Seven Criteria for Mission (as adopted by Diocesan Convention on October 23, 2011)

1) Diocesan resources will support program/ministry efforts that are Christ-centered and Gospel-oriented.

2) Diocesan resources will support program/ministry efforts that collaborate with other churches, communities and affinity groups and demonstrate a willingness to share personnel and resources.

3) Diocesan resources will support those program/ministry efforts led by those who can demonstrate their experience as well as passion for their particular ministry

4) Diocesan resources will support program/ministry efforts with evaluation processes in place and those that can articulate a plan to achieve sustainability.

5) Diocesan resources will support program/ministry efforts whose leaders are willing to share their successes and best practices as well as failures with other congregations or collaborative groups that wish to replicate their work in other parts of the Diocese.

6) Diocesan resources will support program/ministry efforts that demonstrate a willingness to move from a centralized approach to ones that will involve and benefit a wide range and number of people within the diocese and beyond.

7) Diocesan resources will support program/ministry efforts that demonstrate the values of transparency, equity, fairness and collaboration.

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