ECMN’s Priorities – Autumn 2020
Four priorities to help shape our life together as a diocese.
At ECMN convention in September of 2020, Bishop Loya outlined 4 priorities that will help shape our life together as a diocese: discipleship, faithful innovation, justice, and vitality.
Here’s a bit of what he shared at convention:
“As I have come to know you, I have heard a longing to be more deeply rooted in Jesus and his way of love. I have heard a longing to boldly embrace the church’s changing landscape, because you believe that God is not done with us yet. I have heard you wanted to get on board with Minnesota’s rapidly shifting demographics and fully receive the gifts of our diversity. I have heard a longing to nurture vital congregations of every size, shape, persuasion and location.
As we enter into this new chapter of life together, I am proposing a set of 4 priorities to help shape our life together as a diocese: discipleship, faithful innovation, justice, and vitality.
I believe we are being called to first return our focus to the basics of discipleship: daily practices that help us follow Jesus as a whole way of life. Discipleship is our core business. When we deeply ground ourselves in it, I believe we will see that bear fruit in at least three major ways.
- Faithful Innovation: joining the Spirit in new ways to proclaim and live out the gospel.
- Justice: joining the Spirit in becoming the beloved community
- Vital faith communities of every kind, in every place.
The question before us is clear: will we, will each one of us, join what the Spirit is doing among and around us?”
Watch and Read the Bishop’s Address
Click here for a video of the Bishop’s Address to Convention from September, 2020 for an introduction to these priorities. You can find a text version of these remarks by clicking here.