Archbishop announces final mission areas
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Find our which mission area your parish is in by scrolling to the list at the end of the story.
Further details in the July edition of Southern Cross, including profiles on four of the new mission leaders.
Archbishop Peter Jensen has hand-picked 18 rectors to be mission leaders in order to boost local mission endeavours across all parishes.
It is the biggest structural change since Sydney Diocese was split into five regions more than a decade ago. Every parish will now be part of one of these 18 mission areas.
"The ultimate aim of mission areas is to see more people come to Christ and be established in new and existing churches," says Bishop Ivan Lee (pictured) who nailed down the details.
A key plank in the plan is boosting the level of co-operation between neighbouring parishes.
"Mission areas is about ministers and churches working in a greater level of partnership than in the past," he said. "It's not about doing everything together. Local church initiative must continue but we can work together at a strategic level, such as discovering gospel opportunities, devising new outreach strategies, equipping one another and sharing resources."
Some people have wondered "” given the workload on rectors overseeing existing congregations "” how they will find time to work on extra projects.
"To use a clichÃ©, I trust that any effort in partnerships will result in working smarter, not harder," Bishop Lee says. "I want to turn the question around: how can we afford not to work together?"
Although there were a number of younger rectors chosen, Bishop Lee says the 18 mission leaders were not appointed on the basis of age. He says an ability to think strategically was a key selection criteria.
"Among givens such as a deep passion for the lost and commitment to mission, the characteristics we looked for included an ability to see the big picture, to motivate others and to re-organise their time to fulfil the role."
Mission leaders will undergo training immediately but will determine their own programs. Bishop Lee expects most area meetings will commence by September.
MISSION AREA: Blue Mountains
MISSION LEADER: The Rev Ted Brush
MISSION AREA: Blacktown-Penrith
MISSION LEADER: The Rev David Clarke
Lalor Park & Kings Langley
MISSION AREA: Hills and Hawkesbury
MISSION LEADER: The Rev Geoff Bates
West Pennant Hills
MISSION AREA: Parramatta
MISSION LEADER: The Rev Raj Gupta
Auburn " St Philip's
Auburn " St Thomas'
Greystanes with Merrylands West
Guildford with Villawood
Parramatta Nth with Harris Park
MISSION AREA: Ryde
MISSION LEADER: The Rev Phil Wheeler
MISSION AREA: Upper North Shore
MISSION LEADER: The Rev Bruce Stanley
Asquith-Mt Colah-Mt Kuring-gai
Hornsby Anglican Chinese Church
Philadelphia Anglican Church
Wahroonga " St Andrew's
Wahroonga " St Paul's
MISSION AREA: Lower North Shore
MISSION LEADER: The Rev Rick Smith
Lane Cove & Mowbray
Mosman " St Clement's
Mosman " St Luke's
MISSION AREA: Warringah
MISSION LEADER: The Rev Kerry Nagel
Avalon with Palm Beach
Manly Vale with Allambie Hts
SOUTH SYDNEY REGION
MISSION AREA: Sydney City
MISSION LEADER: TBC
Cathedral of St Andrew
Christ Church, St Laurence
St James', King Street
St Philip's, York Street
MISSION AREA: Inner West
MISSION LEADER: The Rev Antony Barraclough
Ashfield, Five Dock & Haberfield
Concord & Burwood
Concord West with Concord Nth
Newtown with Erskineville
Strathfield & Homebush
MISSION AREA: Eastern Suburbs
MISSION LEADER: The Rev Warwick de Jersey
Vaucluse & Rose Bay
MISSION AREA: Hurstville-Kogarah
MISSION LEADER: The Rev Mat Yeo
Beverly Hills with Kingsgrove
Christ Church St George
St George (Kogarah)
St George North
MISSION AREA: Canterbury-Bankstown
MISSION LEADER: The Rev Gary Bennetts
Belmore with McCallums Hill & Clemton Park
Canterbury with Hurlstone Park
Chester Hill with Sefton
MISSION AREA: Liverpool
MISSION LEADER: The Rev Bruce Dingwall
Fairfield with Bossley Park
MISSION AREA: Camden-Campbelltown
MISSION LEADER: The Rev Deryck Howell
MISSION AREA: Shoalhaven-Southern Highlands
MISSION LEADERS: The Rev Matt Pickering and The Rev Richard Mills
Berrima cum Moss Vale
Berry with Kangaroo Valley
MISSION AREA: Sutherland
MISSION LEADER: The Rev Neil Fitzpatrick
Helensburgh & Stanwell Park
MISSION AREA: Wollongong
MISSION LEADER: The Rev Stephen Semenchuk
Sydney Diocese's three Indigenous fellowships are also being included in their relevant mission areas. While other church plants which are not official Anglican parishes have not been listed, this does not mean they are excluded.