Bishop Ely and Canon for Ministry Development Susan Ohlidal traveled to San Antonio, Texas earlier this month to attend two-back-to-back events.
The International Symposium on Ministry Developmen focused on critical reflections about shared ministry. Shared ministry (sometimes referred to as total ministry) is a way of “being church” that enables the ministry of all baptized people – a partnership between laity and clergy. Shared ministry for mission calls all baptized Christians to be ministers of God’s reconciling love in the world. Co-sponsored by Living Stones Partnership and the Ministry Developers Collaborative, the 5-day event served to re-establish a network of communication and support for those engaged in the work of teaching and nurturing the baptized, and equipping them for ministry in their local settings. Participants worked together through discussions, workshops, and acitivites as small groups and as one gathered group. Videos and reflections from the symposium can be viewed on the web page – more of these reflections will continue to be posted in the coming weeks.
The Annual Meeting of Living Stones, a partnership of Anglican and Episcopal communities of faith engaged in mission and committed to the ministry of the baptized. In addition to taking part in discussion, reflection worship, Susan and Bishop Ely delivered a presentation about our ministry here in the Episcopal Church in Vermont.
If you are interested in our have questions about shared ministry, contact our Canon for Ministry Development Susan Ohlidal.
“What Church does God’s mission now require?” Bishop Ely’s small group’s answers during The International Symposium on Ministry Development
Eucharist during Living Stones Annual Meeting
Manuel, Susan & Kay sharing their hopes for Living Stones Partners engaged in ministry development during the Living Stones Annual Meeting