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Joining God in Shaping Our Future

We believe that God is inviting us into a new way of living together in the world – one that is loving, liberating and life-giving for us and for the neighborhoods where God has placed us. God is calling us out of our churches and into the world – to see what God is up to. To listen to what God is up to. And to join God there.

Joining God in Shaping Our Future is an initiative that includes three main journeys: the Congregational Journey, the Clergy Journey, and the Organizational Journey. These journeys travel on parallel paths, and each one is necessary for us to continue to be shaped for God’s mission. Each one is grounded in Scripture.

Dwelling in the Word

One of the key components of each of our journeys is learning together how to discern what God is saying to us by collectively living in Scripture. Find out more.

Congregational Journey

How do we go on a journey together to discern what God is up to in our neighborhoods and join God there? This is the core question of our journey together as a diocese and the primary focus for the congregational journey. Find out more.

Clergy Journey

What leadership challenges do I face for which I do not have an answer but must address if I am to lead this congregation through missional transformation? Clergy discover and experiment into their own challenges while supporting one another on the journey. Find out more.

Organizational Journey

How do we shift the culture and structure of the diocese as an organization from a regulatory and customer service agency to partners and companions in mission? Find out more.

Dispatches from the Journey

Bishop Carlye addresses the October Going Local workshop. JULIE CRAWFORD PHOTO
November 2, 2018
The Congregational Team of Going Local held a workshop on October 20 at Church of the Messiah in Chester. People from various congregations attended...
Joining God in Shaping Our Future
August 13, 2018
Two Action Learning Teams (ALTs), working from September 2018 to January 2019, were gathered to engage the following challenges: Primary Questions...
Joining God in Shaping Our Future
July 17, 2018
Two Action Learning Teams (ALTs), working from September 2018 to January 2019, were gathered to engage the following challenges: Primary Questions...
June 14, 2018
Over the last six years, diocesan staff has been animating a series of learning experiments across the diocese involving its clergy and congregations...
Clergy Intensive Retreat participants at Cross Roads.
June 14, 2018
Developing relationships. Building trust. Improving leadership skills. The bonding that happens when you spend 2½ days together. This is how...
Evangelism Matters 2018 conference
May 1, 2018
Three clergy from the Diocese of Newark attended the Evangelism Matters Conference on March 14-17 at St. Paul’s Church in Cleveland Heights, OH...
Episcopal clergy (and one UCC minister) attended Appreciative Interim Ministry Training with the Rev. Dr. Rob Voyle. NINA NICHOLSON PHOTO
May 1, 2018
The week of April 23-27, 2018 Episcopal House hosted an Appreciative Interim Ministry Training facilitated by the Rev. Dr. Rob Voyle, director of The...
Gathering shares stories from the Journey of challenges and hope - JANE JUBILEE PHOTO
March 6, 2018
Perseverance, courage, and hope in the face of challenges was the theme of the “Stories from the Journey Continued” gathering held on...
Bishop Mark Beckwith
January 27, 2018
This year, Bishop Beckwith gave his annual Convention address in three parts, on Friday afternoon, Saturday morning and Saturday afternoon. The video...
Storytelling Project: "ooey gooey / nitty gritty"
January 27, 2018
This story by Janet Hager of Church of the Holy Innocents in West Orange is part of a Storytelling Project of the Episcopal Diocese of Newark. It...