In his opening report, titled “The Apostolic Work of the Church,” Metropolitan Tikhon presented a working copy of his vision for the Church’s ongoing ministry for the immediate future. He highlighted the following aspects of his vision:
- The All-American Council. In the spirit of the early Church, the 18th AAC in 2015 will appropriate the theme of the First All-American Sobor of 1907—“How to Expand the Mission”—at which Saint Tikhon presided.
A detailed review of the work of the Chancery staff was presented by Archpriest Eric G. Tosi, Secretary. He also reported on ongoing plans for the 18th All-American Council, including potential agenda items and operational issues.
Melanie Ringa, Treasurer, updated Holy Synod members on the financial status of the Church and the results of the most recent audit. She also reviewed possible scenarios for financing the Church, developed in conjunction with the diocesan chancellors and treasurers, for presentation at the 18th AAC.
Archpriest Alexander Rentel updated the Holy Synod on the current work of the Statute Revision Commission. The draft of the revised Statute is expected to be available for review by the Church before the end of summer 2014. The Commission will provide opportunities for comprehensive discussion by all members of the Church in various forums. The revised Statute will be presented for adoption at the 18th All-American Council.