[Europe.justus] Fwd: General Convention Small Church Resource
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>> Expéditeur: "Sheryl Kujawa-Holbrook" <sherylkujawa1 at msn.com>
>> Date: 27 octobre 2011 07:11:23 HAEC
>> Destinataire: <bishop at tec-europe.org>
>> Objet: General Convention Small Church Resource
>> October 26, 2011
>> Dear Bishop Whalon,
>> I am sending this note to colleagues who work for dioceses and provide resources for congregations.
>> As mandated by the General Convention, the Congregational Vitality Office at the Episcopal Church Center is in the process of compiling a “Small Church Growth Strategies Handbook” entitled, Hope and Action: Abundant Small Churches. The resource will be ready for the General Convention this summer. I am in the process compiling stories of abundant small churches and resources to be included. We are purposely not quantifying “small” exactly, though that number tends to hover around 125 or fewer, because we are also interested in learning about congregations that are smaller and larger than that which consider themselves small churches.
>> I am interested in any stories you might have about congregations involved in extraordinary ministries that could benefit others – community gardens or food ministries, innovative small church worship and music, outreach and social justice, new ways to engage children, youth , young adults, and seniors, evangelism with groups beyond young families (though new ideas here are welcome), global mission, ministry with military personnel and families, inventive building or facility usage, interfaith cooperation, interesting support groups or prayer groups, creative stewardship or evangelism initiatives, forward-looking technology, and any other distinctive and hopeful efforts.
>> I am also contacting all organizations and dioceses offering resources for congregations in an effort to compile a comprehensive resource section. Instead of the customary list, I am offering individuals and organizations an opportunity to submit a one-page flyer highlighting the resources you offer to congregations. It is my hope that this type of resource section will draw attention to all that is available in the Episcopal Church to support congregational vitality.
>> Submissions must be one page, one-sided, and black & white, so they can easily be duplicated. All pages must be submitted to me no later than November 28, 2011. Pages must be sent to me as a PDF file to: sherylkujawa1 at msn.com or skujawa-holbrook at cst.edu. If you intend to participate it is helpful to let me know in advance – just e-mail me at one of these addresses. If I have any questions about your text, I will ask you before publication. If this deadline causes huge problems, but you still want to participate, let me know. Thank you!
>> Faithfully yours,
>> (The Rev. Dr.) Sheryl Kujawa-Holbrook
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