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Grace Church Montpellier awarded discernment grant

At its October meeting, the Executive Council of the Episcopal Church awarded Grace Church, Montpellier a $5,000 discernment grant. The Council approved grants for church planting and Mission Enterprise Zones development throughout the Episcopal Church. Newly created grants are awarded to dioceses and already-established ministries exploring possibilities for new initiatives or expansion. The funding also calls for the creation of a community of practice for equipping the church with resources for assessment, coaching, networking, and the sharing of best practices.

At its October meeting, the Executive Council of the Episcopal Church awarded Grace Church, Montpellier a $5,000 discernment grant. The Council approved grants for church planting and Mission Enterprise Zones development throughout the Episcopal Church. The program was adopted by the 78th General Convention of The Episcopal Church in July 2015

Newly created grants are awarded to dioceses and already-established ministries exploring possibilities for new initiatives or expansion. The funding also calls for the creation of a community of practice for equipping the church with resources for assessment, coaching, networking, and the sharing of best practices.

Executive Council member the Rev. Susan Brown Snook of the Diocese of Arizona and chair of Local Ministry and Mission Committee said that the work of church planting “is some of the most exciting work we see happening in our church today in the mission priority area of evangelism. Just a few years ago, we saw very few new church initiatives in the Episcopal Church. Now, we see an inspiring variety of new ideas, energy, and enthusiasm for reaching new people with the good news of Christ through new and creative initiatives to plant new congregations, in both traditional and non-traditional ways.”

The Rev. Jane Gerdsen, chair of the Genesis Group (General Convention Advisory Group on Church Planting), noted, “This is an exciting new moment in the life of the Episcopal Church and we are thrilled by the energy and willingness of the church to follow Jesus in new ways into our communities and neighborhoods. This new energy is represented not only in the number of submissions, but more importantly the diversity of places, people, and expressions of the Episcopal branch of the Jesus Movement. We want to encourage and celebrate all who are part of this movement.”

Grants

This triennium, 34 projects have been approved. The 34 initiatives include 12 new church plants, seven new Mission Enterprise Zones, five discernment grants, seven renewal grants for church plants originally funded in the 2013-15 triennium, and three renewal grants for Mission Enterprise Zones originally funded in the 2013-15 triennium.

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