develop and implement a congregational-based evangelism program to increase Average Sunday Attendance (ASA) by ten percent. • Objective 2: • Develop and implement a Personal Evangelism Program Plan to help people develop and be comfortable with sharing their personal faith stories. Metrics Why is the metric of ASA important? Is it? What is the role of the leadership and the parishioner?

  34. Wrap Up • A brief time for sharing • Insights • Comments • Questions • Follow-up

  35. Session 4: Outreach Implementation of our Baptismal Covenant.

  36. Diocesan Plan: Mission and Vision Our Mission: The Episcopal Diocese of San Diego is a missionary community that dares to follow Jesus Christ in his life of fearless love for the world. Our Vision: Undeterred by borders or barriers, we are pilgrims with Jesus in relentlessly searching for others befriend, know and invite to Christ’s Eucharistic table of reconciliation and sacrificial love. • Our Mission Plan is grounded in the tenets of baptismal and biblical values.

  37. Our Baptismal Covenant • We begin by grounding ourselves in the Apostles’ Creed • Do you believe in God the Father? • I believe in God, the Father almighty, • creator of heaven and earth. • Do you believe in Jesus Christ, the Son of God? • I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord. • He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit • and born of the Virgin Mary. • He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. • He descended to the dead. On the third day he rose again. • He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again to judge the living and the dead. • Do you believe in God the Holy Spirit? • I believe in the Holy Spirit, • the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting.

  38. Baptismal and Biblical Values • Our creedal statement is followed by 5 promises to which we add the biblical value of stewardship • To continue in the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in the prayers • To persevere in resisting evil, and, whenever we fall into sin, repent and return to the Lord • To proclaim by word and example the Good News of God in Christ • To seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving our neighbor as yourself • To strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being • To be a faithful steward of all that God has entrusted to you, living a life of gratitude and generosity • We agree to these promises knowing we can’t do it alone but that, “we will with God’s help.”

  39. Outreach and Advocacy The and fourth and fifth promises we make in our baptismal covenant are clearly related… but how… Promise #4: Will you seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving your neighbor as yourself? I will, with God’s help. Promise #5: Will you strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being? I will, with God’s help.

  40. Outreach and Advocacy? • What’s the Difference between these two Promises? • Seeking and Serving… Outreach If we participate in Wounded Warriors, a ministry providing programs and services to severely injured service members during the time between active duty and transition to civilian life, that’s Outreach… • Striving for Justice and Peace…respecting the dignity of every human being…Advocacy If we write letters to Congress asking them to ensure that those who spill their blood on our behalf will be cared for when they return home from battle, that’s Advocacy…

  41. Outreach • I ask, in our table discussions, to consider how our response to this promise…“I will, with God’s help”… takes on different meaning and shape depending upon context • What contexts: • Within our families • Within our Church families • Within the local church (diocese, ecumenical, interfaith) • With friends… enemies… strangers • With the world

  42. Outreach Suggested Questions for Table Discussions Who is my neighbor? What if I don’t love myself very much? How do we seek Christ? Loving my neighbor as myself Seeking Christ in all people Why do we seek Christ? What does “Christ in all people” mean? What does serving Christ in others look like? Serving Christ in all People How do we serve Christ?

  43. Outreach Will you seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving your neighbor as yourself? I will, with God’s help. • From the mission plan of the Diocese of San Diego • Tenet: With God’s help, we bridge the several borders God calls us to transcend by offering our time, talent and treasure for the transformative in-breaking of God’s kingdom, and so meet Christ face to face in the hearts and lives of our neighbors near and far. • Our Goal: As people who seek to meet Christ in others, every congregation will create a specific cores service ministry to the community beyond the church.

  44. Outreach: Diocesan Objectives Our Goal: As people who seek to meet Christ in others, every congregation will create a specific core service ministry to the community beyond the church. • Objective 1: • Identify current servant ministry activities in every congregation and publish results. • Objective 2: • Create outreach teams that will conduct two inter-congregational, servant ministry events, in the community beyond the church.

  45. Outreach Our Goal: As people who seek to meet Christ in others, every congregation will create a specific core service ministry to the community beyond the church. What services are we currently involved in? What opportunities are we overlooking? Who are they? Local? Global? Service Opportunities Community beyond the Church What gets in the way? What do they need? What are our resources? How do we serve them? • Objective 1: • Identify current servant ministry activities in every congregation and publish results. • Objective 2: • Create outreach teams that will conduct two inter-congregational, servant ministry events, in the community beyond the church. To Support these diocesan objectives, we must first discover: S – Our Strengths W – Our Weaknesses O – The Opportunities T – The Threats

  46. Wrap Up • A brief time for sharing • Insights • Comments • Questions • Follow-up

  47. Session 5: Advocacy Implementation of our Baptismal Covenant.

  48. Diocesan Plan: Mission and Vision Our Mission: The Episcopal Diocese of San Diego is a missionary community that dares to follow Jesus Christ in his life of fearless love for the world. Our Vision: Undeterred by borders or barriers, we are pilgrims with Jesus in relentlessly searching for others befriend, know, and invite to Christ’s Eucharistic table of reconciliation and sacrificial love. • Our Mission Plan is grounded in the tenets of baptismal and biblical values.

  49. Our Baptismal Covenant • We begin by grounding ourselves in the Apostles’ Creed • Do you believe in God the Father? • I believe in God, the Father almighty, • creator of heaven and earth. • Do you believe in Jesus Christ, the Son of God? • I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord. • He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit • and born of the Virgin Mary. • He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. • He descended to the dead. On the third day he rose again. • He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again to judge the living and the dead. • Do you believe in God the Holy Spirit? • I believe in the Holy Spirit, • the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting.

  50. Baptismal and Biblical Values • Our creedal statement is followed by five promises to which we add the biblical value of stewardship. • To continue in the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in the prayers • To persevere in resisting evil, and, whenever we fall into sin, repent and return to the Lord • To proclaim by word and example the Good News of God in Christ • To seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving our neighbor as yourself • To strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being • To be a faithful steward of all that God has entrusted to you, living a life of gratitude and generosity • We agree to these promises knowing we can’t do it alone but that “we will with God’s help.”