A099 Research Capacity for The Episcopal Church

During its work in this triennium, the House of Deputies State of the Church Committee, charged with being “an energetic think tank and incubator for adaptive thinking, innovative ideas, and fresh approaches to the church’s leadership, organizational thinking, and common life,” found itself limited by the Episcopal Church’s lack of meaningful capacity to collect and analyze data in a coordinated way. Other interim bodies also struggled to formulate and conduct research, and at times, many overlapping surveys were put in the field by disparate committees with no way to coordinate. In order for the Episcopal Church to be the body of Christ in a world that badly needs our witness, we must have professional research expertise capacity that can help us reclaim and reinvent the church.