Together in Mission
As people of faith, we trust that God is doing a new thing in the world and we are invited to be part of this work. Congregational mission planning is the process of discovering how each community of faith is called to live as the body of Christ.
Mission planning can be accomplished in many and various ways. In some congregations mission planning is a regular and ongoing topic for conversation. In some, mission planning is a new way to think about the ministry of the church. In all situations there are a few guiding principles that can help congregations think about how to proceed with developing a mission plan.
New Starts and Strategic Ministries
Local mission partnership is a program of the New Jersey Synod that encourages ministries to build relationships with each other around three principles of prayer, presence, and presents.
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“Who are we called to be at this time and place?” That is the question that congregations will wrestle with as they engage with the mission strategy process in the New Jersey Synod. These strategy options will help congregations reclaim their own identity while listening deeply to the community around them.
To assist congregations in this process of renewal, here are three opportunities.
Coaching is an intentional relationship focused on facilitating change and growth in your personal or professional life or in the life of your congregation.These coaches are trained for the purpose of equipping you and your ministry, as well as helping you cultivate fruitful congregational ministries in the specific areas of discipleship and stewardship.
(If you have already registered the zoom links is the same, but why not invite someone else to join you!) :)
You are being invited to Go and…!, a monthly Zoom gathering about evangelism and outreach.
Moving forward it will be held on each last Thursday of the month with a different topic each time.
We will be holding space for congregational leaders and evangelists to focus on mission and the future to which God is calling the church.
If you and other leaders in your congregation have a passion and interest for evangelism and outreach and don’t know where to start in a world still so uncertain, know that you are not alone. As God is inviting us to engage with new, young, and diverse people, let’s rely on God’s power to ignite, equip, and empower the evangelists in our congregations.
God is cracking open the Church so that we can:
Go and spread the news
Go and pray
Go and listen
Go and be with neighbors
Go and make disciples
Go and witness
Go and serve
Go and feed the hungry
Go and do justice
Go and do something
Join us for a virtual gathering and a lively conversation with people who have a similar passion for sharing Christ’s love. Join Pastor Maristela Freiberg, Director for Evangelical Mission and Assistant to the Bishop of the NJ Synod, in partnership with other facilitators, leaders, and guests, on Zoom.