On September 22nd, 10am-3pm, we are pleased to welcome Ven. Richard King (our archdeacon for mission) and the ‘ID’ team to St. Augustine’s. Two years ago, Bishop Jane hosted Alan Hirsh to speak at our annual clergy conference. We were so taken with him that a number of clergy (including me) began meeting together to further explore his writings. As well, a diocesan ‘ID’ team came together to help bring the same teaching into parishes. ID means “intentional discipleship” referring to how we grow up into our own identity and vocation through Christ, connected to the church.
The first ID ‘prototype’ parishes began last year, and now St. Augustine’s is in the second wave.
Leaning on Ephesians 4 (morning session), and blended with the Enneagram (afternoon session), the framework centers around our gifts as individuals and how we actually function together as a church. Too often we view the differences between us as negative, but they are, in fact, the way God invites us to work together.
Other parishes that have welcomed the process have had really positive experiences and I think every parish has encountered some joyful surprises along the way. (“What me? An evangelist?!”)
I have already found Richard’s presentation helpful in my own life and ministry and I am confident you will too.
If you would like to read more, here is the letter from Richard that is available at the church: id framework at st a’s
Please make every effort to attend this workshop, it is the kind of thing where if one person is missing, we don’t get the complete picture. We each bring much to St. Augustine’s and this Saturday will help us to see and experience that more clearly.
In preparation for the Saturday. Please take the following survey. Record your results and bring them to the session.