The Strategic Plan for the Convocation was the first stage in our Bishop search. The Council of Advice sent vestries and delegates questions that became the central theme of our 2016 Convention in Munich. There, small groups wrestled with the direction of our future life as European Christians. These reflections were then taken up by the Strategic Plan Committee, which was charged with setting the priorities and goals for the future Convocation and the Bishop in Charge that we seek. That Committee also interviewed representatives of our Anglican and ecumenical partners, as well as Bishop Whalon and his staff. After presentation to Convention 2017, this plan then became the basis for the Convocation Profile.
The Convocation of Episcopal Churches in Europe is a welcoming community
that knows God loves all people – no exceptions.
We celebrate our diversity of languages, cultures and nations.
Worshipping together, we rejoice in reaching out to the world and becoming One in Christ.
Where (we believe) God is leading us
Be vibrant congregations, which more fully proclaim and live the Gospel of Jesus Christ;
Develop new communities, where possible in association with ecumenical partners, including indigenous language churches;
Foster ecumenical and interfaith relationships and projects;
Be a progressive and prophetic Christian witness to secular post-Christian European societies;
Engage European policy-makers, along with other churches, in the promotion of justice, peace and the integrity of creation;
Achieve financial stability and sustainability for the Convocation and its constituent churches.
What we need to move forward in our next Episcopate
Configure the Convocation staff to more effectively serve the needs of the Convocation and its congregations;
Enhance cooperation through better communications and consultation between Convocation staff, congregational leadership, committee chairs and deputies to General Convention;
Review key structures that are already in place, such as the Commission on the Ministry of the Baptized (COMB), the Youth Commission, and the European Institute for Christian Studies (EICS), to ensure a coherent process for the raising up and equipping of new leadership for the congregations;
Establish an inventory of skills and experience of clergy and lay leaders in view of sharing such resources more widely within the Convocation;
Develop leadership, ideas and resources for stewardship;
Strengthen the pastoral care of clergy and lay leadership in our churches, giving attention to the welcoming and orientation of new clergy, congregational development and continuing education.
A word from our partners
To the above, we add the hope of our Anglican and Old Catholic partners that the Bishop of the Convocation be well within the Anglican and ecumenical context in continental Europe, and aware of the role that the Convocation has played in the process of establishing an Anglican Province in Europe. To do this, the new Bishop must be aware of the reality of the other Anglican and Old Catholic jurisdictions in Europe: their history, ecclesiology, culture and current challenges. The new Bishop should also have the ability to continue work in the areas already developed by the former Bishop in concrete terms in the dialogue and interreligious cooperation in France, and an ability to lead a minority church in a Roman Catholic Church context and in an increasingly secularized European society.