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Episcopal Church Center moves forward with new strategic model

December 1, 2009

The Episcopal Church Center continues to move into its new strategic model emphasizing project-based goal-oriented mission and ministry.

The new structure calls for a Department of Mission with seven program-based Mission Teams.

In a November 18 memo released to Church staff, Directors of Mission Antoinette (Toni) Daniels and the Rev. Margaret R. Rose explained, "Mission Teams will carry out the core message of the team. Each team will have a unique way of working, depending on the nature of its ministry yet all will work according to the same guiding principles which are currently in process."

Additionally, they stated in the memo, "Cross-team project groups will be comprised of members of various teams (as well as departments, agencies or others as appropriate) who come together to complete a task. New projects will begin and end throughout the triennium consistently bringing together colleagues to combine their talents."

Daniels and Rose announced the leaders of the seven teams:

Diocesan and Congregational Ministries – the Rev. Bob Honeychurch
Diversity, Social and Environmental Ministries – Sarah Eagle Heart
Episcopal Migration Ministries – Deborah Stein
Federal Ministries – Bishop George Packard
Global Partnerships – Canon Margaret Larom
Government Advocacy for Peace and Justice – Alex Baumgarten
Lifelong Christian Formation and Vocation – Bronwyn Clark Skov

The team leaders accepted the leadership roles for an initial commitment of 18 months after which an evaluation of this new approach will occur.

The reconfiguration was developed as a result of the $141 million budget for 2010-2012 adopted by General Convention which called for cuts in most areas and results in staff reductions across program, canonical and corporate areas. Approximately 40 staff positions were either eliminated or reduced.

The Episcopal Church welcomes all who worship Jesus Christ in 109 dioceses and three regional areas in 16 nations. The Episcopal Church is a member province of the worldwide Anglican Communion.

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