At Diocesan Synod in 2021, people from all over the Diocese of Kootenay affirmed a motion to review the ways in which we structure and organize ourselves as a diocese. Through this motion, the Structures Working Group was formed and tasked with critically examining what structures and processes are and are not working to serve God’s mission in this diocese.

The Working Group is currently in a research and consultation phase, seeking to understand the strengths and weaknesses, the opportunities and challenges of our current diocesan structures. At Diocesan Synod in October 2022, this group will engage Synod members in further consultation before moving forward with recommendations. 

Throughout this time, all people and parishes of the Diocese of Kootenay are invited to join together in this prayer for renewal and guidance as we seek to embrace God’s future, together.

A Prayer for Renewal
O God who knows the needs of the Church in every place:
by the light of your Holy Spirit, guide us
as we seek to respond faithfully to you in this time.

May we open our hands to the future you call us to;
May we open our hearts to those you are calling us to serve;
May we open our minds to new insight and new knowledge;
May we open our doors to go out towards those you would have us meet.

Lead us into your future together;
help us to build trust and resilience in our common life;
help us to anticipate and celebrate new possibilities.
We pray these things in the name of Jesus,
the one who invites us into the newness of life.

SWG- Our Work to Date

June 10

  • Started analysis of the Opportunities and Threats identified in SWOT exercise
    • Which are the most promising (external) opportunities that the Diocese could build on? 
    • Which threats could the Diocese minimize? 

June 3, 2022


  • Expanded on items identified in June 1 meeting 
  • Outlined items to include in presentation to Oct. 1 Synod
June 1, 2022
  • Analysis of SWOT begins!  
  • From our list of identified STRENGTHS, what could the Diocese could build on? And, How could the Diocese turn around, minimize, or even eliminate the identified WEAKNESSES? 
  • Still looking for a Central OK representative 
  • Written report for Synod due August 1

May 20, 2022

  • Second half of SWOT analysis -- (O)pportunities and T(hreats) external to Diocese

  • To build understanding and communicate what we are working on to the whole Diocese, agreed to post meeting summaries (like this one!) regularly on SWG webpage 

  • Discussed stats needed for “the mirror” of the Diocese Synod package

May 5, 2022

  • First half of SWOT analysis -- (S)trengths and (W)eaknesses of Diocese

  • Welcome to Rita Harrison, new Executive Officer; update on what we’ve done so far

  • Update on second visioning session with Archbishop

  • Discussed fall Synod as a great opportunity to a) present “the mirror” of the Diocese to the Diocese (i.e. Brown Paper) and b) get feedback from Synod members. 

  • Look at timing for Synod materials next time, and possible questions  


Download Sept 2021- April 2022 Meeting Summaries

Letter from Bishop Lynne & SWG Chair Joanne Simpson, Terms of Reference