The Episcopal Diocese of Connecticut

NC Region Missionary

North Central Region: Erin Flinn
 
Statement: It is a joy to be part of the ECCT Region Missionary team, and to collaborate with members of the North Central Region as we imagine new ways of living into God’s mission in Connecticut through connection and collaboration between parishes and worshiping communities, the neighborhoods that surround them, and beyond.
 
Bio: I graduated from Yale Divinity School with a Master of Divinity in 2017. While at Yale, I spent three years immersed in Anglican studies and college chaplaincy, working as an intern and then Program Director for the Episcopal Church at Yale. Prior to seminary, I worked in university administration at Northwestern University in Illinois. My background is in theatre production and I was an assistant lighting designer at the Lyric Opera of Chicago for four years. I am originally from New Hampshire, and I am delighted to call New England home once again. I live in Middletown with my husband and our two giant Newfoundland dogs, Zoë and Hannah. I am especially passionate about ministry that looks outward and is open to all people, young adult ministry, and fishing!
 
Contact: 860-966-3742, eflinn@episcopalct.org 
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What is the Role of the Region Missionary?

The Episcopal Church in Connecticut (ECCT) has hired six people to serve as the inaugural ECCT Region Missionaries, one each for the six geographic Regions. Although each Region is unique, each Region Missionary’s core task is the same:

“To challenge the Episcopal parishes and worshiping communities to expand their reach into local neighborhoods by collaboration with potential community partners — from other faithbased institutions to social service organizations to government agencies.”

By virtue of our baptism we all are called to participate in God’s mission — restoring all people and the world to God in Christ (Book of Common Prayer, pg. 854) and engaging the Spirit’s regenerative power to reconcile differences and “…making all things new” (Rev. 21:5). The Region Missionary will serve parishes and worshiping communities by assisting Episcopalians in Connecticut to live our baptismal call to God’s mission in four ways, namely to:

  1. Catalyze — with imagination, innovation, and ideas — to unite parishes, worshiping communities, and Ministry Networks in service to God’s mission within the Region and across ECCT.
  2. Convene — as a host, to gather people, share ideas, and build momentum within the Region and its various communities and throughout ECCT.
  3. Connect — Ministry Networks, parishes, and worshipping communities to build an awareness of and appreciation for collaboration in all aspects of life and ministry across the Region.
  4. Expand Capabilities — with a particular focus on lay leadership — through the sacred practices of prayer, discernment, trying on missional experiments, and growing as disciples (formed) and apostles (sent) to fully engage God’s mission.

The role and ministry of the Region Missionary is to challenge parishes and worshiping communities to expand their reach into local neighborhoods by collaborating with potential community partners — from other faithbased institutions to social service organizations to government agencies. It is expected that the Region Missionaries will work together as a close-knit team, upholding each other in prayer, shared retreats, and other spiritual/ wisdom practices.

The Region Missionary reports to the Bishop Diocesan and is directly managed by the Canon for Mission Collaboration. Quarterly goals shall be established and an annual job performance review conducted. In addition, the Region Missionary, with colleagues from the Region, will participate in an annual Mutual Ministry Review with the Bishop Diocesan, facilitated by the Canon for Mission Collaboration.

Handout (PDF) about the Region Missionaries