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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

Amy Szurly
August 17, 2016
Amy Szurly is one of the members of St. Andrew's, Harrington Park involved in Joining God in Shaping our Future through the Going Local process,...
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...
Joining Jesus on the Journey
July 11, 2016
During the six days of July 25-30, a number of people will join Bishop Beckwith in walking across our entire diocese, from the Delaware River that...
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...
Ron Garner of St. George's, Maplewood
June 14, 2016
Acting on a promise made at Diocesan Convention, four teams of clergy and lay leaders have developed innovative experiments to help the diocese find...
Ruth Portela, St. Peter's, Livingston
June 1, 2016
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, The Spirit is moving. At our Diocesan Convention in January, I invited our congregations and diocesan leaders...
Ben Miller and Janelle Grant
May 17, 2016
On April 15 and 16, two of our young adults, Janelle Grant of St. Paul’s, Paterson and Ben Miller of St. Paul’s, Englewood attended the...
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...

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