Bishop Benhase gives a brief overview of the Campaign for Congregational Development.
The Campaign for the Congregational Development in the Diocese of Georgia is about serving Jesus and seeking to be more fully engaged as the Body of Christ. Through the Campaign, the Diocese of Georgia will strengthen productive ministries and implement new ministries that will enliven its people and parishes and foster a new era of mission.
The priorities of the Campaign fall into three areas- Congregational Development; Clergy and Lay Leadership Development, and Formation of Youth and Young Adult Leadership. Within each of those three areas, there are three specific campaign priorities as described below. You can watch a short video of Bishop Benhase explaining each individual priority by clicking on that priority.
I. CONGREGATIONAL DEVELOPMENT
1) Develop Signature Outreach:
Each congregation is encouraged to develop at least one signature outreach ministry in its community and use that outreach to help grow the congregation.
2) Opportunity For Growth:
Five existing congregations that have exceptional growth potential will be identified. Funds given to these parishes will help them take advantage of growth opportunity. For example, requested funds could enable a move from mission to parish status. Or, funds might help them go from being a parish with a part-time priest to one with a full-time priest. Or, funds might allow a growing parish with a full-time priest to add a youth minister.
3) Plant new Churches:
The Mission Development Teams will identify three communities in the Diocese of Georgia that are favorable for planting new churches. These churches will receive full funding, including an ordained church planter and a youth minister, to found new congregations from Campaign funds.
II. CLERGY AND LAY LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT
4) Training Clergy in Congregational and Organizational Development
Through Campaign gifts allocated to leadership development, clergy will have the opportunity to attend a program led by CDI (Church Development Institute) that provides the knowledge and skills to grow stronger and healthier congregations. The desired program outcome is competent leadership that is rooted in the experience, research, and methods of congregational and organization development. Those that attend the two year CDI program are taught how to become more aware of one’s personal impact on others and on their congregations as a whole. They will learn theories, methods and process that will help them to understand organizational behavior and how it affects the development of their congregations.
5) Training and Supplying Clergy with Peer Coaches
Six clergy will be trained and certified by the Christian Coaching Federation of Certified Coaches. Once certification is complete, these peer coaches will work with clergy and lay leaders to develop their capabilities by assisting them with personal goals, setting clear objectives, and staying mission-focused through regular support and accountability. Peer coaching,, funded by the Diocese, will be available to all clergy and lay leaders in the Diocese who request it. Additionally, the Bishop will assign coaches to the newly ordained and newly arrived clergy in the Diocese as part of their welcome and introduction to the Diocese of Georgia.
6) Identify Six Teaching Parishes for Clergy
The Diocese will identify six parishes across the Diocese will that will provide three-year opportunities for newly ordained priests to learn and assimilate the best practices of mature, creative, and vital clergy leadership. The ministry will help shape the future clergy leaders of our Diocese by serving a residency, much as new doctors serve residencies in hospitals.
III. FORMATION OF YOUTH AND YOUNG ADULT LEADERSHIP
7) Intentional Communities:
The Diocese plans to establish three intentional communities supported initially by Campaign funds. The program will blend social ministry, intellectual inquiry, and intentional community into an experience that enables young adults to explore their spiritual lives within the context of intentional living. The Diocese will identify, through the recruitment process, four candidates who will live in each of the three intentional Christian communities. The interns will spend a portion of their week working in local parishes and non-profits, both identified by the Diocesan staff, and a portion of their week in leadership and spiritual development.
8) Train and Deploy Twelve Youth Missionaries:
Twelve trained youth missionaries will be trained, and assigned to serve for a five year term one of 12 different communities in the Diocese. Each will work with the Convocational Dean and parish clergy to draw youth and young adults into our congregations.
9) Permanently Endow the Position of Canon for Youth and Young Adult Ministries: Gifts made to this Priority will help endow a fund to insure the Diocese’s capacity to attract and retain the best professional to guide its programs of youth and young adults.
Honey Creek is not considered an actual priority for the campaign but it is a strategic asset for the Diocese’s growth and development. Training associated with the Campaign priorities will be held at Honey Creek.