‘I am the vine, you are the branches. Those who abide in me and I in them bear much fruit, because apart from me you can do nothing. If you abide in me and my words abide in you, ask for whatever you wish and it will be done for you’. John15: 5&7
‘Ask and it will be given to you, seek and you will find. Knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, the one who seeks finds’. Matt: 7:7
To introduce this website, I have twinned two of my favourite Gospel quotations which speak to me about centring oneself in Christ and from Him (the vine) networking, sharing, learning, asking, seeking, knocking on doors and with His authority ‘making disciples’ in these times (Matt 28:19). Of course all of this is futile unless we keep going back to the source: Jesus for nourishment and strength for the journey.
The aim of the Pastoral Plan is to accompany each other on this journey. Although this plan began in 2015 and will end in 2020, the asking, seeking and knocking will still continue. The work of evangelisation is constantly being pruned and developed.
After much consultation with clergy, parish pastoral councils and pastoral area resource teams we have focused on three key areas: Mission and Outreach, Spirit-Filled Worship and Understanding Our Faith. There are five objectives under each of these three areas.
Think of all the pastoral projects that your parish or pastoral Area did in the past that created a spark and built or spiritually nourished your faith community and share it with others. This Diocesan Pastoral Plan Website provides an opportunity for your parish to feed others with the Good News of Jesus Our Lord and Saviour. Look upon this website as an invitation as well as a challenge for you to highlight the fruit of your ministry in your parish and pastoral area. ‘SHARE THE JOY OF THE GOSPEL’ with other parishes throughout the world and let this website with its accompanying facebook page be a means of doing this beautiful thing for Jesus – the true Vine.
Fr. Gerry Campbell
(Episcopal Vicar for the Diocesan Pastoral Plan)