We are One Body. Together.
In the last three years, we have achieved much together. The following are some highlights of that work:
- Recruited 9 priests to diocese since 2018;
- Created the Growth Development Fund to provide $1.5M to churches over 5-years;
- Re-opened 2 closed churches;
- Implemented Data Stories, providing data and consultation to churches to help them identify new audiences;
- Created a clergy mentorship program;
- Created partnerships with 5 universities, the Veterans Administration, the Department of Behavioral Health and the City of Philadelphia;
- Created the first moral injury support group for female veterans and created mental health and Narcan trainings for the diocese;
- Launched 8 wellness centers in churches providing healthcare to students, homeless and aging populations;
- Created a partnership with the Diocese of the Navajoland to provide free and/or low cost web design;
- Created partnerships with accountants and attorneys to provide free and/or low cost services;
- Created a mission process for congregations;
- Created coalitions beyond the deanery model to support churches based on their size and unique needs;
- Identified free and/or low cost accounting and legal assistance for churches;
- Led dozens of vestry retreats, property seminars, (list all events) with the goal of empowering clergy and lay leadership;
- Provided assistance to 52 committees/commissions.
Our Future. Know Jesus. Change the World.
We are committed to empowering churches, spreading the Gospel and addressing pain and poverty in our community and the world. Here are 10 goals we established with our churches in November 2018:
- Centralized hub for learning for clergy and laity. (Shepherd’s Call).
- Plant a school in an underserved neighborhood in our Diocese.
- Through partnerships, create a network of 10 wellness centers in our churches that serve the physical health needs of communities.
- Partner with three agencies and interfaith organizations to effectively address poverty, hunger, violence.
- Reestablish effective ministry to the shut-ins, the matriarchs and patriarchs who have laid the foundation.
- Plant three Canterbury Houses with one on the Main Line.
- Establish a chaplaincy program for prison ministry and a renewed dedication toward racial healing.
- Establishment of a time line for those churches that are closed.
- Plant five “churches” in six years.
- Ordain 60 deacons in six years.