Our diocese has answered the call to join God's mission in the world in ways and places as varied as our history is long, and we continue in the unfinished legacy of loving and sacrificial service as God's hands and feet, God's heart and voice in this increasingly interconnected but still broken world. Congregations throughout our diocese are crossing boundaries of all kinds as we seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving our neighbors as ourselves. We do this through the mission outreach projects and initiatives of individual congregations and chaplaincies in places near and far. We also do it through partnerships of congregations and organizations, often supported by diocesan resources.
Resources for congregations
The Office of Global Mission is one of several diocesan resources developed to support congregations throughout their respective global mission journeys. Staff are available to assist with:
• Workshops and informational meetings with vestries and outreach committees
• Sermons and volunteers willing to witness to their global mission experience
• Congregational discernment for mission
• Recommendations of global partners
• Churches looking to collaborate
• Solutions for small churches
• Grant preparation
• Trip preparation
• Reflections during and after trips
Global mission is coordinated by the Jubilee Global Mission Committee, which consists of six members appointed by Diocesan Council every three years, along with six members elected from the grants and communications subcommittees and each of four geographic networks formed by congregations throughout the diocese (Africa, Haiti, Latin America and the Middle East).
The year 2019 brings important changes to our global mission grants program. The former Mission Tithe Matching Grants, funded by the Together Now campaign, have ended after a longer-than-predicted six-year run. Two new grants have been established:
Mission Tithe Relationship Grants: The objective for these grants is to support congregations entering new mission relationships, either on their own or in partnership with other congregations in our diocese who already have established relationships. The deadline for application for these grants is April 29, 2019. Please note that unlike the former Mission Tithe Matching Grants, these are competitive.
Sustainable Development Grants: The objective for these grants is to support relational mission partners in carrying out projects that address the United Nations Development Goals, in order to support a more sustainable future for our partners. The application deadline is March 15, 2019, and these grants are also competitive.
Find grant applications and relevant information at www.diomass.org/resources/grants-loans.
Global mission contacts:
The Rev. Holly Hartman at firstname.lastname@example.org or 617-482-4826, ext. 351
The Rev. Marilyn McMillan at email@example.com or 617-482-4826, ext. 422