Strategic Plan for the Diocese of Eastern Newfoundland & Labrador

Introduction to Set Sail

Set Sail in the Community

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.

Watch the YouTube Video below of a recent Set Sail Information Session in which Bishop Sam discusses his vision for the Diocese and the goals of the Set Sail strategic plan.

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Six Goals

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In November 2023, the Set Sail Diocesan Conference was held for clergy and parish navigators. The keynote speaker was the Rev. Dr. Dawn Davis, who focused on the first “Two Ships” of the Strategic Plan– Deepening Relationships and Transforming Discipleship. Her talks were recorded and can be viewed below.