Good Shepherd Invests Grant Funds in AI, Connecting Skills and Gifts with Community
BARRE, VERMONT— It is often said that when you can’t work any harder, you may be able to work smarter. Within churches that means knowing the skills and gifts that members are able offer, and doing more of what works well. Church of the Good Shepherd has committed to discerning its members’ skills and gifts using a proven method known as Appreciative Inquiry (AI). A $1,700 grant from the Episcopal Church in Vermont will help to fund the AI process with an expert facilitator.
The Rev. Earl Kooperkamp said, “Investing in Appreciative Inquiry is important because, as with any investment, it can lead to a greater return in terms of the church’s value in the community and our impact on peoples’ lives. We expect the AI process to strengthen our local mission efforts and to help ensure that Church of the Good Shepherd continues to meet local needs.”
Church of the Good Shepherd has addressed both the spiritual and physical needs of the Barre community since 1895. Today, in addition to worship, the church hosts Community Breakfasts and a monthly meal at good Samaritan Haven. Church of the Good Shepherd is also involved in Vermont Interfaith Action, where the Rev. Kooperkamp serves as president.
The grant to Church of the Good Shepherd was one of several recently announced by the Episcopal Church in Vermont’s Grants and Loans Committee. It is part of a cumulative total of more than $36,600 in grants made since the beginning of this year to fund education initiatives, environmental stewardship programs, and local mission efforts in Episcopal congregations across the state of Vermont.