first_imgSpeakers support scholarships for those seeking to serve small congregations Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books [Episcopal News Service – Austin, Texas] More than a half-dozen speakers appeared before the Ministry Committee on July 6 to voice their support for a resolution that would eventually lead to scholarship funding for individuals pursuing the ministry in order to serve small congregations as clergy and deacons.“We found that those who are called to serve small congregations find very little funding available to them,” said the Rev. Susanna Singer, chair of the Task Force on Clergy Leadership Formation in Small Congregations and associate professor of ministry development at Church Divinity School of the Pacific in Berkeley, California.Full ENS coverage of the 79th meeting of General Convention is available here.The task force submitted Resolution A027, which would direct Executive Council to establish a panel to “develop and implement a plan to provide need-based central scholarship funding to individuals” pursuing a theological education to serve as priests or deacons in small congregations.Singer suggested the funding could provide individuals with financial support for tuition, travel, child care, computers “or whatever the applicant needed” to pursue a theological education, primarily outside traditional residential seminary programs.According to the task force, 69 percent of Episcopal congregations have an average Sunday attendance of less than 100, placing them in the category of “small congregation.” To take this even further, bishops surveyed by the task force reported that a “substantial minority” of their congregations number less than 20 on an average Sunday.Recognizing the unique needs and issues of such congregations, the 78th General Convention three years ago set up the task force to “develop a plan for quality formation for clergy in small congregations that is affordable, theologically reflective and innovative.”Speakers agreed with the task force’s assessment that many individuals interested in serving small congregations, often located in rural or poor urban areas, are unable to afford the cost of a seminary education.The Rev. Andrew Hybl, dean of students at Church Divinity School of the Pacific, told the committee that “individuals are being asked to make personal and financial sacrifices that are impossible” in order to obtain a theological education and enter the ministry.A ministry subcommittee planned to consider the testimony and return with its recommendations.— Mike Patterson is a San Antonio-based freelance writer and correspondent for the Episcopal News Service. He is a member of ENS General Convention reporting team and can be reached at [email protected] By Mike PattersonPosted Jul 6, 2018 Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS William D. Razz Waff says: Comments (11) Tags Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME July 6, 2018 at 4:42 pm Finally, someone might have an answer to a distinct need within the church. Don’t wait another 3years, please. Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Rector Knoxville, TN General Convention 2018 Jane O’Leary says: In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Rector Tampa, FL July 7, 2018 at 11:42 pm Sadly, the first thing that jumped out at me was the reporter’s phrasing of “…clergy and deacons.” Wow, I really thought that we had sort of figured that out, oh, years ago. As a priest I am fully aware of and appreciative of those who are deacons, both transitionally or as a life-long vocation. This has me wondering if there is an editor who checks articles for errors such as this. The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group July 9, 2018 at 10:04 pm Jane,There is a strong correlation between the two. Many of the underrepresented groups belong to small congregations. Many do not feel able to make the financial sacrifices required of theological education when they know they cannot receive adequate compensation. Deborah Matherne says: Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA General Convention, Rector Bath, NC Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Featured Jobs & Calls Rector Belleville, IL AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Rector Hopkinsville, KY Razz Waff says: Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET July 7, 2018 at 12:57 am Major mistake with this article: “clergy and deacons.” Deacons ARE clergy. I expect better of the Episcopal News Service. Maureen-Elizabeth HagenPresidentAssociation for Episcopal Deacons Youth Minister Lorton, VA Submit a Press Release Featured Events This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Maureen-Elizabeth Hagen says: center_img July 7, 2018 at 7:09 am The vitality of small congregations, especially in rural areas, is probably the most important topic taken up by this convention. Unfortunately, most of the attention seems devoted to all sorts of topics that even the United Nations can’t solve because, I suppose, it makes the participants feel more important. If we would focus our attention on those areas where our opinion is relevant, we would be a better church. Rector Washington, DC Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Submit an Event Listing Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Submit a Job Listing The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Comments are closed. Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Rector Smithfield, NC July 7, 2018 at 11:45 pm The first thing that jumped out at me was the author’s phrasing of “….clergy and deacons.” I really thought we had figured this out years ago. I for one have always been appreciative of the work and ministry of deacons and the work they do as clergy. Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Pittsburgh, PA July 7, 2018 at 8:06 am Amen! Press Release Service Maureen-Elizabeth Hagen says: Rector Shreveport, LA Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Rector Martinsville, VA July 7, 2018 at 7:26 pm John, I think I mostly agree. Director of Music Morristown, NJ Associate Rector Columbus, GA William D. Razz Waff says: Rector Albany, NY Rector Collierville, TN July 7, 2018 at 9:16 am First paragraph got off to a poor start when deacons were not included in the category of “clergy.” We have a hard enough time educating parishes regarding the role of deacon. Please don’t add to the confusion by improperly marginalizing this order in your reports. Kevin McGrane Sr. says: Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ July 7, 2018 at 11:41 pm Sadly, the first thing that jumped out at me was the reporter’s phrasing of “…clergy and deacons.” Wow, I really thought that we had sort of figured that out, oh, years ago. As a priest I am fully aware of and appreciative of those who are deacons, both transitionally or as a life-long vocation. This has me wondering if there is an editor who checks articles for errors such as this. Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York July 9, 2018 at 6:51 pm This explanation seems to assume a correlation between a person’s financial ability to afford a theological education and a person’s call to serve a small congregation. Please help me understand. Thank you. TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Curate Diocese of Nebraska An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET John Hobart says: Jeanine Blessant says: Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Debra Aring says: last_img

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