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Going Local

The Core Practices

What is Going Local?

Going Local is a process that provides concrete tools to help people learn about and practice what it means to be God's people in community and that community extends beyond those with whom we worship. It is based on an understanding that our experience of God and presence of God goes beyond the walls of our churches. It reminds us through these concrete tools that we not taking God out into the world but instead encountering God there. In that it is a process and not a project or program, the work is ongoing and done in our congregations over a significant period of time. Other congregations in the Diocese will be involved and together form a learning community.

Important pieces to remember:

  • It takes time to learn new habits, practices and attitudes – that is why the process is 15-18 months.
  • People form deeper relationships in the church and wider community through the process.
  • The congregational process is not clergy driven or clergy led – your lay team guides the congregation through the process.
  • The process is grounded in scripture and spiritual practices.
  • It is an action-reflection model of learning and experiential in nature.

What is the invitation?

We are inviting you to go on this journey with other congregations to both explore deeper what you are already doing and discover what God is doing in your church community and in the neighborhoods in which you live, work, play and worship.

Dispatches from the Journey

Listening Excursion attendees Dwelling in the Word. NINA NICHOLSON PHOTO
March 14, 2017
On Saturday, March 4, 125 individuals representing 43 congregations attended the kick-off gathering for the three-month “Listening Excursion...
R-l: Action Learning Team Coaches Peter Jackson, Paul Bolles-Beaven and Valyrie Laedlein talk with Suzanne Willian and Alan Roxburgh. NINA NICHOLSON PHOTO
August 16, 2016
The Diocese of Newark is blessed with a talented group of coaches who are also great leaders. They are guiding diocesan teams towards joining God in...
Joining God in Shaping Our Future
July 19, 2016
In this podcast, Ginny Dinsmore, Suzanne Willian and Kay Lark – all intimately involved in the Joining God in Shaping Our Future process...
Eugene Foley, St. Stephen’s, Millburn
June 14, 2016
Being better neighbors was a consistent theme of the stories from the six congregations who came together at Episcopal House on Saturday, June 11...
The Rev. Diane Rhodes
April 19, 2016
Transforming congregations requires changing the roles of leaders. Leaders need to be like gardeners, cultivating the ground to develop rich soil in...
The Core Practices
March 17, 2016
Listening isn’t easy – but if one persists, it does bear fruit. That was the consistent theme of the reports from the six congregations...
Members of congregations involved in the "Going Local" process
February 16, 2016
The Diocese of Newark has been awarded a 2016 Roanridge Trust Award grant to help support Going Local. The Trust received 26 different applications...
Going Local: Cycle Two
March 23, 2015
Listening, wondering and exploring were concepts brought to the surface as the ground was prepared for the start of Going Local: Cycle Two. Going...
The Core Practices
February 18, 2015
One way to discover what God is up to in our communities is to join with others in Going Local. Going Local is a process through which we learn new...