"'Preparing the Way', the strategic planning process that will make recommendations to the next General Synod. consulted with all Canadian dioceses in the first half of this year . A remarkable degree of consensus around a number of key points emerged: We will be smaller and must focus our resources. - The way we understand leadership is changing ....". "The 'Beginners', the task group that oversees 'Preparing the Way', developed four options to place before the National Executive Council in May . They were not intended to represent proposals for action, but to outline some clear choices for NEC's discussion. Option 1: Continue to work at the same priorities but with reduced funding ... Option 2: Build on national strengths: world partnerships, social justice, information and financial development services ... Option 3: Address fundamental issues facing the church in Canada, in partnership with dioceses ... Option 4: Reduce to bare essentials ...". "NEC rejected Option 1 as 'status quo' and asked for further development on the other three. Options 2 and 3 present a clear by unpalatable choice between focusing on international mission or domestic mission -- each at the expense of the other. Members tried in various ways to combine the two, but realized this would put us back to the status quo -- as someone observed: 'two plus three equals one'. Option 4 received little enthusiasm, but members felt it should not be eliminated at this point. Dioceses and national committee members are now being asked for further comments. NEC is expected to select a single option (for recommendation to General Synod) when it meets in November ".