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1 THE DIOCESE OF SAN DIEGO MISSION 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. 1. To continue in the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in the prayers 2. To persevere in resisting evil, and, whenever we fall into sin, repent and return to the Lord 3. To proclaim by word and example the Good News of God in Christ 4. To seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving our neighbor as yourself 5. To strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being 6. 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 The Apostles’ Teaching What is it or what are they? Where do find them? How are they taught to us? How do we teach them to others? Fellowship What does this mean to me?... To us?... To our parish?… to the Diocese? How does it impact our interaction with each other and with the community? Breaking Bread What does it meant to “break bread”? Is it only relevant in the context of worship? The Prayers What prayers? How often? What do scripture and tradition teach us to pray for? Why does the BCP have forms for the Prayers of the People? Suggested Questions for Table Discussions

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 Knowledge of the Holy Scripture 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? What resources are available in church? at home? locally? ecumenically? Knowledge of the Traditions of the Church What are the traditions of the Church? How do we learn them? Are they reflected in our worship? How can our parish participate in the diocesan objectives? 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.

11 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. How are we able to ensure members of the church have an opportunity to obtain knowledge of Holy Scripture and the traditions of the church What are the avenues for obtaining knowledge… Within our families? Within our Church families? Within the local church (diocese, ecumenical, interfaith)? With friends… enemies… strangers? With the world? How can our parish participate in the diocesan objectives?

12 Wrap Up A brief time for sharing Insights Comments Questions Follow-up

13 SESSION 2: REPENTANCE AND RECONCILIATION Implementation of our Baptismal Covenant.

14 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. Diocesan Plan: Mission and Vision

15 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.

16 Baptismal and Biblical Values Our creedal statement is followed by five promises to which we add the biblical value of stewardship. 1. To continue in the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in the prayers 2. To persevere in resisting evil, and, whenever we fall into sin, repent and return to the Lord 3. To proclaim by word and example the good news of God in Christ 4. To seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving our neighbor as yourself 5. To strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being 6. 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.”

17 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?

18 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: 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

19 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

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

21 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.

22 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.

23 Repentance and Reconciliation 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. Repenting our separation How/When have you been separated from your neighbor? Who is our neighbor? What does it mean to repent? Where are we in need of reconciliation? (families, church, diocese, friends, enemies, strangers) How can our parish participate in the diocesan objectives? How/When have you been separated from God? Welcome and Renewal How are we receptive to Strangers? Where do we need renewal? How can trained conflict resolution resources help?

24 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 does having trained conflict resolution resources impact our ability to fulfill this promise? How does this impact our parish family? How about the wider community? Where are we in need of reconciliation… Within our families? Within our Church families? Within the local church (diocese, ecumenical, interfaith)? With friends… enemies… strangers? With the world? How is our parish receptive to strangers?

25 Wrap Up A brief time for sharing Insights Comments Questions Follow-up

26 SESSION 3: EVANGELISM Implementation of our Baptismal Covenant.

27 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” Diocesan Plan: Mission and Vision

28 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.

29 Baptismal and Biblical Values Our creedal statement is followed by five promises to which we add the biblical value of stewardship. 1. To continue in the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in the prayers 2. To persevere in resisting evil, and, whenever we fall into sin, repent and return to the Lord 3. To proclaim by word and example the Good News of God in Christ 4. To seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving our neighbor as yourself 5. To strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being 6. 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.”

30 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?

31 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

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

33 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.

34 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.

35 Evangelism Plans Evangelism Our Goal: We will be a people who tell the good news of Jesus Christ. Tell the Good News How? When? Where? Who? To Whom? How? When? Where? Who? To Whom? What is the importance of our personal faith story? 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. What might an evangelism program look like for our congregation? What is a personal evangelism plan? Metrics Why is the metric of ASA important? Is it? What is the role of the leadership and the parishioner? What are our barriers?

36 Evangelism Will you proclaim by word and example the Good News of God in Christ? I will, with God’s help. How can we increase attendance and why is that important? What is the role of leadership? What is the role of the parishioner? What barriers are there to growth? What is the importance of our personal faith story? How do we encourage these conversations… Within our families? Within our Church families? Within the local church (diocese, ecumenical, interfaith)? With friends… enemies… strangers? With the world?

37 Wrap Up A brief time for sharing Insights Comments Questions Follow-up

38 SESSION 4: OUTREACH Implementation of our Baptismal Covenant.

39 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. Diocesan Plan: Mission and Vision

40 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.

41 Baptismal and Biblical Values Our creedal statement is followed by 5 promises to which we add the biblical value of stewardship 1. To continue in the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in the prayers 2. To persevere in resisting evil, and, whenever we fall into sin, repent and return to the Lord 3. To proclaim by word and example the Good News of God in Christ 4. To seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving our neighbor as yourself 5. To strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being 6. 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.”

42 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.

43 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…

44 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

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

46 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.

47 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.

48 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. 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. Community beyond the Church Who are they? What do they need? Local? Global? How do we serve them? Service Opportunities What services are we currently involved in? What opportunities are we overlooking? What are our resources? What gets in the way? To Support these diocesan objectives, we must first discover: S – Our Strengths W – Our Weaknesses O – The Opportunities T – The Threats

49 Outreach Will you seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving your neighbor as yourself? I will, with God’s help. What does it mean to serve the community beyond our church? Local community? Global community? What servant ministry activities are we currently involved in? What other outreach opportunities are we overlooking? What are the needs of our local community? What resources do we have to offer? What obstacles exist? How can we assist the diocese in its goals? SWOT… Strength, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats?

50 Wrap Up A brief time for sharing Insights Comments Questions Follow-up

51 SESSION 5: ADVOCACY Implementation of our Baptismal Covenant.

52 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. Diocesan Plan: Mission and Vision

53 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.

54 Baptismal and Biblical Values Our creedal statement is followed by five promises to which we add the biblical value of stewardship. 1. To continue in the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in the prayers 2. To persevere in resisting evil, and, whenever we fall into sin, repent and return to the Lord 3. To proclaim by word and example the Good News of God in Christ 4. To seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving our neighbor as yourself 5. To strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being 6. 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.”

55 Promise # 5: Advocacy Will you strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being? I will, with God’s help. Last time we noticed how Promise #4 (Seek and Serve Christ) and Promise #5 are related. Outreach and advocacy are two ways to engage the world in accordance with our baptismal covenant. Advocacy strives to address systematic issues as we promote peace and justice.

56 Advocacy 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

57 Respect the Dignity of Every Human Being Advocacy Suggested Questions for Table Discussions Justice and Peace among all People How do I strive for justice? How do I strive for peace? Respect and dignity… discuss… How do I respect someone whose ideas are diametrically opposed to mine? What does peace look like in our time? What do Peace and Justice look like to God? What are the implications of “every human”?

58 Advocacy Will you strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being? I will, with God’s help. From the mission plan of the Diocese of San Diego Tenet: With God’s help, we offer our voices and presence to confront the brokenness in our lives and the systems of which we are a part with the healing and transforming power of the love of Jesus Christ. Our Goal: We will be a community that promotes a just society and promotes peace.

59 Advocacy: Diocesan Objectives Our Goal: We will be a community that promotes a just society and promotes peace. Objective 1: Establish an Advocacy Leadership Team, with the bishop as the principal religious spokesperson in the region, to address the important issues that have been identified by our diocese: poverty, international borders, and the military. Objective 2: Track and convey the policies endorsed by our Church and equip clergy and laity to advocate those policies.

60 Advocacy Our Goal: We will be a community that promotes a just society and promotes peace. Objective 1: Establish an Advocacy Leadership Team, with the bishop as the principal religious spokesperson in the region, to address the important issues that have been identified by our diocese: poverty, international borders, and the military. Objective 2: Track and convey the policies endorsed by our Church and equip clergy and laity to advocate those policies. Peace and Justice What do our scriptures tell us? How do we promote it? What is your vision of Peace and Justice? Are we partners with the Church? What Issues to Advocate for Do we know what issues to advocate for? How do these issues effect our community? Are we aware of our Diocesan efforts? How do these issues effect our families? Our diocese has identified advocacy issues: poverty, international borders, and the military How do we participate in the advocacy of these issues?

61 Advocacy Will you strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being? I will, with God’s help. Advocacy defined: public support for or recommendation of a particular cause or policy Our diocese has identified causes: poverty, international borders, and the military How do we participate in the advocacy of these issues? How do these issues effect… our families? our Church families? the local church (diocese, ecumenical, interfaith)? friends… enemies… strangers? the world? What other causes impact our church community? How connected are we to the issues of the Church?

62 Resources Visit the Episcopal Public Policy Network (EPPN) and join committed Episcopalians working for a better world Visit the Diocesan website Discover the work on-going to address poverty, border issues, and the military Check out and subscribe to the Episcopal News Service

63 Wrap Up A brief time for sharing Insights Comments Questions Follow-up

64 SESSION 6: STEWARDSHIP Implementation of our Baptismal Covenant.

65 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. Diocesan Plan: Mission and Vision

66 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.

67 Baptismal and Biblical Values Our creedal statement is followed by five promises to which we add the biblical value of stewardship. 1. To continue in the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in the prayers 2. To persevere in resisting evil, and, whenever we fall into sin, repent and return to the Lord 3. To proclaim by word and example the Good News of God in Christ 4. To seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving our neighbor as yourself 5. To strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being 6. 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.”

68 Promise #6: Stewardship Will you be a faithful steward of all that God has entrusted to you, living a life of gratitude and generosity? I will, with God’s help. While stewardship is not explicitly addressed in our baptismal covenant, it is a biblical imperative which must not be overlooked It includes the Proper identification and use of our God-Given talents Stewardship of creation Stewardship of resources How do we do it? How is our response to this based on context?

69 Stewardship A Faithful Steward What does it mean to be a steward? What do we mean by faithful? How does faith play into this? Of all that God has entrusted to us How do you define the “all” in this statement? What has God entrusted to me? To us? Gratitude and Generosity What does it mean to be generous? How are gratitude and generosity connected? What am I / are we grateful for? Suggested Questions for Table Discussions What does it mean to be entrusted?

70 Stewardship Will you be a faithful steward of all that God has entrusted to you, living a life of gratitude and generosity? I will, with God’s help From the Mission Plan of the Diocese of San Diego Tenet: We are faithful and courageous stewards of all that God has entrusted to us, willing to make hard choices when necessary to ensure that these gifts and resources are effectively and powerfully engaged in God's mission. Our Goal: Grounded in a spirit of gratitude to God, we will instill in each member of the church in this diocese principles of faithful stewardship of health, wealth, environment, and community.

71 Stewardship: Diocesan Objectives Our Goal: Grounded in a spirit of gratitude to God, we will instill in each member of the church in this diocese principles of faithful stewardship of health, wealth, environment, and community Objective 1: Twenty percent of all parishes will have year-round stewardship program Objective 2: Implement a plan to demonstrate faithful diocesan stewardship by reducing debt, increasing revenue, paying our full mission share pledge, and more.

72 Stewardship Our Goal: Grounded in a spirit of gratitude to God, we will instill in each member of the church in this diocese principles of faithful stewardship of health, wealth, environment, and community. Objective 1: Twenty percent of all parishes will have year- round stewardship program Objective 2: Implement a plan to demonstrate faithful diocesan stewardship by reducing debt, increasing revenue, paying our full mission share pledge, and more. Stewardship What is year-round stewardship? How can we implement year round stewardship? Why is it important? Stewardship Opportunities What does it mean to be stewards of health, wealth, environment, and community? How do these impact our family? Church? Community? What can we do? What are our resources? How can our parish participate in the diocesan objectives?

73 Stewardship Will you be a faithful steward of all that God has entrusted to you, living a life of gratitude and generosity? I will, with God’s help Why is our participation in diocesan stewardship important? What is year-round stewardship? How can we implement year-round stewardship in our parish? What does it mean to be faithful stewards of health, wealth, environment, and community? What are our responsibilities? What are we able to do? What is the impact to: our families? our Church families? the local church (diocese, ecumenical, interfaith)? friends… enemies… strangers? the world?

74 Wrap Up A brief time for sharing Insights Comments Questions Follow-up


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