Dear Members of the Diocese,
After 2 years of observing, listening, praying and testing lots of hypothesis, I'm making some changes to the Diocesan Staff that I believe will allow us to better serve the clergy and congregations of the Diocese.
Congregations (and even small groups within congregations) have 6 basic ministry dynamics: worship/prayer, evangelism/mission, discipleship, pastoral/mutual care, communication, and administration. Therefore, I am structuring diocesan staffing around these 6 ministry dynamics.
The purpose of the Diocesan Staff is to help clergy and congregations thrive. We will focus our support through 4 basic activities (which may be done formally or informally, 1-on-1 or in groups of varying sizes):
- Teaching and vision-casting: laying a strong theological and principle-based foundation for the various aspects of parochial ministry.
- Helping clergy and congregations discover ministry resources.
- Training clergy and ministry leaders.
- Providing networking events for clergy and ministry leaders.
Over the coming weeks and months, I'll be announcing and rolling out a new structure and positions that reflect these dyanmics and purposes.
With deep affection and excitement about what the Lord has in store,
Your partner in the Gospel,
Bishop Jim Hobby