Local Mission Approach

Now is our time to go into the world, to let the world know that there is a God who loves us.

This is the essence of the Jesus Movement in Vermont. As we strive to give life to this most urgent calling, our Diocesan Council and Ministry Support Team have as a high priority the work of assisting each congregation in articulating and implementing
a Local Mission Approach, relevant to its local context, challenges and opportunities.

Mission is God's process at work.

A strong theological current for the Local Mission Approach initiative in the Diocese of Vermont is an understanding of mission as God’s mission (missio dei), put into practice by the Church. Put another way, as many Christian leaders have observed, “The Church does not have a Mission. God’s Mission has a Church.”

Local Mission Toolkit

What Is a Local Mission Approach? A Local Mission Approach is a documented process of discerning and planning, acting and reflecting. One crucial factor in preparing a Local Mission Approach is that it should be a process that has the widest possible involvement across your congregation.

 

Appeals, Grants and Loans. Using funds designated in the Diocesan Budget for Local Mission Approaches, funding is provided for training in the various tools and models available to assist congregations, as well as for grants to help congregations implement a Local Mission Approach. Learn more.

 

Local Mission Questionnaire. Local clergy and lay leaders are invited to download and use this questionnaire to assist congregations with the discernment of local mission.

Conversation Starters. Here are a few suggestions on how you might engage with people about being more missional. Pick one or more that is a good match for your group’s size, how you like to have conversations, or what might stretch you a bit.

 

Missional: Joining God in the Neighborhood. This book by Alan J. Roxburgh calls readers to reenter their neighborhoods and communities to discover what the Spirit is doing there -- to start with God's mission and join in, shaping the local church around that mission.

 

Joining God, Remaking Church, and Changing the World. In this book, Alan J. Roxburgh urges Christians to follow the Spirit into our neighborhoods, re-engage with the mission of God, and re-imagine the whole enterprise of church.

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Missional News

  • Vermont Diocese Awards $10,200 in Second Quarter Grants
    Vermont Diocese Awards $10,200 in Second Quarter Grants The Grants and Loans Committee of the Episcopal Church in Vermont recently awarded grants totaling $10,200 to help fund building maintenance, local mission, and leadership development projects within the Diocese. This latest round of awards is in addition to $22,000 grants made during the first quarter of … Continue reading "Vermont Diocese Awards $10,200 in Second Quarter Grants"...
  • Vermont Diocese Awards $22,000 in Grants
    Vermont Diocese Awards $22,000 in Grants Episcopal Church in Vermont Funds Three Local Mission Initiatives The Grants and Loans Committee of the Episcopal Church in Vermont recently awarded grants totaling $22,000 to help fund three mission initiatives across the state of Vermont. We are pleased to announce the following recipients: St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Wells: … Continue reading "Vermont Diocese Awards $22,000 in Grants"...
  • Made Possible by Moments of Thankfulness: A Message from United Thank Offering
    Made Possible by Moments of Thankfulness: A Message from United Thank Offering By Wendy Grace | Diocesan United Thank Offering Coordinator As Christians, we are taught from the beginnings of our faith to be thankful. We give thanks to God for all the gifts in our lives. We say “grace” at mealtimes, giving thanks for the … Continue reading "Made Possible by Moments of Thankfulness: A Message from United Thank Offering"...

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Mission is God's process at work.

A strong theological current for the Local Mission Approach initiative in the Diocese of Vermont is an understanding of mission as God’s mission (missio dei), put into practice by the Church. Put another way, as many Christian leaders have observed, “The Church does not have a Mission. God’s Mission has a Church.”

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Missional News

  • Vermont Diocese Awards $10,200 in Second Quarter Grants
    Vermont Diocese Awards $10,200 in Second Quarter Grants The Grants and Loans Committee of the Episcopal Church in Vermont recently awarded grants totaling $10,200 to help fund building maintenance, local mission, and leadership development projects within the Diocese. This latest round of awards is in addition to $22,000 grants made during the first quarter of … Continue reading "Vermont Diocese Awards $10,200 in Second Quarter Grants"...
  • Vermont Diocese Awards $22,000 in Grants
    Vermont Diocese Awards $22,000 in Grants Episcopal Church in Vermont Funds Three Local Mission Initiatives The Grants and Loans Committee of the Episcopal Church in Vermont recently awarded grants totaling $22,000 to help fund three mission initiatives across the state of Vermont. We are pleased to announce the following recipients: St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Wells: … Continue reading "Vermont Diocese Awards $22,000 in Grants"...
  • Made Possible by Moments of Thankfulness: A Message from United Thank Offering
    Made Possible by Moments of Thankfulness: A Message from United Thank Offering By Wendy Grace | Diocesan United Thank Offering Coordinator As Christians, we are taught from the beginnings of our faith to be thankful. We give thanks to God for all the gifts in our lives. We say “grace” at mealtimes, giving thanks for the … Continue reading "Made Possible by Moments of Thankfulness: A Message from United Thank Offering"...
  • A Reflection on the World Meeting of Peoples’ Movements: An Interfaith Approach to Abundant Life
    A Reflection on the World Meeting of Peoples’ Movements: An Interfaith Approach to Abundant Life By Sylvia Knight Tierra, Trabajo, y Techo in Spanish. Terra, Labora, Domus in Latin. Land, Work, Housing in English, as well as Immigration and Racism. These were the themes of a conference of roughly 500 people assembled by the social … Continue reading "A Reflection on the World Meeting of Peoples’ Movements: An Interfaith Approach to Abundant Life"...

Local Mission Approach

Now is our time to go into the world, to let the world know that there is a God who loves us.

This is the essence of the Jesus Movement in Vermont. As we strive to give life to this most urgent calling, our Diocesan Council and Ministry Support Team have as a high priority the work of assisting each congregation in articulating and implementing
a Local Mission Approach, relevant to its local context, challenges and opportunities.

Local Mission Toolkit

What Is a Local Mission Approach? A Local Mission Approach is a documented process of discerning and planning, acting and reflecting. One crucial factor in preparing a Local Mission Approach is that it should be a process that has the widest possible involvement across your congregation.

 

Appeals, Grants and Loans. Using funds designated in the Diocesan Budget for Local Mission Approaches, funding is provided for training in the various tools and models available to assist congregations, as well as for grants to help congregations implement a Local Mission Approach. Learn more.

 

Local Mission Questionnaire. Local clergy and lay leaders are invited to download and use this questionnaire to assist congregations with the discernment of local mission.

 

Conversation Starters. Here are a few suggestions on how you might engage with people about being more missional. Pick one or more that is a good match for your group’s size, how you like to have conversations, or what might stretch you a bit.

 

Missional: Joining God in the Neighborhood. This book by Alan J. Roxburgh calls readers to reenter their neighborhoods and communities to discover what the Spirit is doing there -- to start with God's mission and join in, shaping the local church around that mission.

 

Joining God, Remaking Church, and Changing the World. In this book, Alan J. Roxburgh urges Christians to follow the Spirit into our neighborhoods, re-engage with the mission of God, and re-imagine the whole enterprise of church.

 

Mission is God's

process at work.

A strong theological current for the Local Mission Approach initiative in the Diocese of Vermont is an understanding of mission as God’s mission (missio dei), put into practice by the Church. Put another way, as many Christian leaders have observed, “The Church does not have a Mission. God’s Mission has a Church.”

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Missional News

  • Vermont Diocese Awards $10,200 in Second Quarter Grants
    Vermont Diocese Awards $10,200 in Second Quarter Grants The Grants and Loans Committee of the Episcopal Church in Vermont recently awarded grants totaling $10,200 to help fund building maintenance, local mission, and leadership development projects within the Diocese. This latest round of awards is in addition to $22,000 grants made during the first quarter of … Continue reading "Vermont Diocese Awards $10,200 in Second Quarter Grants"...
  • Vermont Diocese Awards $22,000 in Grants
    Vermont Diocese Awards $22,000 in Grants Episcopal Church in Vermont Funds Three Local Mission Initiatives The Grants and Loans Committee of the Episcopal Church in Vermont recently awarded grants totaling $22,000 to help fund three mission initiatives across the state of Vermont. We are pleased to announce the following recipients: St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Wells: … Continue reading "Vermont Diocese Awards $22,000 in Grants"...
  • Made Possible by Moments of Thankfulness: A Message from United Thank Offering
    Made Possible by Moments of Thankfulness: A Message from United Thank Offering By Wendy Grace | Diocesan United Thank Offering Coordinator As Christians, we are taught from the beginnings of our faith to be thankful. We give thanks to God for all the gifts in our lives. We say “grace” at mealtimes, giving thanks for the … Continue reading "Made Possible by Moments of Thankfulness: A Message from United Thank Offering"...

Local Mission Approach

Now is our time to go into the world, to let the world know that there is a God who loves us.

This is the essence of the Jesus Movement in Vermont. As we strive to give life to this most urgent calling, our Diocesan Council and Ministry Support Team have as a high priority the work of assisting each congregation in articulating and implementing a Local Mission Approach, relevant to its local context, challenges and opportunities.

Local Mission Toolkit

What Is a Local Mission Approach? A Local Mission Approach is a documented process of discerning and planning, acting and reflecting. One crucial factor in preparing a Local Mission Approach is that it should be a process that has the widest possible involvement across your congregation.

 

Appeals, Grants and Loans. Using funds designated in the Diocesan Budget for Local Mission Approaches, funding is provided for training in the various tools and models available to assist congregations, as well as for grants to help congregations implement a Local Mission Approach. Learn more.

 

Local Mission Questionnaire. Local clergy and lay leaders are invited to download and use this questionnaire to assist congregations with the discernment of local mission.

 

Conversation Starters. Here are a few suggestions on how you might engage with people about being more missional. Pick one or more that is a good match for your group’s size, how you like to have conversations, or what might stretch you a bit.

 

Missional: Joining God in the Neighborhood. This book by Alan J. Roxburgh calls readers to reenter their neighborhoods and communities to discover what the Spirit is doing there -- to start with God's mission and join in, shaping the local church around that mission.

 

Joining God, Remaking Church, and Changing the World. In this book, Alan J. Roxburgh urges Christians to follow the Spirit into our neighborhoods, re-engage with the mission of God, and re-imagine the whole enterprise of church.