Doing God's Work
Through ministry we express God’s reconciling love in Christ to the world. This takes place within and outside the faith community, in both modest and expansive efforts, utilizing the gifts and devotion of all members of the church. All members of the church, whether lay member or clergy, share a common call in ministry: to represent Christ and his Church.
The final three questions of the Baptismal Covenant encapsulate this call:
Will you proclaim by word and example the Good News of God in Christ?
Will you seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving your neighbor as yourself?
Will you strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being?
We strive to fulfill this call through our formation programs for children, youth and adults, and leadership development workshops; through our efforts to strengthen and revitalize congregations; through our outreach to homeless and hungry persons, and to the sick, homebound and persons living with disabilities; through our support, locally and globally, for relief and development programs, and our advocacy for peace and justice; and through our enrichment of our worship.
Through ministry we engage God’s mission: to restore all people to unity with God and each other in Christ.
The Episcopal Church is also known as the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society, and holds that all believers are called to embody and enact Christ's mission in the world. This video produced by the Episcopal Church reminds us that "we are all missionaries":
“Members of this diocese of all ages serve Christ feeding the hungry, sheltering the homeless, building and rehabbing houses, visiting and leading worship in nursing homes and extended care facilities, tutoring children, and hosting after-school programs. As I make my Sunday visitations and visits with clergy vestry and lay leaders, I am energized and proud of the hard work being done in and by our congregations, their clergy and members.”
~Bishop Steven Miller, 2009 Convention Address