In addition to planting new churches, we understand the great importance of maintaining the life of the already existing congregations. Because the life of the Church arises out of the vibrancy of local congregations, the greatest focus of our Diocese is the health and growth of our existing congregations and missions; we must nurture, lovingly tend, and when necessary, carefully prune the consecrated Vine of the Church.
Congregations in CANA East are empowered to be guided by the Holy Spirit and Scripture as they define and plan the ministries that will have a dynamic impact on their communities. Our congregations represent a great diversity of cultures and customs and they are supported to express their worship and ministry in ways that are both true to their Anglican Faith and honor their traditions. To be an Anglican, then, is not to embrace a distinct version of Christianity, but a distinct way of being a "Mere Christian," at the same time evangelical, apostolic, catholic, reformed, and Spirit-filled.