The Diocesan Missional Committee exists to follow through on a Diocesan initiative that invites parishes to consider how to renew their commitment to the Great Commission. The goal is to use interactive workshops to ask congregations to think about how their many programs and services could be more outwardly focused and invitational. The heart behind these workshops is to engage and encourage individuals to rethink what it means for the church to be evangelistic and missional, to remove the discomfort associated with these terms, and to engage in practical means through which a parish and individuals can demonstrate Jesus to the world around them. St. James has decided to participate in this initiative and establish a plan within our parish to focus on mission and evangelism in every area of community life. This means taking a look at the way we operate and finding new ways to adapt a missional attitude in that operation. The diocesan workshops offer tools for us to change our mindset and get creative within our own contexts. This means that we are not given a list of things to do or a one-size-fits all plan, but rather an opportunity to rethink, and freedom to make changes that work best for us as a community. The workshops focus on things like community engagement, communications, small groups, and more. The MAP committee at St. James functions as a facilitation group, creating spaces for parishioners to get creative rather than dictating the change as we see fit. We encourage all parishioners to begin thinking about how their own branch of ministry can operate with an evangelistic mindset as we seek to fulfill the Great Commission. We hope everyone can be part of the collaborative effort to make St. James a place that is warm and welcoming, and effective at sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ with the world around us! We will be launching our Mission Action Planning this Month with an online Zoom meeting May 15th at 9:30 am! We are inviting all St. James parishioners to join us to discuss the scope of mission in more detail!
You need to register for this meeting by clicking on the link below:
After registering you will recieve a confirmation email containing infromation about joining the meeting. Please register by May 13th as this will give us time to pre-plan the small groups for discussions during the meeting.
Please join the meeting no later than 9:15am so we can make sure everyone is online. Thank You