Identity, Purpose and Strategic Priorities
Having developed our Identity and Purpose Statements, members of the Planning Team have also identified six areas in the Advent’s life and ministry, which will help us move towards our purpose, knowing our identity.
More than 80 Adventers will be involved in this part of our process. Each of these six areas (or “Strategic Priorities”) will have a team of Adventers working to identify ideas related to these areas. These ideas will be developed further into concrete steps to help guide the Advent forward.
Below are our Identity and Purpose Statements, as well as a listing of each of our six Strategic Priorities, a brief statement describing that priority, and the Adventers who are on that team. Please join other Adventers in praying for this process, that the Lord’s vision for the Advent would be prayerfully discerned:
Almighty God, the giver and provider of all things: Look with favor upon the Cathedral Church of the Advent, granting your grace and wisdom, as we seek to be faithful stewards of your gifts. We ask humbly that you would clarify your vision and will for your church, providing what is needed for the same, only through the merits and mediation of your Son, our Savior, Christ Jesus the Lord. Amen.
The Advent is a church with a living, daring confidence in God’s grace through the gospel of Jesus Christ.
The Advent exists to proclaim the freeing power of the gospel of Jesus Christ and make disciples wherever God has placed us.
Worship: We will hold the gospel at the center, rooting our worship in the Anglican Reformation, making it always accessible and hospitable.
Carrie Black, George Elliott, Brooke Fleming, Stephen Greene, Troy Haas, Zac Hicks, Palmer Kennedy Jr., Julia King, Mildred Knight, Lauren Pearson, Paul Petznik, Fred Teardo
Discipleship: We will equip every member of the Advent for the work of ministry. “Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them.”
Fran Cade, Richard Cook, Jay Ezelle, Mark Gignilliat, Kate Hamilton, Hewes Hull, Shannon Lisenby, Tommy Mayfield, Don Menendez, Andrew Pearson, David Phillips, Oscar Price, Caroline Springfield, Chris Weingartner, Rita Wright
Ministry Development: We will identify, develop, and resource leaders for vocational ministry in the church and beyond.
Cameron Cole, Mary Beth Cunningham, Whit DeBardeleben, Jim Gorrie, Victor Hanson, Bryan Helm, John Hornsby, Kristen Padilla, Matt Schneider, Lee Thuston, Jason Wallace
Outreach: We will serve the Lord Jesus Christ by engaging in His spiritual and material restoration of our city and world.
Brandon Bennett, Nina Botsford, Lyda Burnette, Martha Ann Doyal, David Fleming, Rachel Fry, Naomi Gignilliat, Kelly Hulsey, Ali Johnson, Deborah Leighton, Pete Pritchard, Bethany Rushing, Forsyth White, Will Womack, Louise Yoder
Shepherding: We will focus on the reconciling word and work of Jesus Christ as they propel us in the way we care for and live with one another.
Mary Bradley Anderson, Robin Anderson, Charlie DeBardeleben, Marilyn Dixon, Bob Given, Sally Goings, Ryan Griffin, Mary Hanson, Tommy Kitsmiller, Kathy Logue, David McKee, Miriam Morris, Steven Nichols, Craig Ogard, Fontaine Pope, Taylor Pursell, Donna Seibels, Sarah Seibels, Craig Smalley, Gretchen Williams
Communication: We will communicate in ways that effectively enhance and further the ministry and purpose of the Advent.
Kelsey Alvis, Jim Andrews, Martin Clapp, Taylor Dawson, Ford Hamilton, Gil Kracke, Jane Menendez, Kate Nielsen, Kelly Norwood, Charlie Scribner