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Organizational Journey

The primary focus of this work is shifting the culture and structure of the diocese as an organization from a regulatory and customer service agency to partners and companions in mission. It includes the work described in the congregational and clergy journeys, short-term problem solving through Action Learning Teams, ongoing work with governance groups, and diocesan staff development.

As we engaged with more and more congregations and clergy in 2014 and early 2015, we discovered key challenges that we needed to face together if we are to live into God’s mission. To engage those challenges, lay and clergy from several congregations came together to explore those challenges in the form of Action Learning Teams.

Currently, there are two Action Learning Teams working on a question involving the church that is emerging in the 21st Century and the challenge of leadership for this church.

Dispatches from the Journey

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...
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....
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...
"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...