The Episcopal Diocese of Upper South Carolina, meeting for its 84th annual convention October 20-21 in Spartanburg, was called to continue the "Healthy Church Initiative" it began at the spring session of its convention.
The initiative's purpose, according to Diocesan Bishop Dorsey Henderson, is "to assist congregations in effectively changing lives, by bringing people into relationship with God through Jesus Christ."
Henderson said that through a "generous gift" to him as the diocesan bishop, the diocese can provide free consultation "with a church professional regarding every aspect of congregational life, in order to promote the congregations health and, therefore, vitality for mission."
He said he expects every congregation in the diocese to have had such a consultation by the next convention, something that 28 of the diocese's 65 congregations have already done.
Henderson also reported that he, his staff and the Diocesan Executive Council have reorganized the way they work together using "the vows of our Baptismal Covenant as a foundation for our life together as the Body of Christ -- for becoming healthier in order to do our work of ministry."
"It requires a broader and deeper level of consultation and decision-making between the Bishop and the Council -- but, equally significant, it provides space and opportunities for all of us -- you and me -- to participate in the discernment and implementation of God's call to us," he said.
The full text of Henderson's address is available here.
The convention delegates passed resolutions to: