Mission

How does your parish engage with its surrounding community?
At what point do we stop dreaming about what we can be and do?
Reflection on the second annual Missional Voices National Gathering.
You can always find the divine at work in this life if you open your heart and soul to the stories that lurk beneath the often over-produced surface.
In 2015, Vital Posts recorded the planting of a new Episcopal congregation in Brownsburg, Indiana, just outside Indianapolis. The small seed of a congregation that Fr. Gray planted has grown to nearly 130 people of Good Samar…
As a leader in the church, I must be ready to help empower those around me to pursue God’s mission as they see it. Folks don’t need to wait for an “official” ministry or some special request. If you see a way to help someone,…
It is also important that the growth of congregations be not only numerical but also spiritual.
I don’t like ‘stewardship season’ because it feels like a missed opportunity to have a big, amazing conversation about what we do have, and how we could re-organize and renew as church.
I won’t be leading any missionary journeys to Mars, but I think I am learning a thing or two about missional work from this series.
Alan Bentrup asks: "Are we taking this ancient ritual to the streets to meet people where they are, or because we think it is something that “good (or cool) churches” do?"
The early church was caring for the poor, clothing the naked, feeding the hungry. This small (but growing) community was changing its surrounding community.
A dear friend recently celebrated 10 years of ordained ministry. As part of his reflection on the role of the priest today, he asked me what qualities I thought priests needed to have today.
We’ll need these precious, quiet times in the year – these times when the world around seems to hush, even for just a bit – so we can come indoors, reflect, give thanks, and look forward – this dynamic communal motion which i…
What the Church does (or should do) is all missional. But I think too often we forget that.
I’ve begun to wonder if we, as a churchwide system, will be able to adapt well to new and emerging social media, largely because I’m not certain that we have within our present capacity that kind of expansive, inside-out imag…
Our small offering has born surprisingly big fruit in a short time. We have been given a chance to bear witness, to speak publicly of God’s love and the wideness of God’s mercy. Pretty good for a little church and ten parking…
How can we balance the beauty of our traditions, without becoming traditionalists. And how can we embrace innovation without throwing away our heritage?
The heads and heartstrings of many Episcopalians are being tugged toward action for racial reconciliation, social justice, addressing poverty, or determining how our congregations can be more obvious participants in the Jesus…