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Scottish General Synod: Next Steps

20 June 2014

THE Primus described the new Scottish Episcopal Institute and the new shape of Mission Board as complementing each other, and "probably the most significant organisational changes for a generation." The Next Steps report in 2013 recommended setting up networks that would connect the seven dioceses of the SEC into a coherent expression of the mission life of the church as a whole

"The Whole Church Policy places the focus of missional energy in our dioceses and congregations, under the leaderships of our bishops as leaders of mission," the Primus said. "We have to let go of the idea that policy is made at the centre, radiating out like the spokes of a wheel. We have to work out how we achieve coherence; how we avoid becoming seven churches; how we share, spread, and cross-fertilise best practice across our Church."

The Revd Fay Lamont, convener, said that the new networks would "operate on a light-touch basis". They would home in on spirituality in a culture where, it seemed, "people are looking everywhere except the Church."

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