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GROWTH: THROUGH STRONG LEADERSHIP “The gifts he gave were that some would be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until all of us come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to maturity, to the measure of the full stature of Christ.” Ephesians 4:11-13 Q & A WITH DIOCESAN LEADERS: BISHOP HOWARD, JOHN BAKER AND THE REV. RICK WESTBURY Q. What does our 174th Convention of the Diocese of Q. What are the important ingredients in this new era of Florida convention theme “A New Day” mean to you? evangelism and growth? Bishop Howard (Bishop of Bishop Howard: The most important, essential Florida): For me, a “New Day” ingredient is an increasing emphasis on prayer within the means exploring ways to seize Diocese. We should pray that we will recognize what God new opportunities of fully living wants us to do and that we will have the Grace to do these into the missions that God has things with zeal, passion, and enthusiasm to grow his called us to. This begins with church. After all, the primary mission of the church as the rediscovering our relationship body of Christ in the World is The Great Commission. with Christ and discovering our “Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mission through Jesus rooted in mountain where Jesus had told them to go. When they BISHOP HOWARD the Great Commission. saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. Then, John Baker (St. Marks, Jacksonville): Jesus came to them and said, ‘All authority in heaven and I believe that a “New Day” means the beginning of an era on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make of evangelism and expansion of the Episcopal Church in disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the North Florida. Our Diocese will be focused on “doing Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching church better,” and the Diocese of Florida will help its them to obey everything I have commanded you. And churches to realize that goal. surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.’” The Rev. Rick Westbury (Christ Church, PVB): (Matthew 28: 16-20) The theme for this important work reminds us that God John Baker: First, we need a group of is always trying to do a new thing in our lives … trying clergy and lay leadership that is “fred up” about growing to encourage us along that path of personal and collective the Episcopal Church in North Florida, and second, we awakening. This can be a journey of wonder and discovery have a Diocese that will help them with the tools, people if we bring willingness, and even a desire to be recreated. and skills to make that happen. 2 DIOCESAN MAGAZINE | WINTER-SPRING 2017
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