The Anglican Diocese of Adelaide comprises a community of followers of Jesus across more than 90 churches and agencies. We are one of the 23 dioceses that form the Anglican Church of Australia. As an expression of our faith we support a network of world-class schools and Anglicare, the largest non-government social service provider in the state, making a difference in the lives of South Australian's every day.
Our Diocese for tomorrow will:
1. Grow competency and confidence in sharing the Gospel.
- Develop greater understanding of and maturity in the Faith.
- Equip our people and communities to better communicate the Gospel.
- Grow adaptive leaders who will have a healthy approach to risk and innovation.
- Identify models of adaptive, collaborative and missional leadership appropriate to the changing needs of the church.
- Respond to gaps in capability and shift resources to form, develop and recruit leaders (lay, clergy, volunteer and paid evangelists).
- Develop educational opportunities for lay members in ministry leadership and administration.
- Propagate a Ministry Apprenticeship scheme and ministry pathways for young leaders.
- Identify and invest in evangelistic leaders.
- Develop St. Barnabas College as a place of theological excellence and ministry formation.
2. Support, reshape and consolidate congregational ministries for growth.
- Grow existing congregations.
- Encourage collaboration and partnership between parishes in mission.
- Support strategic consolidation, where necessary, for growth.
- Maintain richness and quality of worship.
- Interact with the broader community in service.
- Provide training in outreach, evangelism and church planting.
- Increase the number and diversity of communities of faith (schools, workplaces, agencies, parishes, those at home).
- Increase participation in communities of faith.
3. Build strong links between communities of faith and schools and agencies.
- Strengthen schools and agencies as expressions of the Church’s mission.
- Grow collaboration and partnerships between parishes, schools and Anglicare within the wider life of the Diocese.
- Develop more positive engagement with stakeholders such as Government and Media.
- Strengthen parish partnership with Anglicare, using the Parish Engagement Fund.
- Support our schools in engaging with the wider community as part of the Church's mission.
- Grow new faith communities associated with schools.
- Support quality chaplaincy in each of our schools and agencies.
- Worshipping communities linked to caring services.
4. Rebuild credibility as a prophetic voice in the community.
- Develop policy and advocacy capacity around public issues.
- Strong media presence promoting issues of faith and social justice.
- Promote issues of faith and justice in public discourse.
- Develop research capacity, including access to research networks.
- Develop stronger presence in public and social media.
5. Ensure effective governance that serves mission
- Encourage a network approach to diocesan life, with Diocesan Office serving the network.
- Increased flexibility in the way resources and buildings are used for mission.
- Ensure effective conformance to contemporary compliance regimes.
- Prioritise resources to support the mission plan.
- Manage and reduce diocesan debt, reduce assessment.
- Move to three year budgets.
- Provide tools and supports for parish leaders to streamline administration.
- Enable sharing of ministry resources (liturgy, studies, etc).
- Build and strengthen communication across parishes and agencies (communication tools, ICT).
- Grow Mission and Ministry Fund.