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Title: Diocesan Jubilee Officer Cedar Rapids Gathering

Diocesan Jubilee Officer Cedar Rapids Gathering
  • Session Four
  • New Program Development
  • March 28, 2009

Working Together for Justice
Goals for New Program Development
  • To introduce distinctions between Jubilee
    Ministries that are congregationally based and
    those which are agency based
  • Review Resolution history of Jubilee Ministry
    Diocesan Jubilee Officers
  • Contrast histories with survey interests
    expressed while making review
  • Seek further clarification of the questions
    throughout to assure targeted program visioning
    and development
  • To recognize the important work of ECSA and to
    distinguish between that work and our identity as
    members of the Jubilee Ministry network
  • 37.0 (Strongly Agree)48.1 (Agree) 14.8
    (Disagree) 0 (Strongly Disagree)
  • To introduce the Model for Domestic Poverty
    Alleviation and to make a direct connection
    between Jubilee Ministry and its role supporting
    this commitment
  • Will accomplish through Morning Prayer with
    Theological Reflection
  • Brochure and Study Guide
  • Discussion around Model for Domestic Poverty
  • To introduce the Excellence in Ministry
    Recognition program

Working Together for Justice
Resolution Number 1985-A106Title Request
That Each Diocese Appoint a Jubilee
OfficerLegislative Action Taken Concurred As
  • Resolved, the House of Bishops concurring, That
    in each diocese there be appointed a Jubilee
    officer who will
  • become informed on all facets of the Jubilee
  • serve as a liaison to the Jubilee Ministry
    Commission, and
  • be available as a resource to their bishops and
    congregations and
  • otherwise bring support to further Jubilee
    Ministries in each diocese of the Church.

Working Together for Justice
Congregational and Agency Based Ministries
  • The Jubilee Ministries in my diocese consist of
    the following
  • Congregational Based 88.5
  • Small Agencies 69.2
  • Large Agencies 38.5
  • Ecumenical Ministries 50.0
  • Interfatih Partnerships 42.3

Feedback from survey comments. What are the major
differences between Congregation and Agency based
Jubilee Ministries?
  • Size, funding sources, and Vestry/Board of
    Directors oversight
  • Scope is smaller in congregation-based
    ministries they tend to appear, work, then
    disappear because they are based on the passion
    of one person or group.
  • Congregational based ministries are smaller,
    while agency based ministries are more widespread
  • 501(c)3 are typically ecumenical or interfaith,
    with an ancillary connection to founding parishes
    through those members currently active whereas
    the parish based are woven into the life and
    outreach of the faith community
  • congregation based approved through the Jubilee
    Office don't exist here.
  • Congregational ministries are under the
    supervision of the Rector and Vestry.
  • We have no agency-based ministries

Feedback from survey comments. What are the major
differences between Congregation and Agency based
Jubilee Ministries? (continued)
  • Cant say yet
  • I don't think I have enough information to
    accurately answer these questions. The
    differences, blocks, and issues are different for
    each congregation. I cannot generalize them.
  • I am too new to answer this
  • We have two congregation based ministries that
    hold a variety of services.
  • amount of diocesan support
  • Of the two congregational ministries, one is a
    ministry to Hispanics in southern MO. The other
    is a pantry giving toiletries to low income
    folks. Of the three large agency based
    ministries, one is a training center for chefs,
    one is the largest feeding program in Kansas
    City, MO, and one is a large Parenting Life
    Skills Center in Springfield, MO.
  • I think we are mostly congregation based. One of
    our sites has a partnership with a domestic
    violence agency. They support the work of this
    single agency as the biggest part of their
    ministry. Others are congregational in the sense
    that they reach out to many agencies,
    organizations and individual through many means.
    The ministry of the entire congregation is called

Feedback from survey comments. What are the major
differences between Congregation and Agency based
Jubilee Ministries? (continued)
  • In the Diocese of Lexington the distinction is
    the involvement is that Congregational based
    ministries are primary Episcopal Church centered
    as opposed to an interfaith focus of member
  • Congregation based generally smaller, smaller
    facilities, smaller reach
  • Size, mostly. Not certain of the distinctions,
    in part because some of ours grew from
    parish-based to spin-off agencies.
  • Agency based have hired director usually, may not
    belong to the church, but many church volunteers
    and financial assistance. The physical place may
    not be in the church facility. Congregation based
    is in the church "footprint" and has leadership
    from church members - Often all volunteer.
  • Agencies have a elected board of directors,
    vestry run many church base groups
  • Congregation based ministry are sponsored by one
    congregation agency based usually more
    interfaith or ecumenical.

Feedback from survey comments. What are the major
differences between Congregation and Agency based
Jubilee Ministries? (continued)
  • Some of the larger agency-based ministries grew
    directly out of the initiatives of an individual
    Episcopal some are the result of ecumenical
    efforts to address issues (mostly urban). They
    mostly address broad social needs. The
    congregation-based ministries vary greatly some
    focus on one specific need, while some
    congregations address a variety of needs these
    tend to be smaller initiatives, but they are
    still worthwhile programs.
  • The main difference would be available resources
    and size of program.

What is it? A quick rule of thumb
  • Is the organizational budget approved by the
    congregation at its Annual
  • Meeting or by a Board of Directors?
  • If the budget is approved by the congregation at
    its annual meeting,
  • then this is most likely a congregationally based
    Jubilee Ministry.
  • If the budget is approved by a Board of
  • then it is most likely an agency based Jubilee
  • Congregational and ecumenical cluster ministries
    rely on congregations
  • to approve outreach support, while approving
    their program budget.

Theological implications for consideration in
determining needed resources
  • One of the scribes came near and heard them
    disputing with one
  • another, and seeing that he answered them well,
    he asked him, Which
  • commandment is the first of all? Jesus answered,
    The first is, Hear,
  • O Israel the Lord our God, the Lord is one you
    shall love the Lord your
  • God with all your heart, and with all your soul,
    and with all your mind,
  • and with all your strength. The second is this,
    You shall love your
  • neighbor as yourself. There is no other
    commandment greater than
  • these. Then the scribe said to him, You are
    right, Teacher you have
  • truly said that he is one, and besides him there
    is no other and to
  • love him with all the heart, and with all the
    understanding, and with all the
  • strength, and to love ones neighbor as
    oneself,this is much more
  • important than all whole burnt-offerings and
    sacrifices. When Jesus saw that
  • he answered wisely, he said to him, You are not
    far from the kingdom of God.
  • After that no one dared to ask him any question.
    Mark 1228-34

Theological implications for consideration in
determining needed resources
  • Congregations tend to focus on personal piety
    loving God with heart, mind, soul and strength
  • Agencies tend to focus on faith in action
    loving neighbor as self.
  • To the extent that this observation is true,
    congregations need help with resources that focus
    on putting their faith in action, while members
    of agencies need help with resources that focus
    on cultivating their relationship with God as the
    source of their faith.

Resources needed to support Congregations doing
Jubilee Ministry

Working Together for Justice
Resources needed to support Congregations doing
Jubilee Ministry
  • Survey feedback regarding the blocks to
    development of congregational based ministries
  • I think there is an absence of clergy awareness.
  • Can't say yet
  • Yeah, all them in some combination, and what wil
    usually seem to jumpstart is one person with a
    burning desire to do the work and then hopefully
    finding the support in the rector or DJO to do
    the research, determine what resources are needed
    to meet the need, then go look for seed money to
    'kick start', and work on broader support with
    the parish
  • All the above I believe our chief challenge is
    critical mass because we are lt5,000
    Episcopalians in the whole state, our ministries
    must be ecumenical Our one Jubilee Ministry is
    situated on a circle where every other church in
    town is located within a few hundred yards the
    ministry taps volunteers from one or more of
    these nearby centers.
  • Probably lack of knowledge of JM together with
    lack of money
  • lack of vision

Resources needed to support Congregations doing
Jubilee Ministry
  • Here is a big push for Millennium Development
    Goals projects that dominates. Currently, the
    two co-chairs of the MDG's feel all funds should
    go overseas to help folks earning 1 a day.
  • Relationship between wider parish and particular
    ministry/the group that "runs" it. Funding,
    communication, broadening senes of "ownership,"
    when/why to spin off as 501(c)3, etc.
  • Often small churches here have an older
    congregation, not willing to start and lead. BUT
    the recent gift of 12,000 for a Mustartd Seed
    Mission to every one of our churches is a huge
    stimulus and just getting off the ground!

Resources needed to support Agencies doing
Jubilee Ministry

Home of the Innocents, Louisville
(above) Bridging Arizona, Mesa (at left)
Working Together for Justice
Resources needed to support Agencies doing
Jubilee Ministry
  • Survey feedback regarding major issues facing
    agency based ministries
  • Outcome measures (as opposed to "through put"
    measures) can be most elusive to identify and
  • Can't say yet
  • Board training and fund development are frequent
    but not always asked for, those new to grants
    usually don't have their measurables in place so
    will try to match with nonprofit resource center
    to gain those skills
  • Not applicable in our diocese
  • Congregations are small in size. The two centers
    are at our largest churches.
  • As far as I know the three large agency based
    Jubilee Centers are doing well.

The important work of Episcopal Community
Services in America
  • Presentation and discussion by
  • Dr. Jay F. Lehnertz, Ph.D.Chair
  • Board of Directors, ECSA
  • President/CEOEpiscopal Community Services of
    Kansas West MissouriKansas City, MO 

Working Together for Justice
The Episcopal ChurchandDomestic Poverty
The Presiding Bishops Summit on Domestic
Poverty Faith in the Balance A Call to
Action By the Rev. Christopher A.
Johnson Program Officer, Domestic Justice and
Jubilee Ministries Ash Wednesday 2009
How can we help to break the cycle of poverty?
How can we become a place of refuge and healing
for the most vulnerable members of our society?
How might we be a prophetic voice for those who
find themselves stuck in dead-end situations?
  • These are questions Presiding Bishop Katharine
    Jefferts Schori challenged participants to
    address while attending the Summit on Domestic
    Poverty held at the Franciscan Renewal Center in
    Scottsdale, Arizona, in May 2008.

Executive Summary
  • The Presiding Bishop convened this leadership
    gathering envisioning the development of
    creative ways in which we can work collectively
    on common issues, the development of steps to
    eradicate poverty in the United States, say a
    word to the nation, point to possible actions at
    the next General Convention, and recognize,
    elevate, and celebrate all that is done on behalf
    of the poor on a daily basis in our
    congregations, dioceses, and institutions.

  • This call to action provides a brief
    introduction that summarizes the summit event as
    the beginning of a process designed to engage the
    ministry of the church as a whole in common
    mission that is informed by Holy Scripture and
    Holy Baptism. A Model for Domestic Poverty
    Alleviation is introduced that follows the
    general format of a congregational development
    model. The four-point organizing language of
    Vision, Formation, Networking and Advocacy that
    emerged at the summit is preserved in the model
    under the categories of Servant Leadership,
    Christian Discipleship, Partnership in Mission,
    and Stewardship of Creation. These four
    categories are further divided into three
    subcategories to acknowledge the complexity of
    the challenges before us and to create
    opportunity to draw the whole of the church
    around domestic poverty as a common mission. The
    model intends to provide a relational structure
    through which an effective response to domestic
    poverty can be developed. It does not intend to
    provide the details of a particular localized
    response nor does it intend to provide particular
    strategies that will be adopted by the
    participants. This design is to assure a broad
    sense of ownership, which includes ownership by
    those populations it intends to impact.

  • Stakeholders have been identified to correspond
    to each of the subcategories based on the focus
    of their mission. A process has been recommended
    that outlines necessary action steps for
    implementation. The details of that process are
    sufficiently loose at this point so that
    stakeholders are free to shape the model based on
    their areas of expertise. The model places its
    faith in the balance sought among stakeholders as
    ideas are exchanged and goals are established.
    The model seeks to nurture faith in the balance
    between piety and action, personal desire and
    communal responsibility.

It is the interdependence of relationships that
strikes at the heart of the challenge before us
as a faith community seeking to alleviate
domestic poverty. The effectiveness of our
engagement of each of the four elements we will
be developing is dependent upon our willingness
and capacity as a body to work for the common
good. And, it will be out of this mutual effort
that we become a place of refuge and healing for
all. The adapted model explores the dynamics
interacting between Servant Leadership, Christian
Discipleship, Partnership in Mission, and
Stewardship of Creation as categories that can
accommodate the summit categories of Vision,
Formation, Networking, and Advocacy.
  • Local/Contextual
  • Consultant
  • Corporate
  • Scripture
  • Reason
  • Tradition
  • Congregations
  • Agencies
  • Fund Partners
  • Time
  • Treasure
  • Talents

During the summit we arrived at these four
categories as organizing tools to aid us in our
conversation. We approached these categories
using language as follows
  • Vision to share the blessings we have for the
    good of the whole to remember who we are that
    we are infinitely valuable Children of God and
    to see the infinite value of the Child of God in
    each of our neighbors.
  • Formation to remember that as Christians we are
    a people of mission, not only overseas, but in
    our local context as well the scope of our work
    is not an either/or dichotomy.
  • Networking to assess, coordinate, and
    disseminate information about various outreach
    efforts and resources available or needed to
    alleviate poverty in its domestic context.
  • Advocacy to argue and insist on justice for the
    people of God and for creation and to break away
    from our history of charity models rather than

The summit assumed Eleven Essentials of Justice
  • Affordable Food
  • Employment
  • Affordable Quality Childcare
  • Education
  • Healthcare
  • A Just Immigration Policy
  • Cultural Affirmation
  • Equal Protection Under the Law
  • Economic Opportunity
  • A Healthy Environment
  • Housing

Partnership in Mission
  • The conversation on Networking at the summit
    called the Church to
  • Promote and develop improved collaboration among
    stakeholders through comprehensive database
  • Establish grant-writing partnerships
  • Promote ecumenical partnerships
  • Foster partnerships among grassroots empowerment
  • Partner through shared programs for leadership
  • Explore the financial requirements for funding
    such an initiative
  • Assure the placement of benchmarks and means for
  • Effective Partnerships are established when
    people and organizations unite in support of
  • common mission. As applied to the Model for
    Domestic Poverty Alleviation, such
  • partnerships represented at the summit would
    naturally bring together representatives of
  • our congregations, social service agencies, and
    our funding organizations. While each
  • organizational culture has its own particular
    interests and perceived mandates for
  • existing, in the context of the Church all three
    seek to serve Christ faithfully through their
  • ministry and the programs they offer.

Necessary Actions Steps for Implementation
  • Identify leadership to oversee each of the four
    focus areas and facilitate development.
  • Ask for buy-in from each of the organizations
    suggested, revise those listed if necessary.
  • Convene an initial gathering of the
  • Review comments from the summit event.1
  • Discuss how these four areas compliment one
    another and are interdependent.
  • Provide training for group interaction.
  • Establish measurable goals for each group for the
    period 2010-2018 based on the categories listed
    in the 11 Essentials of Justice presented during
    the summit event.
  • Form groups to develop general strategies to
    accomplish goals.
  • Form groups to develop timelines for monitoring
  • Develop consolidated list of measurable goals
    with timelines.
  • Introduce Native American response as a beta test
    group through which evaluation and revisions to
    the model can be made.

Necessary Actions Steps for Implementation
  • Convene Native American leadership from beta test
    group during 2010-2012.
  • Repeat step 3.
  • Establish budget to accomplish goals.
  • Test goals and timelines established by overall
    strategy team against those determined by beta
    test group.
  • Note variances and weigh importance of those
    variances to strategies.
  • Convene focus group leadership to receive Native
    American plan.
  • Initiate planning discussions with other target
    populations during 2011-2012 to design models.
  • Review contents from step 3.
  • Apply learning from Native American model.
  • Repeat step 6 for new target population.
  • Convene focus group leadership to receive new

Excellence in Ministry Recognition
Excellence in Ministry Recognition
  • Come, you that are blessed by my Father, inherit
    the kingdom prepared for you
  • from the foundation of the world for I was
    hungry and you gave me food, I was
  • thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was
    a stranger and you
  • welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me
    clothing, I was sick and you took
  • care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.
  • These familiar words from Matthews Gospel
    express our deepest desire of
  • how to serve God faithfully and responsively. Our
    ministries give shape and
  • form to that expression of desire. I would like
    to note that for each of us
  • excellence in ministry is a worthy pursuit. It is
    a worthy pursuit not because its
  • attainment somehow makes us better than others,
    but rather because we
  • uphold excellence as the very best that we have
    to offer. With this idea in mind
  • I would like to invite us to acknowledge the
    excellence that is happening around
  • us. I would like to invite each of you to look
    around and to consider where
  • excellence in Jubilee Ministry is happening as an
    expression of the best we
  • have to offer in service to Christ.

Excellence in Ministry Recognition
  • Specifically, I would like to invite you to make
    nominations for
  • Excellence in Ministry for the following three
  • Jubilee Ministries that are Congregationally
    driven (budget approved by Congregation)
  • Jubilee Ministries that are Institutionally
    driven (budget approved by Board of Directors)
  • Diocesan Jubilee Officers
  • Nomination forms for each category and a brief
    definition of each are
  • available on the webpage to guide you. It is my
    hope to announce
  • nominees for these recognitions at years end.
    Their stories will be
  • posted on the Jubilee Ministry web pages
    throughout 2010, so please
  • be sure to include photos. Once made, I hope you
    will take the
  • opportunity to also acknowledge these
    recognitions at your respective
  • 2010 Annual Diocesan Conventions

List three criteria you would use to select DJOs
and Jubilee Ministries throughout the Episcopal
Church for Excellence in Ministry recognition
  • Commitment to poor and oppressed. Willingness to
    network/share information and resources
  • DJOs increased number of Jubilee Ministries.
    Ministries recognition for impact on the
    community, e.g. those outcome measures
  • New approaches to outreach impact on the
    community demonstrated focus on being an
    advocate who works toward getting the Church to
    alleviate the needs identified
  • Partnerships beyond Episcopal churches
  • Jubilee Ministries for expanding healthy centers
    doing particular work in the areas of supporting
    the planting of new ministries domestically
    and/or internationally, and/or doing specific
    outstanding and innovative work in the areas of
    advocacy, lay empowerment, and/or evangelism.
    For DJO, someone who has a long successful record
    of growing and expanding centers as well as
    working on behalf of Jubilee in the church
  • Success in delivering service

List three criteria you would use to select DJOs
and Jubilee Ministries throughout the Episcopal
Church for Excellence in Ministry recognition
  • 3 points made
  • Does the program "teach people to fish"? Do the
    program leaders really want to go out of business
    some day? Or, does the staff need the clients
    more than the clients need the staff?
  • How well does the program support its volunteers'
    need for rest, renewal? Does the program
    intentionally seek to develop volunteers'
    capacity for compassionate caring as well as
    healthy self-care and appropriate boundaries?
  • Does the agency or program give any thought to
    redundancy in staffing, and succession planning
    of the leadership?
  • Expanded service per dollar spent innovation
    those not afraid of hot topics.
  • Involvement and vision for Jubilee Centers.
    Leadership in establishing centers with funding
    empowerment for lay involvement
  • Measurable outcomes successful models community
  • No comment here. This is hard for me to figure
    out how to hold up one ministry and not another
  • Persons with strong spiritual backgrounds,
    knowledge of communities, and experience working
    with diverse cultures
  • Walk the walk hands-on experience, articulate
    and aggressive

List three criteria you would use to select DJOs
and Jubilee Ministries throughout the Episcopal
Church for Excellence in Ministry recognition
  • Quality of program(s) -- impact, dignity w/ which
    they partner Number of people in TEC they impact
    by their work -- how connected are they? Are
    they organically connected to the parish/diocese?
    For DJO's, how well do they inspire, help create
    new centers, partner w/ the Network, etc.
  • DJO availability in the Diocese, ability to
    encourage into joyful ministry and believe in
    growth, expertise to help with goals. Jubilee
    Ministries Creativity, Joyful Growth,
    Involvement and investment of the congregation
    coming from their reason for being a church
    rooted in Christ.
  • Diocesan Profile of Center in your Diocese,
    letter from the bishop, number of times your are
    involved in national networks
  • 1. Creativity in working with congregations to
    help them become Jubilee-focused. 2. Evidence of
    working with Bishop(s) and other diocesan staff
    to increase understanding of and support for
    Jubilee. 3. Evidence of support for the
    development of new Jubilee programs.
  • Those ministries that provide programs that are
    not band-aids, but help to make a long-term
    difference. DJOs that are involved in helping
    their centers in whatever way possible.
    Innovative centers that could teach the rest of
    us something new.
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