Diocesan Purpose Statement

“We challenge ourselves and the world to love like Jesus as we worship joyfully, serve compassionately, and grow spiritually.”

Convocation deans present draft purpose statement at Ministry Forum
By Nan Ross

The deans of the 10 convocations making up the Diocese of Atlanta have drafted a purpose statement for the diocese and have presented it for feedback from throughout the Episcopal congregations of Middle and North Georgia.

Read the draft statement in purple type on the page linked below, but here’s how the process has unfolded: Beginning last November when clergy and delegates were asked by Bishop Rob Wright to ponder what the purpose of the diocese might be, the deans studied responses written after a time of worship, prayer and discussion. The Rev. Keith Oglesby, rector of Church of the Holy Spirit, Cumming, combed the documents to identify common themes. The Very Rev. Allen Pruitt LaGrange, dean of the Chattachoochee Valley Convocation, headed the writing effort for the deans.

At a June 9 forum of diocesan ministry leaders, Bishop Wright invited people to respond to the deans’ work and then go about soliciting additional input from people and parish groups – even those not identified as Episcopalians.

“Our real intent is to sow some seeds and watch for what emerges,” Wright said. “This is all about discerning God’s purpose for us as the Episcopal Church in Middle and North Georgia, and responding to the promises made at baptism.”

Taken from: Called to Purpose from the Atlanta Episcopal Diocese website