Bishops' Vision Statement

Bishops' Vision Statement

 

The Church of Ireland, as an authentic part of the universal church of God, is
called  to  develop  growing  communities  of  faith,  in  and  through  which  the
Kingdom of God is made known, and in which the whole people serve together
as followers of Jesus Christ for the good of the world to the Glory of God.

    
Three key words were extracted from that "mission statement" to summarize its key components. The words are

Growth - Unity - Service

That  initial  statement  and  its  three  components  surfaced  afresh  as  the  bishops  worked together   to   articulate   a   vision   for   the   Church.   Here   is   the   vision   the   bishops  enthusiastically agreed upon. It is a shared vision, the corporate vision of the Bishops of the Church of Ireland. We commend it to the whole church.

In the power of the Spirit, our mission requires us to order our contemporary worship and life in a manner that nurtures growth, promotes unity and liberates us for service in the world that is God's

Worship & Spiritual Growth

Through stillness, through celebrating, through drinking deeply of the wells of salvation, we are called to explore God's beauty and love, to renew the face of the earth and to recover the divine image that is within us.
Hence we must:

  • Acknowledge that worship is humanity's primary purpose
  • Offer worship that articulates truth and evokes holy beauty
  • Ensure  that  our  worship  is  rooted  in  the  faith  once  delivered,  but  is  never static
  • Pray  that  it  may  be  magnetically  attractive,  energizing  and  informing  the
  • building of the kingdom     
  • Rejoice that through it countless individuals form one body in Christ

Unity & Dialogue

The Church is called to be an agent of God's purpose to bring all things together in Christ; to be the sign, instrument and first fruits of that oneness in Christ that is God's gift and God's will.

Hence we must:

  • Strive to live in unity and peace among ourselves and with the whole family of God
  • Model respectful relations with humanity and the whole created order
  • Develop common life and action with other Christian traditions
  • Work  for  greater  mutual  understanding  with  those  of  other  faiths  and  of none

Living God's Kingdom and serving the world

Aligning ourselves daily with Christ's own prayer and example, the calling of the Church is to pray for, discern and realise the presence of God's kingdom among us.

Hence we must:    

  • Engage compassionately with the world and society in all its rich variety of need and   opportunity
  • Be both disciples and discipling; perpetual learners in the school of Christ as we ourselves strive to teach and serve others
  • Daily and energetically embody and proclaim the values of the Kingdom for whose coming we long. Maranatha! Come, Lord Jesus! Amen