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1 Area Ministry in the Diocese of California

2 Area Ministry in Diocal What exactly IS “Area Ministry”?

3 Area Ministry :: ancient :: modern

4 Area Ministry :: ancient / modern ✤ Recalls the ancient catholic understanding of “parish” as a geographical designation ✤ A contemporary mission strategy that envisions an area as a consortium of congregations, institutions, people and the earth itself ✤ A future-oriented mission strategy that will create fresh expressions of church, invigorate existing ministries, and reflect the rich diversity of the Bay Area

5 Area Ministry :: primarily but not exclusively geographic

6 Area Ministry :: primarily but not exclusively geographic ✤ could include urban/suburban partnerships ✤ could involve cultural or language-specific ministries in several areas of diocal ✤ edges of the area can be porous :: possible collaborations with other areas or other churches or institutions

7 Area Ministry :: ministry of all

8 Area Ministry :: ministry of all ✤ The baptismal covenant as the basis for ministry ✤ A partnership of Bishop, priests, deacons and laity ✤ A collaborative approach to ministry that frees us from parochial isolation and competitiveness ✤ A movement from scarcity to abundance

9 Area Ministry :: the ingredients

10 Area Ministry :: the ingredients ✤ Willing partners ✤ Diocesan oversight and support ✤ Commitment to cooperative planning and ministry ✤ Desire for growth and fresh expressions of church ✤ Desire for becoming as diverse as the area ✤ Commitment to spiritual growth and transformation ✤ Creativity, risk-taking, and a sense of adventure

11 Area Ministry :: how it works

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13 Area Ministry :: how it works ✤ Areas are identified ✤ Congregations and others are invited into area ministry ✤ Area ministry partners create a steering committee to work with diocesan leaders in planning and oversight ✤ Team agrees on formative “Rule of Life” ✤ Needs are identified; formation and training commence ✤ One or more opportunities for “fresh expressions” of church are identified for the area ministry

14 Area Ministry :: how it works ✤ Planning and implementation of shared ministries ✤ Continual evaluation and analysis ✤ Continued growth and fresh expressions

15 Area Ministry :: resources

16 Area Ministry :: resources ✤ Partnership with CDSP in the Living Stones coalition ✤ Ministry development resources (including LifeCycles and EFM) ✤ Community organizing training ✤ Specialized training ✤ Community resources

17 Area Ministry :: other information

18 Area Ministry :: where does it start? ✤ When there is widespread transition in clergy leadership in the churches of an area ✤ Where considerable population growth is occurring ✤ Where there are existing cooperative ministries ✤ Where there are other factors supportive of area ministry

19 Area Ministry :: initial areas ✤ East Contra Costa County ✤ Berkeley/Albany/Richmond/Pinole ✤ North of Market, San Francisco ✤ South of Market, San Francisco ✤ Oakland

20 Area Ministry in Diocal The aim of Area Ministry ::

21 New, Renewed and Reimagined Mission and Ministry in the Diocese of California

22 Area Ministry in the Diocese of California :: Q and A

23 Area Ministry for more information, contact the Rev. Canon Michael Barlowe diocal. org


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