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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

The Way of Love
February 18, 2019
After years of Going Local, many congregations in the Diocese of Newark are now engaging in Living Local: listening, praying, reflecting on scripture...
Going Local leads to local farmers market
January 22, 2019
St. Andrew’s, Harrington Park has been a Going Local congregation since the beginning, nearly five years ago. A team of five parishioners began...
December 4, 2018
Right on the heels of the October Clergy Conference, 20 clergy representing three generations of clergy cohorts came together for two days at Cross...
A men's small group at St. Michael's, Wayne.
November 29, 2018
In October, St. Michael’s began a nine-week study of the Nine Fruits of the Spirit using the core practices of our diocesan Going Local 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...