Becoming Good Soil
‘Listen!” Jesus said. “A sower went out to sow. And as he sowed, some seed fell on the path, and the birds came and ate it up. . . Other seed fell into good soil and brought forth grain, growing up and increasing and yielding thirty and sixty and a hundredfold.’ And Jesus said, ‘Let anyone with ears to hear listen!’
In the Episcopal Diocese of Washington (EDOW), we are undertaking the work of becoming good soil.
We know that the most transformative work requires intentional planning and strategic effort. To that end, we are embarking on a diocesan-wide strategic planning process that we hope will allow us to take stock together of where we are now -- our strengths and our challenges, where we see fruitfulness in our ministries and where we struggle -- and then commit to a mutually discerned vision of God’s preferred future for our diocese.
Our planning will be most effective if it includes the views of the full range of our community and takes into account the distinctive contexts of each geographic region, building upon work our leadership has already begun to cultivate in collaboration among our constituencies.
Collect for the Strategic Planning Process
Gracious God, thank you for your love and faithfulness toward us.
Your Son Jesus Christ commissioned the Church to go into the world and make disciples of all nations.
We come to you as members of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington asking for your guidance as we engage in our Strategic Planning Process.
Give us wisdom to discern your vision for the diocese and courage for our churches to implement the vision through programs and ministries.
We pray for our sister, Bishop Mariann, and members of the diocesan staff as they provide inspiration and guidance to our churches.
Open our hearts to your Holy Spirit and lead us to follow the Way of Love with creativity and purpose.
We offer our prayer and petition in the name of your Son, our Savior Jesus Christ.
Written by The Rev. Joseph Constant, St. John's Episcopal Church, Beltsville, MD