It’s easy to forget, if you live in the big-church world, that the Episcopal Church is mostly small churches. At last report, the median Average Sunday Attendance (ASA) of an Episcopal Congregation in the USA is 57 people. This report looks at small church leadership formation.
We look at the report studying the relationship between the General Seminary (GTS) in New York City and the General Convention. GTS is the only “official” seminary now, meaning that some of its trustees are elected by the General Convention.
Today we look at two reports without resolutions, from the Advisory Committee Acting as Council of Advice to the Presiding Bishop and the President of the House of Deputies Council of Advice. This is a quick post and two very brief reports!
Executive Council outdid themselves this time around. Blue has 125 (!) pages of material to wade through looking for clues. You’ll find comments on 19 (!) resolutions spanning a range of topics. The legislative fun never ends.
The Advisory Council on the Stewardship of Creation has written a solid report and proposed a bazillion resolutions. It’s a vital topic, so we send Blue looking for clues among a maze of legislation. He finds some good stuff.
Church geeks only: here is a bit more of the thinking on how I decide to vote yes or no on matters that come before General Convention. Mostly I’m pre-explaining why I’m going to say no to a boatload of resolutions.
Are you using Facebook differently? Are you migrating to other platforms? I don’t think the church or its ministers (lay and ordained) can ignore a platform that is so pervasive. But maybe we are close to a tipping point?
We Episcopalians started 21 new congregations this triennium. This is one of the most effective ways to reach new people. We’ve done some church planting well, and we need to do even more. Read this encouraging report, with a request for a modest continued investment.
As we look at General Convention reports and resolutions, Blue’s Clues searches for good clues in the reports from three Joint Standing Committees: Nominations; Planning and Arrangements; and Program, Budget & Finance.
Leading up to General Convention 2018, I will be blogging my way through many of the proposed resolutions. This series will be called “Blue’s Clues” and this introduction sets out some of the goals and directions. Enjoy!
On the feast of the Epiphany, as I look at the proposed churchwide budget for the Episcopal Church, a reflection on whether we are offering Jesus Christ to the world in the way the Gospel suggests we ought to.
Almighty and everlasting God, whose will it is to restore all things in your well-beloved Son, the King of kings and Lord of lords: Mercifully grant that the peoples of the earth, divided and enslaved by sin, may be freed and brought together under his most gracious rule; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.