The Outreach Committee informs, educates, and assists congregations of the Synod in regards to New and Redeveloping Congregations, Evangelism, Ecumenism, and Contextual Evangelism.
Chairperson: George Sanchez
Staff Liaison: Pastor Gary Erickson, Assistant to the Bishop
Our Mission/Purpose is to: Assist congregations of the Synod to learn, think and live Jesus’ life, death and resurrection to build faithful and vital Christian communities.
Our Goals are:
- New Ministries – Vital congregations try new things. The committee offers small grant for congregations willing to test new ministry ideas.
- Vitality Resources for Congregations - Resources for congregations focusing on learning, thinking and living into Jesus’ promise of abundant life are available through the Director for Evangelical Mission. Congregational Resourcing Event and Synod Assembly are some opportunities for sharing resources.
- Ecumenism – Build awareness of and assist in participation with ecumenical happenings, such as Week of Prayer.
- Congregational Vitality Survey – The survey assist congregations in developing mission and ministry strategies.
Members will be Expected to: Attend all committee meetings.
Time Requirements of this Ministry are: At present the Outreach Committee meets four times a year on Saturdays. Meeting months may vary but tend to be in January, April, September and November.
Our Commitments to Members During this Period are: Workshops and training events - regional and national. At our meetings we all work together to assist subcommittees, synodical staff related to Outreach, and each other.
Members Should Know these Additional Things about this Committee: The people on the committee feel a strong interest and enthusiasm for mission and outreach of the Church.
Expenses incurred attending meetings are reimbursed by the Synod.