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Good Shepherd Makes Strides in ‘Local Mission’

Rev. Earl Kooperkamp recently announced that Church of the Good Shepherd, Barre, is in the process of developing its Local Mission Approach. As part of this process, congregants were asked to complete a Mission Questionnaire, a process that is ongoing as of this writing. Additionally, congregants can track the progress of current Local Mission activities on a white board in the sanctuary.

Several examples of individual efforts include:

  • “I served food and washed dished at break
  • “Helped a co-worker”
  • “Fed neighbors”
  • “Gave someone a ride”

On a church-wide scale, the Rev. Kooperkamp has launched a family-oriented worship service on Sundays at 5:30 pm, an outgrowth of their Local Mission Approach, which Good Shepherd plans to make a regular event during the school year. Learn more on the Church of the Good Shepherd website.

Share your story! What is your congregation doing to gather people in the conversation about Local Mission? How are you being led by the Holy Spirit to live out your ministry? Submit your story to The Mountain by sending an email to

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