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Joining God in Shaping Our Future

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

John King and Kaileen Alston
May 3, 2016
I spent well over two decades, from the time I was confirmed until the day I took the job with the diocese, avoiding Bible study like the plague....
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...
Bishop Beckwith's address at the 142nd Annual Convention
January 30, 2016
For as long as anyone can remember, the annual Convention of the Diocese of Newark has always taken place at the end of January. Which means that it...
"Who is my neighbor?" 142nd Annual Convention
January 28, 2016
Nearly 500 clergy and lay leaders from congregations throughout the diocese will address the question Who is my neighbor? at the 142nd Annual...
The Rev. Ginny Dinsmore
May 11, 2015
This article was originally published by the Episcopal Church Foundation as part of the Vestry Papers issue on Facing Leadership Challenges (May 2015...
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...
The Rev. Alan Roxburgh
February 4, 2015
In his sermon at Convention’s opening Eucharist, the Rev. Alan Roxburgh of The Missional Network said that “God’s abundant spirit...

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