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Local Mission Approach

Now is our time to go into the world, to let the world know that there is a God who loves us.

This is the essence of the Jesus Movement in Vermont. As we strive to give life to this most urgent calling, our Diocesan Council and Ministry Support Team have as a high priority the work of assisting each congregation in articulating and implementing a Local Mission Approach, relevant to its local context, challenges and opportunities.

Mission is God’s process at work.

A strong theological current for the Local Mission Approach initiative in the Diocese of Vermont is an understanding of mission as God’s mission (missio dei), put into practice by the Church. Put another way, as many Christian leaders have observed, “The Church does not have a Mission. God’s Mission has a Church.”

Local Mission Toolkit

What Is a Local Mission Approach? A Local Mission Approach is a documented process of discerning and planning, acting and reflecting. One crucial factor in preparing a Local Mission Approach is that it should be a process that has the widest possible involvement across your congregation.

Appeals, Grants and Loans. Using funds designated in the Diocesan Budget for Local Mission Approaches, funding is provided for training in the various tools and models available to assist congregations, as well as for grants to help congregations implement a Local Mission Approach.

Local Mission Questionnaire. Local clergy and lay leaders are invited to download and use this questionnaire to assist congregations with the discernment of local mission.

Conversation Starters. Here are a few suggestions on how you might engage with people about being more missional. Pick one or more that is a good match for your group’s size, how you like to have conversations, or what might stretch you a bit.

Missional: Joining God in the Neighborhood. This book by Alan J. Roxburgh calls readers to reenter their neighborhoods and communities to discover what the Spirit is doing there — to start with God’s mission and join in, shaping the local church around that mission.

Joining God, Remaking Church, and Changing the World. In this book, Alan J. Roxburgh urges Christians to follow the Spirit into our neighborhoods, re-engage with the mission of God, and re-imagine the whole enterprise of church.

Leadership Development Initiative

The Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts & Partners

Discernment and Centers for Creativity

An Interview with the Rev. Paul Habersang, Christ Church, Montpelier, VT

Becca Stevens

Overcoming Fear, Becoming More Missional


Local Mission News

Episcopal VT Joins Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, January 19

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity Sunday January 19, 4:00 p.m. Faith United Methodist Church 899 Dorset St., South Burlington, VT SOUTH BURLINGTON, VT – All are invited to the Vermont Ecumenical Council‘s annual observance of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity on Sunday, January 16 at 4:00 p.m. The event will take place

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St. Thomas & Grace Episcopal Church in Brandon hosts Community Dinner on Saturday, November 16

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contacts:Rena McDonough (802) 247-9253Franci Farnsworth (802) 247-6154 BRANDON, VT – A public turkey dinner will be held on Saturday, November 16 from 5:00-6:30 p.m. at St. Thomas Church on Route 7 in downtown Brandon, Vermont. The menu includes turkey, stuffing, potatoes, squash, vegetables, cranberry sauce, and rolls. Dessert will be pies and

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Faith Unleashed: Women’s Retreat at Rock Point November 15-16, 2019 – Registration Now Open!

Faith Unleashed: Women’s RetreatFriday, November 15 – Saturday, November 16, 2019Rock Point Center, Burlington, VT 4:00 p.m. Friday, Sign-in begins6:00 p.m. Friday, DinnerNoon Saturday, Holy Communion 5:00 p.m. Saturday, Retreat ends Please join us for a delightful weekend in God’s Word! All Registrations require a $50 non-refundable deposit. Early Bird Registration (before 10/25/19) subtract $30

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The Women of Trinity to Host Tea Party with Special Guests from ECW and National Girls Friendly Society, October 19

RUTLANT, VT – The Women of Trinity (Trinity Church, Rutland) is very excited to welcome Susan Howland, the president of Province 1 ECW, Roberta Stocksdale, the Province 1 ECW secretary, as well as Lois Frankforter, the National Girls Friendly Society president for an informative afternoon event. The Women of Trinity would like to invite all

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Food For Thought: 2020 Election Issues and Challenges, October 8 & November 5

The upcoming Food for Thought Pot-Luck Forums at Mount Mansfield Union High School (MMU) will focus on the 2020 Presidential Elections and the major challenges and issues Vermonters face. Guest speakers will include former Republican Governor Jim Douglas (October 8), and former Democratic Governor Howard Dean (November 5). The Forums will be held on October

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St. Thomas & Grace Brandon Welcomes New Priest in Partnership

By Franci Farnsworth BRANDON, VT – The Rev. Rachel Field joined St. Thomas and Grace Episcopal Church as priest in partnership on August 29. The position is a quarter-time role, an arrangement that will enable the Rev. Field to pursue her call as both a sacramental minister and an environmental educator and activist. The Rev.

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St. James’ Arlington Calls New Priest in Partnership

By Nancy Boardman ARLINGTON, VT – On Sunday, September 15, the parish of St. James’ Episcopal Church in Arlington celebrated the new ministry of the Rev. Mary Robinson White as its priest in partnership. A native of Arizona, the Rev. White graduated from the University of Arizona with a B.A. in Elementary Education. She taught

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Louisville Institute Provides Grant Opportunities for Clergy, Religious Scholars

Funded by Lilly Endowment and based at Louisville Seminary, the Louisville Institute supports people who lead and study North American religious institutions, advancing scholarship that will contribute to church, academy, and wider society. LI grants and fellowships support three strategic constituencies: pastors; early career scholars; and senior researchers and scholars. Learn about these and other

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