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Letter to Bishops, Strategists, PPM and PSC Members

24 July 2014


Dear People of God,

write to share with you my excitement over a forthcoming landmark event in the
life of the Anglican Church of Southern Africa.

just over six weeks' time, representatives from all 28 dioceses, including
experts in strategic planning, will hold two meetings, back-to-back, in which
the Province will seize a Kairos moment to review our Vision and Mission as a
church, to strategize around ways to implement our priorities, and then to make
practical decisions on how to implement them in a manner that is productive,
holistic and transformative.

years ago, the Province adopted a Vision and Mission Statement. In it we
declared that the Anglican community in Southern Africa seeks to be:

  • Anchored
    – in the love of Christ

  • Committed
    – to God’s mission

  • Transformed
    – by the Holy Spirit

    We added
    that across the diverse countries and cultures of our region, we seek:

  • To
    honour God in worship that feeds and empowers us for faithful witness and

  • To
    embody and proclaim the message of God’s redemptive hope and healing for people
    and creation

  • To
    grow communities of faith that form, inform, and transform those who follow

    Within the
    context provided by that statement, we declared our Provincial priorities in
    the succeeding decade to be: Renewal for transformative worship; Theological
    Education and Formation; Leadership Development; Health (HIV and AIDS, malaria,
    and tuberculosis); the environment; women and gender; Protection and nurture of
    children and young people; and public advocacy.

    In the week
    beginning September 14th, we will first hold a Provincial Planning
    Meeting which will be in the nature of a mid-term review of our Vision and

    we will
    assess how much progress we have made, we will look at whether there are

    areas we
    need to tweak and we will plan how to add value to the life of the Church.

    We will
    then take proposals from the Planning Meeting to the regular meeting of the
    Provincial Standing Committee which follows. There we will decide as a
    collective on the proposals and on how to finance and put into effect the
    proposals we adopt.

    One of the
    reasons for my excitement is that at the meetings we will combine the wisdom of
    representatives of the Dioceses with the expertise of an impressive line-up of
    experts in strategic thinking who will join us for the Planning Meeting.

    Please join
    me in praying for the participants in these meetings and for their success,
    using the following prayer regularly in the weeks leading up to and including
    the meetings:


    Almighty God of love, truth and

    by whose grace we discern your call
    to our generation,

    celebrating when you are glad,

    lamenting when you weep:

    give your church love and power to
    act with you,

    joining in your mission to the

    and revealing your justice and peace
    throughout all creation,

    to the  glory of your name;

    through Jesus Christ our crucified,
    risen and ascended Lord,

    who lives and reigns with you and
    the Holy Spirit,

    one God now and forever.


those who will be taking part, I wish you safe travel and look forward to your
enthusiastic participation.


Thabo Makgoba



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