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).
A tithe of $2 million from our diocesan Together Now fundraising campaign and an annual allocation of 0.7% of our diocesan budget are strengthening our capacity for mission at all levels through grants to local congregations and their mission partners. Mission Tithe Council Grants were awarded between 2012 and 2015, and Mission Tithe Matching Grants were awarded between 2013 and 2018.
The Global Mission Grants program is currently being restructured. Information and application materials for 2019 grants will be available by January 2019. Please contact Lauren Zook, Grants Administrator, at email@example.com or 617-482-4826, ext. 306, with questions on global mission grants.
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