One of the four strategic directions in our Diocesan Mission Plan is Congregational Life. Resourcing congregations that they might become (or remain) vital and healthy is a key component of this strategic direction and is the basis for the work of the Congregational Vitality Task Force.
Based on the diocesan mission plan, in May, 2014, Bishop Michael Hanley announced the creation of the Congregational Vitality Task Force, to be directed by the Rev. Sara Fischer, Canon for Congregational Development. The Task Force was comprised clergy and lay and included Anne Bartlett, Brandon Filbert, Jeff Littlefield, Jaime Sanders, Brent Was, Carter Hawley, Amelia Ballard, and Ann Hargraves. We were also joined by conversation partners Bishop Hanley, Canon Neysa Ellgren, the Very Rev. Bill Lupfer, the Rev. Beto Arciniega, and the Rev. Rob Voyle.
The Task Force met a number of times in the last year, concluding their group work in January 2015, and engaged the diocese as a whole in conversation through informal gatherings, several online surveys and two exercises during diocesan convention. The data gathered, plus numerous individual conversations throughout the diocese and informal research into the work of others outside the Diocese of Oregon, significantly informed our process and its outcomes.
The entire report is available by clicking this link: Final Report from the Congregational Vitality Task Force