The Episcopal Diocese of Connecticut

SC Region Missionary

South Central Region: George Black
 Booklet (PDF) with all Region Missionaries

I am honored to serve as the ECCT’s Region Missionary for the South Central Region, and, together with my brothers and sisters in Christ, I am ready to discern the movement of God in this region and partner with God in making that movement a reality.
I was born and raised in the city of New Haven, CT, and am a graduate of Southern CT State University with a BA in English. I have been acting as a youth worker and advocate for the past 15 years of my life, specifically focused on the advancement and development of Black and Brown young people. Most recently, I served as the Chief Dream Director for the city of New Haven with The Future Project.
My vision and hope is to see young people, and all people, live into their fundamental identity as worthy of love and belonging from God and others, and their fundamental responsibility for the healing of the world. My passions include theology, spoken work poetry, the Black community in America, youth development, and boardgames.
I joined the Episcopal Church back in 2017, and since then, it has become a home for me, and a space where I can seek God with my mind as well as my heart and my hands. I look forward to furthering God’s Mission as the South Central Region Missionary. (Email me at: gblack@episcopalct.org)
 
What is a 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 Region Missionaries.