The 5 Marks of Mission

The Five Marks of Mission, developed by the Anglican Consultative Council between 1984 and 1990, have won wide acceptance among Anglicans, and have given parishes and diocese around the world a practical and memorable way of considering missional activities. They were adopted by General Convention in 2009.

 

Proclaim the Good News of the Kingdom

Bishop’s Address to Convention – Part Two
Also in this video:Leila Mello, member of Iglesia San Andres Episcopal in Camden, shares her story and that of her congregation over the last year, as they embrace The Way of St. Paul and Proclaim the Good News in their community. 

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POWERPOINT VISUAL – Bishops-Address-2-Convention-2018-part-2

TEXT VERSION – I love the Gospel of Mark.  I love its immediacy.  I love its urgency.  The opening of the Gospel of Mark gets right to the heart of the matter: The Good New, Gospel, of Jesus Christ, the Son of God (1.1).  You don’t have to guess about Mark’s concern; its right there.  Mark’s concern is also our concern – the Gospel of Jesus Christ the Son of God. Continue Reading

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Teach, Nurture, and baptize new believers

Bishop’s Address to Convention – Part One

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TEXT VERSION In 1995, I had the privilege of meeting, and organizing a lecture weekend that featured, Loren Mead, founder of The Alban Institute and author of The Once and Future Church, Transforming Congregations for the Future as well as many other books and articles.  Loren was prescient in recognizing the western Church had entered what he labeled a “post-Christendom era.”  He recognized that the days of the Church enjoying a privileged and cozy relationship with the wider culture and its structures were over. Continue Reading

BELOW: The prototype video for Faith for Everyone, Everywhere–an interactive learning tool made possible through the generous support of The Constable Foundation. Look for more videos from this initiative coming soon.

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Respond to human need by loving service

Bishop’s Address to Convention – Part Three

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POWERPOINT VISUAL – Bishops-Address-3-Convention-2018-part-3

TEXT VERSION The great German Reformer Martin Luther once referred to the Epistle of James as an “an epistle of straw.”  He says of James, “In a word, he wants to guard against those who relied on faith without works, and is unequal to the task . . . and would accomplish by insisting on the Law what the apostles accomplish by inciting men to love. Therefore, I cannot put him among the chief books, though I would not thereby prevent anyone from putting him where he pleases and estimating him as he pleases; for there are many good sayings in him.” Continue Reading.

Below: St. Mary the Virgin Episcopal Church in Pleasantville, NJ responds to need with compassion and creativity. This video shows the parishioners, worship, and rich life of service at St. Mary’s.

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Seek to transform unjust structures of society, to challenge violence of every kind, and to pursue peace and reconciliation.

Bishop’s Address to Convention – Part Four

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TEXT VERSION A shepherd and a dresser of Sycamore trees, meaning he gathered fruit; Amos was not a professional prophet.  The introduction to the Book of Amos in the NRSV Oxford Annotated Bible tells us, “Amos was called by God from a shepherd’s task to the difficult mission of preaching harsh words in a smooth season.” I appreciate that description.  They go on.  “He denounced Israel for its reliance on military might, and for grave injustice in social dealings, abhorrent morality, and shallow, meaningless piety….” Continue Reading.

Below, clergy and lay leaders from throughout the diocese share stories about Jubilee ministries and how they transform our communities, from housing to immigration to violence and more.

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Strive to safeguard the integrity of creation and sustain and renew the life of the earth.

Bishop’s Address to Convention – Part Five

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TEXT VERSION The opening chapter of Genesis is familiar to us all.  It portrays a sovereign God bringing order out of chaos; life out of earth with beauty, goodness, relationship.  The verses I just read are remarkable including, as they do, God’s declaration that humankind is made in God’s own image; and that humankind is instructed to subdue the earth and given dominion over every living creature. Continue Reading.

Below, learn more about the substantial impact Green Faith has made in greening churches throughout the diocese.

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