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Algoma helps Shape a Strategy for National Support of Vital and Healthy Parishes

Posted: May 29, 2015

Algoma helps Shape a Strategy for National Support of Vital and Healthy Parishes

The Diocese of Algoma is engaged in an exciting multi-year process involving Anglicans and Lutherans from across Canada. Rooted in two national consultations, the Vital and Healthy Parishes initiative (VHP) forges networks of mutual learning and collegial support for people engaged in, and passionate about fostering parish vitality in the Anglican Church of Canada and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada.

VHP is designed to facilitate an ongoing nationwide sharing of resources. It aims to tap leadership for a virtual school with a web presence, and to compile a list of coaches and consultants from across Canada skilled and experienced in developing and supporting vital, healthy congregations.

Algoma’s Congregational Development Officer, Jay Koyle, has been involved in the planning and facilitation of VHP from its earliest stages. Anne Germond, Marie Loewen and Pamela Rayment participated in the 2014 and 2015 gatherings, with Jim Schell and Patrick McManus also taking part in 2014.

You are encouraged to read the report from the 2014 VHP consultation to the Council of General Synod here.

The report contains a helpful description of what makes for vital and healthy congregations.

Reflections from Algoma’s participants in the 2015 consultation can be found here.  Their remarks outline some helpful ideas for both our Diocese and its deaneries and congregations.


For more information or to offer your input, please feel free to contact Jay Koyle,


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