New Diocesan Opportunity

New Diocesan Opportunity

New Dollars/New Partners Conference Kicks off New Diocesan Opportunity

by The Rev. Phil Reinheimer, Priest in Charge, St. John’s Episcopal Church, Marysville

An enthusiastic and inquisitive group of 18 churches and 50 persons participated in the first informational meeting of a New Dollars/New Partners proposal for our diocese. Held at Trinity Cathedral and hosted by the Church Support Team, attendees heard from Bishop Beisner and The Rev. Canon Michael Barlowe, Diocese of California, on the details of a national, multi-faith program of Partners for Sacred Places, that focuses on churches that are older, have capital needs beyond their current financial capability, want to deepen their community connections, and want to use their buildings more effectively.

New Dollars/New Partners (ND/NP) provides an intensive and in-depth training program for participating congregations, focusing on hidden strengths, community opportunities, and funding possibilities that are available from foundations and grant resources, many unknown to local faith communities. The training will involve four full-day and one half-day training sessions, with follow-up and review by ND/NP staff and resources. The Church Support Team was delighted to welcome two clergy in attendance from the Diocese of Nevada, which is also implementing ND/NP. Details and recommendations from Canon Barlowe and encouragement from Bishop Beisner were the highlights of the formative meeting on October 25th. More information will be forthcoming as additional information is secured and questions receive more in-depth responses. A report at the January 2013 Board of Trustees retreat has been requested, and full program implementation by next year is a major goal and objective.

Part of the process involved in bringing ND/NP information to our diocese should be useful to churches and programs looking to publicize their events and activities. The diocesan staff was a major asset and partner in transmitting detailed ND/NP information to churches throughout the diocese: the diocesan website was utilized for registration (using EventBrite), and event and program information was e-mailed to deaneries and individuals; this was followed by hard copy packets being mailed out to clergy and senior wardens, and event information on the diocesan website was constantly updated. This partnership and cooperation between diocesan staff and Church Support Team organizers ensured a very successful event and serves as a collaborative prototype for all of us who strive to tell and show others of the wonders of Gospel mission and ministry.

For more information, please contact either Rev. Reinheimer at 530.432.3873 or Lynn Zender 530.756.4610.

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