The Congregational Reporting process has now begun at www.acna.org.
What is the Congregational Reporting Process?
Each year congregations of the Anglican Church in North America report information to their diocese and the province. Typically this process involves input from the leadership of the congregation (Rector, Treasurer, Parish Administrator, etc) in five general categories: Contact, Membership, Worship, Stewardship, and Ministry.
This year we will be using a new web-based system where PIN numbers are no longer required.
Defining a Congregation
Please realize that for the purposes of this report, the working definition of a ‘Congregation’ is more broad than that of an established parish. A Congregation is “a unique worshiping community where the Word is preached and the sacraments are celebrated.” In the past, some congregations have not reported when they could have because they assumed that they needed to be fully independent. If you are not sure whether or not your worshiping community is a ‘congregation’ you can find more information here: www.acna.org/help
Below is some more information about the process and the new web platform:
How Do I Get Started?
This Quick Start Guide will lead you through the steps to get started: www.acna.org/quick-start
Why Does This Matter?
This reporting is important because it:
2) helps our diocese and province move beyond anecdotal information in order to evaluate larger trends within our Church.
3) is an opportunity to update vital contact information for yourself and your congregation.
How Will This System Be Useful in the Future?
This website is the foundation of the new provincial website, and your congregation’s page will be a point of contact for those looking for an Anglican church in your area. Although the reporting season will end on March 31st, you will have access to this system year-round in order to be able to update information about your parish and highlight your ministries for prospective visitors.
What if I Need Assistance?
2) There is a “Support” tab on the website, where a volunteer is available to assist you via Live Chat Monday-Friday 9am-5pm EST. (Please understand that there will be thousands of people people using the system, but there are only 3 support staff. If you don’t get someone via live chat right away, you can leave a message and they will get back with you as soon as they are able.)