Evangelism Matters 2018 - Video Reflections

16 May 2018

Dear Brothers and Sister in the Episcopal Church in Northern Indiana!

Grace and peace be with you in the Risen and Ascended Lord!

In March of this year we had the privilege of sending three representatives to the Evangelism Matters conference in Cleveland, OH.  Fr Dan Layden and Jordan Trendelmen of St. Alban's, Fort Wayne along with Jonathan Grant of St. Paul's, Mishawaka traveled there on our behalf.  Included in this post are two videos, along with transcripts, offering their reflections on the conference.  Enjoy them!  Hopefully they will lead you to contemplate where/how evangelism fits authentically in your life.

Transcript - 16 May 2018 Evangelism Matters 2018 - Jonathan Grant 

Transcript - 16 May 2018 Evangelism Matters 2018 - Fr. Dan Layden & Jordan Trendelmen

Blessings,
- Doug

Grateful to receive a Roanridge Trust Grant!

In January, Missioners Terri, Adrien, and Michelle submitted an application to the Roanridge Trust for a grant to dive more deeply into our Becoming #Beloved Community initiative.  Roanridge is specifically designed to provide training programs for church leadership in small-town and rural areas, on various topics (as designed by the grant requestor), while giving special attention to the Five Marks of Mission:

  1. To proclaim the Good News of the Kingdom
  2. To teach, baptize, and nurture new believers
  3. To respond to human need by loving service
  4. To seek to transform unjust structures of society
  5. To strive to safeguard the integrity of creation and sustain and renew the life of the earth.

Our EDNIN grant application grew out of our Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD) initiative, which allowed us to hire Missioner Adrien Niyongabo (thanks to a 2017 United Thank Offering grant!).  Missioner Adrien spent his first eight months with the Episcopal Church in Northern Indiana sharing the concepts of ABCD and listening deeply to the various faith communities he visited.  These fruitful conversations have revealed a deeper need for healing, for reconciliation, in our communities as a whole.

The Roanridge Trust grant, administered through the Domestic and Foreign Mission Society, will allow us to develop training for our clergy and lay leaders so that they can create a process for Becoming #Beloved Community that is specific to their own contexts. Maybe this means more reading groups, or deeper conversations around sharing our stories of reconciliation and healing.  Maybe we will utilize the concepts of Becoming #Beloved Community and customize them for our context in ways we haven't dreamed of yet!  We are THRILLED and HONORED to have received this vote of confidence and to have this opportunity.  

Stay tuned for more details this summer!  Thank you Roanridge.

What is Project Resource 2.0: An Update from Camp Allen in Texas

Dear Sisters and Brothers in the Episcopal Church in Northern Indiana!

Grace and peace be with you in Jesus, the Risen Christ!

Last week, I had the privilege of gathering with bishops, priests, deacons and lay persons from 20 dioceses throughout the Episcopal Church to rekindle our passion for the important work of stewardship and its essential role in the life of our faith communities.  This initiative is entitled Project Resource 2.0 and is sponsored by the College for Bishops, the Episcopal Church Foundation and the Development Office of the Episcopal Church.  For several years in Northern Indiana, we have had a group of people called Faithful Stewards, who have tried to encourage the work of Stewardship among us!  I want to thank Linda Buskirk (Trinity - Fort Wayne), Meg Moss (Christ the King - Huntington), Pamela Harris (St. Andrew's - Valparaiso), Chuck Lewis and Steve Wilson (St. Andrew - Kokomo) , Fr. Paul Nesta (St. Paul - LaPorte) and Bishop Frank Gray for committing themselves to participating in this conference AND bringing it back to share throughout our diocese. 

The initiative focuses on three areas of stewardship:  1) the Annual Pledge Drive; 2) Planned or Legacy Giving and 3) Capital Campaigns.

You will be hearing more about our learning and our hopes in assisting every faith community in Northern Indiana to embrace more and more intentionally to important work of stewardship in all its aspects!   In the meantime, please enjoy the video below, recorded at the end of our time together.

Easter blessings,
Doug