|Food for Thought: Taken from “Doing the Math of Mission: Fruits, Faithfulness and Metrics”, by Gil Rendle:
“The adaptive question . . . is how the denomination can redirect resources to create more vital congregations. Vital congregations are then defined by measurable metrics. In order to understand progress along this path of denomination renewal, the . . . work must be held in proper perspective with the greater denominational mission of making disciples and transforming the world.”
Now Go Forth: Join the conversation!! Seek to learn and understand more about how our diocese at our upcoming Convention looks to redirect resources to help create more vital congregations. Check out some “out-of-the-box” thinking::
When you see your clergy or lay Convention delegates this Sunday or in the weeks ahead, if they haven’t told you about Convention – ASK!!!
Marks of the Month:
In honor of Convention, in the context of our Special Intiiatives and looking ahead to Mission-Based Budgeting, we honor all 5 Marks of Mission this month! Look here for our “Marks of Mission” special icon descriptions and to see how our Special Initiatives resources fund our goals and objectives for each Mark Do you know which one is which without looking???
GreenFaith Update: Last year we adopted a resolution calling on the congregations of the diocese to work with GreenFaith, the interfaith environmental organization, to reduce their energy use and costs and their carbon footprint. GreenFaith is eager to work with congregations on this, and is offering an Energy Services Program for congregations of the diocese. We are seeking to identify 10 congregations to take part in this program in spring 2015. The simple, 1-page on-line application form is due by March 16th. This user- friendly program offers congregations valuable opportunities for energy savings. The average facility can reduce their energy use between 15-25% percent through these services. For every $20,000 in energy costs, that’s savings of $3,000-$5,000 – every year!
GreenFaith is offering a free 30-minute webinar on Monday March 2nd – at 8:00 pm and on Thursday March 5th at 12:00 noon - to provide further information. If you would like to take part in the webinar, e-mail GreenFaith’s Energy Services Program Director, Anne Rahikainen, email@example.com or call her for further information at 732-565-7740 ext. 304.
And the Award Goes To . . . : St. Peter’s-at-the-Light, Barnegat Light; St. Augustine’s, Camden; St. Peter’s-by-the-Sea, Cape May Point; St. Peter’s, Clarksboro; St. David’s, Cranbury; St. Francis’, Dunellen; St. John’s, Elizabeth; Church of the Ascension, Gloucester; Christ Church, Magnolia; Grace Church, Merchantville; St. Andrew’s, Mount Holly; St. Stephen’s, Mullica Hill; All Saints’, Navesink; St. George’s, Pennsville; St. Mary’s, Pleasantville; Christ Church, South Amboy; Cristo Rey, Trenton; St. Barnabas by the Bay, Villas; and St. Mark’s at the Crossing, Williamstown.
All of these have joined Iglesia San Jose, Elizabeth; Trinity Church, Vincentown; and Trinity Church, Woodbridge among the first completed Parochial Report online filings for the 2014 year! Remember, due date for online filing of Parochial Reports is March 1st, with signature pages to be filed with the Finance Office by May 1st!