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The Episcopal Church is accepting applications for the new full-time position of Staff Officer for Church Planting Infrastructure, a member of the Presiding Bishop’s staff.

The Church Planting and Mission Development Department is overseeing the creation of a churchwide network for planting congregations, recruiting and training church planters, and establishing new ministries throughout the Episcopal Church. The Staff Officer for Church Planting Infrastructure will collaborate in the design, development and implementation of resources, strategies and structures that foster a churchwide movement of new ministries. In addition to experience with developing congregations among congregations historically under-represented in the Episcopal Church, Spanish language proficiency is preferred.

Detailed position information and application instructions are available here

Deadline for applying is May 22.  

For more information contact a member of the Episcopal Church Human Resources Team at hrm@episcopalchurch.org.

The Episcopal Church values diversity of culture and thought and seeks talented, qualified employees regardless of race, gender, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, disability, age, gender identity and expression, or any other protected classification under Federal, State or Municipal law as well as the Canons of the Episcopal Church and resolutions of the Episcopal Church General Convention.  We are proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer.

 

The Episcopal Church is accepting applications for the new full-time position of Staff Officer for Church Planting Infrastructure, a member of the Presiding Bishop’s staff. The Church Planting and Mission Development Department is overseeing the

At its February meeting, the Executive Council of the Episcopal Church awarded $821,000 in grants for church planting and Mission Enterprise Zones, to fund the start of 20 new ministries throughout the Church.

The grants for church planting and Mission Enterprise Zones, which are evangelistic ministries with populations that are under-represented in the church, are funded through General Convention 2015 Resolution D005, approved as part of the Jesus Movement priority to build a capacity for church planting in the Episcopal Church. 

The Genesis Group - the Advisory Group of Executive Council’s Joint Standing Committee on Local Ministry and Mission - received and reviewed 35 grant requests. Executive Council approved $821,000 in matching grants to the following ministry applications.

  • $510,000: six new church starts                                                                    
  • $85,000: one renewing ministry (started in the last triennium)
  • $100,000: two Hybrid/Mission Enterprise Zone grants
  • $100,000: five new Mission Enterprise Zones
  • $26,000: six discernment grants

The following are the grant recipients and a brief description from the Rev. Thomas Brackett, Episcopal Church Manager for Church Planting and Mission Development. Links to these ministries are here.

New Church Starts

Episcopal Church Parker County, Diocese of Fort Worth - $100,000
This ministry will plant an Episcopal Church in the middle of the largest new community currently being built in the United States (projected population of 50,000 residents). In a state where churchgoing is still the norm, many of these families will be looking for a church to attend. The Episcopal Church of Parker County, which already has roots in the area, plans to welcome them with traditional worship in the context of a generous, inclusive, Gospel-based ministry.
 
Communidad Latina de San Dunstan, Diocese of Oklahoma - $100,000
This grant funds a Latino Mission Developer Team for St. Dunstan's in Tulsa, OK where a new Spanish-speaking faith community has begun to grow. This community is now larger than many Anglo congregations, and, to keep the momentum going, the diocesan leadership is convinced that this is the moment to approach this as an official church plant. Their long-term vision is to use St. Dunstan's as a "ministry incubator." Amid this stable and supportive congregation, they plan to form a mission team made up of clergy, lay missioners, Christian educators and musicians. When phase one is complete, and the community at St. Dunstan's is firmly rooted, the mission team will work to facilitate the next church plant in Tulsa. Collaboration and mutuality will be foundational attributes of this ministry.
 
Misa Magdalena, Diocese of Washington - $100,000
The vision for this new Latino Hispanic ministry in the Aspen Hill community of Washington, DC emerged from the ministry developer’s relationships with local community leaders. They invited her to come start a new church in their community, similar to the successful Latino Hispanic congregation she recently started elsewhere. This is to be a sacramental, bilingual neighborhood church in a community with one of the highest concentrations of Latinos in the Washington DC area. Their evangelism and outreach is focused on neighbors who are un-churched or under-churched.

Sudanese Congregation at St. Paul’s, Diocese of Central NY - $50,000
This new ministry serving those resettled from Sudan is an important ministry in a growing and under-represented part of the Episcopal Church. The Diocese of Central New York and local congregations are keen to support the Rev. Rebecca Amour who is one of the first women priests ordained in the Episcopal Church of South Sudan. This congregation is already growing; weekly attendance is already averaging more than 50 and new families are joining regularly.

Senor de la Misercordia, a partnership between the Episcopal Churches and the Lutheran Churches in Iowa - $100,000
Señor de la Misericordia is a new Hispanic church community being planted within Trinity Episcopal Church in Denison, IA, in partnership with the Western Iowa Synod, ELCA. Denison's Hispanic population has grown to nearly 50% of the town's population, and continues to grow at a rate of 39% per year. The town's only elementary school is located across the street from Trinity Episcopal Church, with two-thirds of students speaking Spanish. The church is in a prime location for reaching these families, equipping them for Christ's mission and ministry. The Rev. Filemon Diaz, an ELCA pastor with a track record of developing new Hispanic congregations, has been called to lead this new faith community.

Two Cultures, One Body in Christ, Diocese of New Jersey - $60,000
The Diocese of New Jersey is launching a Latino Hispanic church planting initiative in Monmouth County. This initiative builds on a successful pilot program in which their missioner successfully planted two new Hispanic/Latino congregations in partnership with two existing non-Hispanic congregations (All Saints, Lakewood and St. Thomas, Red Bank) in the region. A third church plant at Christ Church, Toms River is currently in progress and demonstrating similar success. The process of building these new faith communities and moving Hispanic and non-Hispanic congregations into relationship, cultural understanding, and common worship with each other has been - and continues to be - mutually and continually transformational. This next phase of ministry seeks to build on the experience and momentum from the pilot program by adding resources and developing new practices to expand the program to include Trinity Church in Asbury Park.

Renewing ministry
Church on the Square, Diocese of Maryland - $85,000
The faith community known as “Church on the Square, Canton” has made great progress in these last two years, forming a faith community in full partnership with the ELCA Maryland Synod. Since funded in the last triennium, the leaders have been energetically tilling the relational soil of this culturally diverse neighborhood and this ministry is taking off. They have rehabilitated the sanctuary that Lutheran partners offered and they have established themselves as the “heart of the community.” They describe themselves as “an open, creative refuge, respectful of all beliefs … that seeks to build community in service of Southeast Baltimore.  Through addressing wellness and environmental issues; nurturing arts and culture; enriching our common life together through faith, spirituality and doubt, Church on the Square seeks to be an inclusive home for you with Christ at its core.”

“Hybrid” Ministry Starts
Latinos Pa'lante St. Mary's Latino Ministry, Diocese of Massachusetts - $60,000
This will be a Latino Hispanic faith community, sponsored by St Mary’s Episcopal Church (Dorchester MA) and the Diocese. The ministry plan describes growing the Latino presence at St. Mary's through starting an additional service in Spanish on Sundays; through consciously and intentionally connecting with the various ministries that currently work with and impact the lives of Latinos in Dorchester and through the expansion of their parish identity to include the wide-diversity of Latino identities.

The Divine Office, Diocese of Los Angeles - $40,000
The Divine Office (TDO) is an ecumenical sacred co-working community for young adults who work independently, especially spiritual seekers and those who self-identify as "spiritual not religious." TDO integrates spiritual practices of monastic communities with the secular phenomenon of creative co-work spaces, becoming a day monastery of sorts for freelancers, entrepreneurs and remote workers. TDO will be located on the campus of St. Augustine by-the-Sea Episcopal Church in Santa Monica, on the far west side of Los Angeles, a downtown neighborhood of office, retail and apartment buildings where virtually all coffee shop seats fill up by 8 am with freelancers working on their laptops. In this bustling landscape, TDO will offer the sanctuary of a supportive community, rooted in Christ, a place to settle into a rule of life with the rhythm of daily prayer, meditation and worship punctuating the beginning, middle and end of the workday. TDO will be a community where young adults can forge relationships, discover and nurture their faith and explore how their spiritual and vocational lives inform one another and feed into all aspects of their lives.

Mission Enterprise Zones

St. Luke’s Ministry Interns, Diocese of Olympia - $20,000
This will be a residential community of graduate level theology and psychology interns focused on contextualized ministry in a church and neighborhood with a significant population of hungry and unsheltered folks. This ministry will host experiential learning ventures in a diverse, urban and rapidly changing environment. Their ministries will be focused on the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle; the congregation reflects the significant diversity of the neighborhood in income, ethnic make-up and age. Their meals program “Edible Hope” offers ministry with their non-white neighbors, of all ages. Their resident interns serve as a bridge between the worlds of residents and the worlds of the homeless.

Between the Ridges, Diocese of Spokane - $20,000
Between the Ridges will coordinate a new monthly worship service at Noah's Ark Homeless Shelter in Wapato, WA on the Yakima Reservation in central Washington. This new worship service will be shepherded by Episcopal volunteers, as well as a diversity of ecumenical partners who support Noah's Ark, with the goal of developing leadership among the homeless. These leaders in formation will become the core of the worshipping community. Radical hospitality - a central value of Noah's Ark Homeless Shelter - will help to shape the liturgy which will evolve through reflection on their practice, over time. They seek to reimagine a worshipping community that moves beyond the privileged welcoming people to "our" community, to forming a new community on the margins, in which we all together receive the welcome of Jesus.

The Center for Mission and Ministry at St. Paul’s, Diocese of Kansas - $20,000
The Center for Mission and Ministry will be a dynamic association of ministries united under one roof, sharing a common vision, congruent values, and practical resources to holistically engage their neighbors in body, mind, and spirit. This Kansas City ministry unites three Episcopal institutions in one location: St. Paul's Episcopal Church, a 160-year-old Episcopal parish providing opportunities in English and Spanish for Christian formation, worship and service; Episcopal Community Services, leading hunger relief and anti-poverty efforts for the Episcopal Church in the Dioceses of Kansas and West Missouri; and St. Francis Community Services, dedicated to the needs of children, youth and families through advocacy, programs, and services. This strategic partnership will offer worship in English and Spanish, a co-operative food pantry, daily meal service integrating healthy eating and healthy lifestyle protocols, nutrition and cooking classes, a community garden, a Youth After-School Program incorporating life and job skills training, Yoga, ESL, Zumba, and 12-step programs.

Franklinton Cycleworks, Diocese of Southern Ohio - $20,000
Franklinton Cycleworks (FCW) was born in response to a material need within the community of Franklinton, OH as well as a shared longing for connectedness. The leaders are helping people overcome transportation barriers by helping them fix and maintain their bicycles; teaching bike maintenance skills in the process. Many of the shop patrons have become volunteers themselves and now assist and teach others. While many of their patrons and volunteers are residents of Franklinton (a downtown neighborhood of Columbus, OH), others come from elsewhere and from different backgrounds. It's therefore not uncommon to see a homeless man teach a middle-class college student how to fix a flat or a jobless addict be greeted by a business CEO with dignity and respect. FCW seeks to nourish this growing sense of community and fully live into their calling as a sacred front porch or Third Place for the neighborhood.

Proyecto para una panadería y pastelería, Diocese of Ecuador - $20,000
This new ministry will offer healing and hope to their community by founding a bakery at the back of their church. They will sell a variety of baked goods and other products but they will freely share the Gospel. As bread is a dietary staple in the Ecuadoran diet and as good bread is in great demand, this initiative will also offer work for the young people and women attending the church as well as those yet unemployed. Many of these families had to move from Emeraldas to this Guayaquil neighborhood, following the earthquake and the destruction of their homes in April 2016.

Discernment grants (offered to assist with the costs of developing a solid ministry plan that we might fund in the next triennium)
Two new Latino Hispanic Church Starts, Diocese of Dallas – $5,000
This is to discern the possibility of two Latino Hispanic church plants in the Diocese of Dallas.

Christ Church Bayfield, Diocese of Eau Claire - $3,000
This is an opportunity to partner with the Diocese of Eau Claire and with Native American Ministries. This discernment grant is to assist with the assessment, training, and coaching of leadership in the re-start of a church in Bayfield, WI adjacent to the Redcliffe Reservation.

Diocese of Newark - $5000 discernment grant
In support of the Diocese of Newark as they plan to develop a new faith community. We intend for this grant to offset the costs of training and consulting for the leaders of this new church start.

Diocese of Olympia - $3000 discernment grant

In support the Diocese of Olympia as it plans to develop a new faith community. We intend for this grant to offset the costs of training and consulting for the leaders of this new church start.

Diocese of Iowa - $5000 discernment grant

In support of the Diocese of Iowa as it develops a new faith community focused on racial reconciliation. We intend for this grant to offset the costs of training and consulting for the leaders of this new initiative.

Diocese of Arkansas - $5000 discernment grant

In support of the Diocese of Arkansas as they plant a new church focused on local food and farming. We intend for this grant to offset the costs of training and consulting for the leaders of this new initiative.

For more information contact Brackett.

At its October 2016 meeting, Executive Council approved the first round of grants totaling $1,797,000 for church planting and Mission Enterprise Zones, funding 34 new communities and initiatives.

 

At its February meeting, the Executive Council of the Episcopal Church awarded $821,000 in grants for church planting and Mission Enterprise Zones, to fund the start of 20 new ministries throughout the Church. The grants for church planting and
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The Genesis Group/Advisory Group on Church Planting has issued the following call for coaches:

General Convention 2015 Resolution D005 called for and funded a network of leaders who learn together how best to support new ministry developers in the Episcopal Church. As an initiative of Executive Council and working closely with the Presiding Bishop’s staff, the new group of lay and ordained Episcopalians is called Genesis: Cultivating New Ministries in the Episcopal Church. In November, their first churchwide meeting gathered 85 leaders who are starting new churches and innovative ministries.

To support this work, persons with experience in starting new ministries are needed to join a network of persons who can assess the gifts of potential Episcopal entrepreneurs and others who can coach ministry developers.

The Rev. Jane Gerdsen, chair of the Genesis Group, noted, “This is an exciting new moment in the life of the Episcopal Church and we are thrilled by the energy and willingness of the church to follow Jesus in new ways into our communities and neighborhoods. These new churches and communities will need this network of support if they are to grow and thrive.”

"There's no better time than this to be in the Episcopal branch of the Jesus Movement,” said the Rev. Canon Stephanie Spellers, Canon to the Presiding Bishop for Evangelism, Reconciliation, and Stewardship of Creation. “So many of us are ready to partner, risk, heal and celebrate the good news in our neighborhoods. So many of us are hungry to fall more deeply in love with Jesus and to create spaces where different people can grow in that love, too. This network will support the people doing that Spirit work.”

Learning from our ecumenical partners in the Lutheran, Methodist, Presbyterian, and other denominations, we have discovered the importance of providing an assessment of potential ministry developers. The assessment is based on extensive research which assists the planter in determining the gifts she or he already possesses and those that will be needed on the team for the ministry to succeed. Then we will need a cadre of International Coaching Federation trained coaches who have experience in this work to provide ongoing support to ministry developers as they begin their work.

Lay and ordained persons who have successfully started at least one new ministry in the Episcopal Church are encouraged to click here and fill out a brief application to let us know of your experience and interest in joining this network. The Episcopal Church will provide training and support to qualified persons interested in joining this network of support to nurture entrepreneurial work.

Members of the Genesis Group/Advisory Group and their dioceses are: the Rev. Jane Gerdsen, chairperson, Southern Ohio; the Rev. Valerie Bailey Fischer, Newark; Erendira Jimenez-Pike, Kentucky; the Rev. Michael Michie, Dallas; the Rev. Alex Montes Vela, Texas; the Rev. Katie Nakamura Rengers, Alabama; the Rev. Zachary Nyein, East Tennessee; the Rev. David Perkins, Lexington; the Rev. Canon Jesus Reyes, El Camino Real; Bishop George Sumner, Jr., Dallas; the Rev. Canon Janet Waggoner, Fort Worth. The Rev. Canon Frank Logue of Georgia and the Rev. Canon Tanya Wallace of Western Massachusetts are liaisons from Executive Council.  Presiding Bishop Michael Curry and President of the House of Deputies the Rev. Gay Clark Jennings are Ex Officio members.  The Rev. Canon Stephanie Spellers, Presiding Bishop’s Canon for Evangelism, Reconciliation and Creation, is staff advisor. The Rev. Tom Brackett is the staff liaison. 

The Genesis Group/Advisory Group on Church Planting has issued the following call for coaches: General Convention 2015 Resolution D005 called for and funded a network of leaders who learn together how best to support new ministry developers in the
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Volunteers are being recruited for a search committee to develop a position description and interview candidates for the Episcopal Church’s Staff Officer for Church Planting Infrastructure, a member of the Presiding Bishop’s staff.

A letter to the church from the Rev. Canon Stephanie Spellers, Canon for Evangelism, Reconciliation and Stewardship of Creation, and the Rev. Tom Brackett, Staff Officer for New Church Starts and Missional Initiatives, details the process for the nomination and selection of a diverse, broadly representative search committee, and the process and timeline for the call of this new position.

 

The following is the letter to the Episcopal Church:

 

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,

 

This is an exciting moment in the life of the Church and in the Jesus Movement. Our church’s leadership has called for a Staff Officer for Church Planting to serve on the staff of the Presiding Bishop. We will use the following process to constitute a search committee and then to identify a gifted leader for this ministry.

1. A notice will be sent to the entire Church, welcoming applications to a search committee. Applications due by January 20, 2017.

2. The Presiding Bishop will appoint a 6-8 member search committee which is diverse and broadly representative of those engaged in and knowledgeable about church planting and new ministry development in the Episcopal Church.

3. The search committee will review the tasks and partnerships associated with this important work and assist in writing a new job description based on the needs of the church today.

4. The job description will be posted and applications for the Staff Officer for Church Planting Infrastructure position will be received for approximately six weeks.

5. Using a confidential process, the search committee will review resumes, conduct interviews and recommend at least two candidates to the Presiding Bishop.


6. The Presiding Bishop will interview the candidates and call the Staff Officer.

This letter is an invitation for members of the Episcopal Church to apply to serve on the search committee.

The form to apply for the search committee may be found here.

Please join us in prayer as we enter the call process for this important post.

 

Your partners in ministry,

 

The Rev. Canon Stephanie Spellers

Canon for Evangelism, Reconciliation and Stewardship of Creation

 

The Rev. Tom Brackett

Staff Officer for New Church Starts and Missional Initiatives

 

Volunteers are being recruited for a search committee to develop a position description and interview candidates for the Episcopal Church’s Staff Officer for Church Planting Infrastructure, a member of the Presiding Bishop’s staff. A letter to the
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At the October meeting, the Episcopal Church Executive Council approved grants totaling $1,797,000 for church planting and Mission Enterprise Zones.

Resolution D005 and Resolution A012 approved by General Convention in July 2015 authorized new and continued funding for church plants and Mission Enterprise Zones throughout the Episcopal Church. Newly created grants have been and will be awarded to dioceses and already-established ministries exploring possibilities for new initiatives or expansion. The funding also calls for the creation of a community of practice for equipping the church with resources for assessment, coaching, networking, and the sharing of best practices.  

Executive Council member the Rev. Susan Brown Snook of the Diocese of Arizona and chair of Local Ministry and Mission Committee said that the work of church planting "is some of the most exciting work we see happening in our church today in the mission priority area of evangelism. Just a few years ago, we saw very few new church initiatives in the Episcopal Church. Now, we see an inspiring variety of new ideas, energy, and enthusiasm for reaching new people with the good news of Christ through new and creative initiatives to plant new congregations, in both traditional and non-traditional ways."

She reported that so far this triennium, 68 applications have been received. “Of these,” she said, “34 were approved and 34 were recommended for denial.”

The Rev. Jane Gerdsen, chair of the Genesis Group (General Convention Advisory Group on Church Planting), noted, "This is an exciting new moment in the life of the Episcopal Church and we are thrilled by the energy and willingness of the church to follow Jesus in new ways into our communities and neighborhoods. This new energy is represented not only in the number of submissions, but more importantly the diversity of places, people, and expressions of the Episcopal branch of the Jesus Movement. We want to encourage and celebrate all who are part of this movement."

Grants

The 34 initiatives approved include 12 new church plants, seven new Mission Enterprise Zones, five discernment grants, seven renewal grants for church plants originally funded in the 2013-15 triennium, and three renewal grants for Mission Enterprise Zones originally funded in the 2013-15 triennium.

The new church plants include nine Latino churches, two focused on young adults, one on the homeless population, and several focused on other ethnic ministry groups. All of the Mission Enterprise Zones grants focus on populations that are under-represented in the Episcopal Church.

Listed by category, grants were awarded to:                                                                   

New Church Plants
Christ’s Beloved Community, Winston- Salem, NC, Diocese of North Carolina; $100,000    
Good Samaritan, Brownsburg, Indiana, Diocese of Indianapolis; $100,000        
Millennial Church Start, Savannah, GA, Diocese of Georgia; $100,000    
Southwest Florida Church Plant, Diocese of Southwest Florida; $100,000    
Hope Sandwiches, St. John’s Bernardino, CA, Diocese of Los Angeles; $100,000
El Corazon, Diocese of Western Michigan; $100,000    
Chaplain on the Harbor, Diocese of Olympia; $100,000    
Episcopal Church of the Resurrection, Plano, TX, Diocese of Dallas; $75,000    
La Iglesia Episcopal en Lynn, Diocese of Massachusetts;  $100,000
Iglesia Episcopal St. James, Diocese of Oregon; $78,000            
Church Plant, Hermitage, PA, Diocese of Northwestern Pennsylvania; $100,000
Slate Project, Baltimore, Diocese of Maryland, $75,000
Total for Category $1,128,000

Mission Enterprise Zones
Supper @ St. Martin’s, Diocese of Pennsylvania; $20,000            
St. John’s, Cleveland, OH, Diocese of Ohio; $23,000
Breaking Bread, Diocese of Northern Michigan; $15,000    
Plainsong Farm, Diocese of Western Michigan; $20,000
4 Saints’ Food Pantry, Diocese of Fort Worth, $20,000
Table 299, St. Paul, MN, Episcopal Church in Minnesota; $20,000
The Bridge, St. Peter’s Dartmouth, MA, Diocese of Massachusetts; $5,000
Total for Category $123,000

Discernment Grants
South Bronx Team Ministry, Diocese of New York; $5,000
Emmaus Episcopal Church, Surprise, AZ, Diocese of Arizona; $5,000
Grace Church, Montpellier, France Convocation of EC in Europe; $5,000
Elizabeth Easton, Diocese of Nebraska; $2,500
Pamela Mott, Diocese of Western Massachusetts; $5,000
Total for Category $22,500

Renewals
Bread and Roses, Charlottesville, Virginia – Diocese of Virginia; $12,500    
Church on the Square, Baltimore, Diocese of Maryland;    $15,000        
The Abbey, Birmingham, Alabama, Diocese of Alabama; $75,000        
Our Lady of Guadalupe, Seattle, WA Diocese of Olympia; $100,000        
St. Gabriel’s, Leesburg, Virginia, Diocese of Virginia; $75,000            
San Pablo Apostol, Seaside, CA, Diocese of El Camino Real; $96,000            
San Pedro/San Pablo, Portland, OR, Diocese of Oregon; $45,000
St. James, Diocese of Pittsburgh; $50,000        
The Abundant Table Farm, Diocese of Los Angeles; $35,000                
Warriors of the Dream, Diocese of New York; $20,000            
Total for Category $523,500

 

Next deadline

The next deadline for submission is January 15, 2017.

Application, guidelines and information are available here 

More information about the church planting initiative is here 

For information contact churchplanting@episcopalchurch.org.

 

Members

Members of the Genesis Group (General Convention Advisory Group on Church Planting) and their dioceses are: the Rev. Jane Gerdsen, chairperson, Southern Ohio; the Rev. Valerie Bailey Fischer, Newark; Erendira Jimenez-Pike, Kentucky; the Rev. Michael Michie, Dallas; the Rev. Alex Montes Vela, Texas; the Rev. Katie Nakamura Rengers, Alabama; the Rev. Zachary Nyein, East Tennessee; the Rev. David Perkins, Lexington; the Rev. Canon Jesus Reyes, El Camino Real; Bishop George Sumner, Jr., Dallas; the Rev. Canon Janet Waggoner, Fort Worth. The Rev. Canon Frank Logue of Georgia is the liaison from Executive Council.  Presiding Bishop Michael Curry and President of the House of Deputies the Rev. Gay Clark Jennings are Ex Officio members.  The Rev. Canon Stephanie Spellers is staff advisor. The Rev. Tom Brackett is the staff liaison.

 

At the October meeting, the Episcopal Church Executive Council approved grants totaling $1,797,000 for church planting and Mission Enterprise Zones. Resolution D005 and Resolution A012 approved by General Convention in July 2015 authorized new and
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Leaders of new church plants or missional initiatives along with applicants for Church Planting and Missional Enterprise Zone grants are invited to the inaugural Genesis Gathering of the Episcopal Church on Wednesday and Thursday, November 16 and 17 at the Church of the Ascension, Dallas. The event is sponsored by the Episcopal Church’s Advisory Group on Church Planting.

“The Genesis Gathering is a community of passionate, faithful people starting new Episcopal churches and worshipping communities,” explained Advisory Group member Rev. Zachary Nyein. “We are a community of practice that gathers online and in-person to share in learning, nourishment, prayer, storytelling, and fellowship.”

The schedule and registration information are available here 

The two-day conference begins Wednesday with worship and dinner, followed by introductions and conversations. Thursday will focus on roundtable conversations and networking.

“This Genesis Gathering will have a particular focus on How to Get Started, what planters should do when they are at the very beginning of starting a new ministry,” noted the Rev. Jane Gerdsen, Advisory Group chairperson. “We will have talks and group sessions for people starting both traditional and nontraditional ministries.”

Registration costs for the event are offset by the Episcopal Church’s Advisory Group on Church Planting. However, participants are responsible for their own travel and lodging.

Register for the Genesis Gathering here 

A block of rooms is set aside for Genesis Gathering participants at the following hotels listed here

The next Genesis Gathering will be held in Spring 2017; info will be announced shortly.

For more information contact churchplanting@episcopalchurch.org.

Members of the General Convention Advisory Group and their dioceses are: the Rev. Jane Gerdsen, chairperson, Southern Ohio; the Rev. Valerie Bailey Fischer, Newark; Erendira Jimenez-Pike, Kentucky; the Rev. Michael Michie, Dallas; the Rev. Alex Montes Vela, Texas; the Rev. Katie Nakamura Rengers, Alabama; the Rev. Zachary Nyein, East Tennessee; the Rev. David Perkins, Lexington; the Rev. Canon Jesus Reyes, El Camino Real; Bishop George Sumner, Jr., Dallas; the Rev. Canon Janet Waggoner, Fort Worth. The Rev. Canon Frank Logue of Georgia and the Rev. Canon Tanya Wallace of Western Massachusetts are liaisons from Executive Council.  Presiding Bishop Michael Curry and President of the House of Deputies the Rev. Gay Clark Jennings are Ex Officio members.  The Rev. Canon Stephanie Spellers is staff advisor. The Rev. Tom Brackett is the staff liaison.

Evangelism Matters

The Genesis Gathering is timed to allow participants to participate in Evangelism Matters, which will be taking place November 18-19 at Church of the Transfiguration, Dallas. Information is here.   

 

 

Leaders of new church plants or missional initiatives along with applicants for Church Planting and Missional Enterprise Zone grants are invited to the inaugural Genesis Gathering of the Episcopal Church on Wednesday and Thursday, November 16 and

More than 50 applications have been received in the first round of submissions for the 2016 grant cycle for new church starts and Mission Enterprise Zones in The Episcopal Church, and the General Convention Advisory Group welcomes and invites more applications and inquiries.

“It is with great joy and anticipation that the Advisory Group has received so many applications for new and continuing church starts and missional initiatives,” commented the Rev. Jane Gerdsen of the Diocese of Southern Ohio and chairperson of the Group. “In addition, more than 25% have a special focus on mission and ministry with Latinos/Hispanics in the Spanish-speaking community.”

Application, guidelines and information are available here.  

Resolution D005 and Resolution A012 approved by General Convention in July 2015 authorized new and continued funding for church plants and Mission Enterprise Zones throughout the Episcopal Church. Newly created grants will be awarded to dioceses and already-established ministries exploring possibilities for new initiatives or expansion. The funding also calls for the creation of a community of practice for equipping the church with resources for assessment, coaching, networking, and the sharing of best practices.  

According to research presented by the Rev. Susan Snook of the Diocese of Arizona and an Executive Council member, the Episcopal Church started only three new churches in 2012.  “The volume of the submissions indicates significant growth in interest and support for church planting and mission as the Episcopal Church seeks to continue in the Jesus Movement,” she said.

More information about the church planting initiative is here   

For information contact churchplanting@episcopalchurch.org.

Members

Members of the General Convention Advisory Group and their dioceses are: the Rev. Jane Gerdsen, chairperson, Southern Ohio; the Rev. Valerie Bailey Fischer, Newark; Erendira Jimenez-Pike, Kentucky; the Rev. Michael Michie, Dallas; the Rev. Alex Montes Vela, Texas; the Rev. Katie Nakamura Rengers, Alabama; the Rev. Zachary Nyein, East Tennessee; the Rev. David Perkins, Lexington; the Rev. Canon Jesus Reyes, El Camino Real; Bishop George Sumner, Jr., Dallas; the Rev. Canon Janet Waggoner, Fort Worth. The Rev. Canon Frank Logue of Georgia and the Rev. Canon Tanya Wallace of Western Massachusetts are liaisons from Executive Council.  Presiding Bishop Michael Curry and President of the House of Deputies the Rev. Gay Clark Jennings are Ex Officio members.  The Rev. Canon Stephanie Spellers is staff advisor. The Rev. Tom Brackett is the staff liaison.

 

More than 50 applications have been received in the first round of submissions for the 2016 grant cycle for new church starts and Mission Enterprise Zones in The Episcopal Church, and the General Convention Advisory Group welcomes and invites more

Applications are now open for the 2016 grant cycle for new church starts and Mission Enterprise Zones in The Episcopal Church.

Resolution D005 and Resolution A012 approved by General Convention in July 2015 authorized new and continued funding for church plants and Mission Enterprise Zones throughout the Episcopal Church. Additionally, newly created grants will be awarded to dioceses and already-established ministries exploring possibilities for new initiatives or expansion.

Application, guidelines and information are available here.  

Applications will be reviewed and evaluated upon receipt. The applications will be reviewed by the General Convention Advisory Group on Church Planting.

The funding also calls for the creation of a community of practice for equipping the church with resources for assessment, coaching, networking, and the sharing of best practices.  

More information about the church planting initiative is here   

For information contact churchplanting@episcopalchurch.org.

Contest

In addition, the General Convention Advisory Group on Church Planting is conducting a design contest for a new logo to depict church planting for The Episcopal Church.

A $500 cash prize will be awarded to the most inspiring title and logo for a renewed church planting movement across the church.

Submission instructions and image specifics are located here.  Deadline is May 1.

For information contact churchplanting@episcopalchurch.org 

Members

Members of the General Convention Advisory Group and their dioceses are:

The Rev. Jane Gerdsen, chairperson, Southern Ohio; the Rev. Valerie Bailey Fischer, Newark; Erendira Jimenez-Pike, Kentucky; the Rev. Michael Michie, Dallas; the Rev. Alex Montes Vela, Texas; the Rev. Katie Nakamura Rengers, Alabama; the Rev. Zachary Nyein, East Tennessee; the Rev. David Perkins, Lexington; the Rev. Canon Jesus Reyes, El Camino Real; Bishop George Sumner, Jr., Dallas; the Rev. Canon Janet Waggoner, Fort Worth. The Rev. Canon Frank Logue of Georgia and the Rev. Canon Tanya Wallace of Western Massachusetts are Liaisons from Executive Council.  Presiding Bishop Michael Curry and President of the House of Deputies the Rev. Gay Clark Jennings are Ex Officio members.  The Rev. Canon Stephanie Spellers is staff advisor. The Rev. Tom Brackett is the staff liaison. 

Applications are now open for the 2016 grant cycle for new church starts and Mission Enterprise Zones in The Episcopal Church. Resolution D005 and Resolution A012 approved by General Convention in July 2015 authorized new and continued funding for

 

The General Convention Advisory Group on Church Planting has announced a series of initiatives designed to place church-planting efforts into motion for The Episcopal Church.

The Advisory Group was established through Resolution D005 of the 78th General Convention in July 2015 and called for the creation of “a church-wide network for planting congregations, training and recruiting planters; and establishing new congregations each triennium.” See full text here 

The Advisory Group is also working closely with Latino Ministries to support and develop new Spanish-speaking and bilingual congregations. Additionally the group has been charged with the distribution of further funding for Missional Enterprise Zones.  

“We are building a new community,” Advisory Group member the Rev. Zack Nyein, noted.  “We are developing a community of church planters and those interested in the work of church planting.”

Information on Church Planting initiative is here.  

Contest

To that end, the Advisory Group has announced a design contest for a new logo to depict church planting for The Episcopal Church.

“We invite artists and dreamers from throughout The Episcopal Church to participate in the visioning process,” Erendira Jimenez-Pike said.  “A $500 cash prize will be awarded to the most inspiring title and logo for a renewed church planting movement across the church.”

Submission instructions and image specifics are located here.  Deadline is May 1.

For information contact churchplanting@episcopalchurch.org 

Members

Members of the Advisory Group and their dioceses are:

The Rev. Jane Gerdsen, chairperson, Southern Ohio; the Rev. Valerie Bailey Fischer, Newark; Erendira Jimenez-Pike, Kentucky; the Rev. Michael Michie, Dallas; the Rev. Alex Montes Vela, Texas; the Rev. Katie Nakamura Rengers, Alabama; the Rev. Zachary Nyein, East Tennessee; the Rev. David Perkins, Lexington; the Rev. Canon Jesus Reyes, El Camino Real; Bishop George Sumner, Jr., Dallas; the Rev. Canon Janet Waggoner, Fort Worth. The Rev. Canon Frank Logue of Georgia and the Rev. Canon Tanya Wallace of Western Massachusetts are Liaisons from Executive Council.  Presiding Bishop Michael Curry and President of the House of Deputies the Rev. Gay Clark Jennings are Ex Officio members.  The Rev. Tom Brackett is the staff liaison.

 

In the photo:

Top (L to R):  The Rev. Tom Brackett, staff liaison; the Rev. Michael Michie, Dallas; the Rev. Canon Janet Waggoner, Fort Worth; the Rev. Canon Stephanie Spellers, staff consultant; the Rev. Zack Nyein, East Tennessee; Bishop George Sumner, Jr., Dallas; the Rev. Katie Nakamura Rengers, Alabama. Bottom (L to R): The Rev. Canon Frank Logue, Georgia, Executive Council Liaison;  the Rev. Valerie Bailey Fischer, Newark; the Rev. Jane Gerdsen, chairperson, Southern Ohio; Erendira Jimenez-Pike, Kentucky;  the Rev. Canon Jesus Reyes, El Camino Real; the Rev. Alex Montes Vela, Texas; the Rev. David Perkins, Lexington. Not pictured is the Rev. Canon Tanya Wallace of Western Massachusetts who serves as Executive Council Liaison.  Presiding Bishop Michael Curry and President of the House of Deputies the Rev. Gay Clark Jennings are Ex Officio members.

  The General Convention Advisory Group on Church Planting has announced a series of initiatives designed to place church-planting efforts into motion for The Episcopal Church. The Advisory Group was established through Resolution D005 of the 78th