Joining Jesus in a New Missional Age Fundraising Initiative
"What we are considering is nothing less than a fundamental spiritual transformation of individuals and communities." - The Right Reverend Ian T. Douglas, Bishop Diocesan
Our world is changing. From globalization’s impact on our economy and our shifting political landscape, to warp-speed technological advances and the rise of multi-culturalism, so much seems to be in flux in our lives. And the Church is not exempt from change. In the last ten years, the number of American adults who identify as Christian has decreased 12%, and it seems like the church as we have known it is declining. And yet, Americans still hunger for connection: connection to God, connection to each other, and connection to our neighborhoods.
We are changing. As Episcopalians, we continually seek to serve God and God’s mission in the world, especially in these uncertain times. As our society becomes increasingly secular, we are being given an opportunity to imagine new ways to come together to worship and to serve God. What might God be inviting us into in this new missional age?
God’s mission is calling us. God will always have the Church, the Body of Christ, that God needs to fulfill God’s mission. Joining Jesus in a New Missional Age is one way the Episcopal Church in Connecticut seeks to respond to God’s invitation to join God and what God is up to, in our parishes, Regions, and neighborhoods.
The Episcopal Church in Connecticut is on a journey to imagine how our Church must be transformed to participate more fully in God’s mission in these changing times. We have embraced changes to our common life and structures, including the establishment of Regions, the introduction of Region Missionaries, and the empowering of Ministry Networks. To join God more faithfully in our neighborhoods, we have actively engaged in five spiritual practices: listening, discerning, trying on, reflecting, and deciding. And through all these changes and developments, God in Jesus through the Holy Spirit is blessing us with new life and new possibility.
And we still ask faithfully: How do we follow Jesus in this new missional age?