Strategic Plan for the Diocese of Eastern Newfoundland & Labrador

The Four Ships


At the November 2022 Synod of the Diocese of Eastern Newfoundland and Labrador, Bishop Samuel Rose kicked off a strategic planning process and outlined his vision for the Diocese. The resulting framework contains six high-level strategic goals that have been developed to realize that vision. These goals provide direction to the Diocese on priorities to the end of 2025. The approach provides a consistent, repeatable methodology to strategic planning within the Diocese that can continue beyond 2025.

Each of us has a role to play in realizing the full potential of Christ’s Church in the Diocese of Eastern Newfoundland and Labrador. You can all contribute towards the outcomes envisioned by these goals. This is our work, together.

The focus for 2023 is introducing this strategy across the Diocese and empowering parishes to interpret and realize these goals for their own contexts. In 2024, parishes will be asked to prioritize the first two “ships” of the vision (Deepening Relationships and Transforming Discipleship) so that individuals can continue to grow and develop who they are as faithful Anglicans. With that foundation firmly rooted yet always evolving, goals for 2025 will address the actions of the last two “ships” of the vision (Renewing Stewardship and Engaging Partnerships).

By the end of 2025, the Diocese of Eastern Newfoundland and Labrador will endeavour to achieve the following goals as we Set Sail: Charting the Course for Christ’s Church.

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Six Goals

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Set Sail Information Sessions

The purpose of these sessions is to introduce Set Sail: Charting the Course for Christ’s Church to the people of the Diocese. Bishop Sam will discuss his vision for the Diocese and the goals of the Set Sail strategic plan. Participants will consider how the goals can be interpreted and realized in their own local contexts. Attendees should be able to return to their parishes with a good understanding of what comes next on our journey, together.

Date Time Parishes Location Contact
March 18, 2023 10 am (Labrador) Lake Melville
Churchill Falls
Virtual Archdeacon Julie Brace
March 25, 2023 10 am (Labrador) Southeast Labrador
Labrador West
St. Timothy, Rigolet
Virtual Archdeacon Julie Brace
May 16, 2023 7 pm (NFLD) Bay Roberts-Coley's Point
Port de Grave
St. Mark, Shearstown/Butlerville
St. Mathew's,
Bay Roberts
Archdeacon Eli Evans
May 23, 2023 7 pm (NFLD) Carbonear
Harbour Grace
Spaniard's Bay
Upper Island Cove
St. James,
Archdeacon Eli Evans
May 30, 2023 7 pm (NFLD) Pouch Cove
St. Lawrence, Portugal Cove
Bell Island
St. Phillip
Holy Innocents, Paradise
St. Phillip,
St. Phillips
Archdeacon Nancy March
May 31, 2023 7 pm (NFLD) New Hope
Petty Harbour/Bay Bulls/Aquaforte
St. Mary the Virgin
The Ascension
The Good Shepherd
The Ascension,
Mount Pearl
Archdeacon Nancy March
June 7, 2023 7 pm (NFLD) St. Mark the Evangelist
St. Thomas
St. Augustine
St. Michael and All Angels
St. Mark the Evangelist, Logy Bay Rd,
St. John's
Archdeacon Nancy March
June 8, 2023 7:30 pm (NFLD) All Saints, CBS
St. John the Evangelist, CBS
St. Peter, CBS
St. Peter, CBS Archdeacon Nancy March
June 13, 2023 7 pm (NFLD) Epiphany
Heart's Content
St. Mary's,
Heart's Content
Archdeacon Eli Evans
June 22, 2023 7 pm (NFLD) Holy Cross
Holy Spirit
Holy Trinity
Living Water
Good Shepherd,
Norman's Cove
Archdeacon Eli Evans
Sept. 21, 2023 7pm (NFLD) Virtual Session Virtual Session TBA
Sept. 23, 2023 1 pm (NFLD) Bay de Verde Bay de Verde Archdeacon Eli Evans