Our Vision for Tasmania
“The Church is the only institution that exists primarily for the benefit of those who are not its members”.
A Church for Tasmania, making disciples of Jesus.
This is our new Diocesan Vision, launched at our Synod on Friday June 2, 2017.
We want our church to be a church for Tasmania. At one level this simply means that we are here for the long haul. We have been here since European settlement, and we will be here until the Lord Jesus returns. We are not the state church, but we need to be confident in our place as a significant part of Tasmanian society.
But at another level it means that we are a church FOR Tasmania, in the sense that we want to make a positive contribution to it.
It was William Temple, who was Archbishop of Canterbury in the 1940’s, who said, “The Church is the only institution that exists primarily for the benefit of those who are not its members”.
We are primarily not a club for our own selves, but a missionary society for the world around us; and we have been sent by Jesus on mission to Tasmania.
If to be ‘A Church for Tasmania’ is our objective, then our strategy to become this church, is ‘making disciples of Jesus’. This was Jesus’ instruction to the disciples after his resurrection just before he ascended into glory; his parting words of commission.
“All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:18-20
I take it that these words are our commission too. Our mission is to make disciples, that is, followers of the Lord Jesus Christ.
This is not a mission for the clergy alone, nor just for the leaders among us, but the mission of every baptised believer. Jesus assures us of his authority to do this, and his presence with us. There are many good things that the church does, but if it is not doing this, then it is not being the church.
I invite you to join me in this great endeavor.
With warm wishes,
Our new logo
To mark the transition to the new Diocesan Vision, it was time for a fresh contemporary look for the Diocese of Tasmania.
Our new logo, modelled on the iconic Tasmanian Cradle Mountain, recalls this island state of mountains (Cradle, Roland, Wellington, Strezlecki, Ossa, Scott's Peak, The Hazards, Frenchman's Cap, Pelion, Ben Lomond, Federation Peak, Hartz etc).
It reminds us that God is our fortress, our rock, the steadfast one, and it reminds us that His Son, the Lord Jesus, died on that lonely hill of Calvary for our redemption.
It was designed by talented young graphic designer, Lauren Jones. www.laurenjones.design
Glorious Father, God of our Lord Jesus Christ, Give to us the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that we may know you better. Enlighten the eyes of our hearts, that we may know the hope to which you have called us, the riches of Christ's glorious inheritance in your holy people, and your incomparably great power for us who believe.
Please make us to be a church for Tasmania, to bless those around us, that Christ may be known and glorified through us. Please help us to make disciples of Jesus in all that we do through confident flourishing parishes, partnerships with Anglican agencies and schools, missional chaplaincy, and by being a people of blessing in our communities.
We ask this for the Glory of the Lord Jesus Christ, in whose name we pray.