Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
As the calendar year of 2016 draws to a close, we are mindful of the comfort that comes to us from the annual return of Advent and Christmas. Presently in our world, there is a great deal of uncertainty and anxiety about the future. We must remember that whatever changes and uncertainties we may face, whether as a nation or in our personal lives, there is security in knowing that our Lord Jesus has indeed come in the flesh to accomplish our salvation, and we have the sure and certain hope that he will come again. As Saint Paul wrote to the Thessalonians, we are to “comfort one another with these words.”
I also want to inform you about the manner in which we are dealing with the financial challenges that we face as a Diocese. The executive committee of the Trustees of the Diocese met for a two and a half day strategic planning session on November 17-19. This was a very fruitful time, and we outlined a comprehensive approach to addressing the ministry goals of the Diocese in light of our resources. Attached to this letter (below), is a statement from the executive committee in regard to the committee’s work. More information will be forthcoming from the Trustees in the future, and a detailed report will be presented to the Diocesean Council in 2017.
May the grace of God fill your hearts with the joy and peace that comes from believing in our Lord Jesus Christ, and have a very merry Christmas.
Yours in Christ,
The Rt. Rev. David L. Hicks
Executive Committee Planning Meeting November 2016
On November 17-19 the Executive Committee appointed by Bishop David Hicks met with an expert facilitator to discuss the health and growth of the Diocese. Every aspect of the Diocese was critically evaluated, priorities were defined, and strategies outlined. The Committee was especially mindful of the financial challenges facing the Diocese. More will be communicated in the future about your essential participation to fulfill the strategies that will result in a healthy and growing Diocese.
The following statement was developed, as a forward-looking vision statement, to guide our discussions about the goals of the Diocese:
NEMA is a family of faithful Anglicans that serves as a source of support for learning and growing Christians through the fellowship of laity and clergy in which every member contributes toward reaching the common goals of the Diocese through responsible Christian stewardship and service; that engages our communities in the declaration of the Gospel and that has a ministry of theological education through its self-sustaining, fully-accredited Seminary.
A PDF of these letters suitable for bulletin boards is HERE.