2012 Mission Funding Partnership

2012 Mission Funding Form

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

In Ephesians 2:10 we find powerful words proclaiming our identity and calling: “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to devote ourselves to the good deeds for which God has designed us.” As individuals, as congregations, as a presbytery, and as a denomination, this is true—we have been carefully, lovingly fashioned by God and called to ministry together—called to great ministry that God has prepared for us!

As we live into this great calling, how exciting it is to understand – not just in our heads, but deep in our corporate bones – that we are indeed partners in ministry. We are a presbytery of 69 lively, uniquely gifted congregations. Our calling as a presbytery is to work together to encourage each church’s call to ministry and mission. This is the heart of our connectional nature as Presbyterians.

In the past year, we as a presbytery have taken bold steps to grow into this ministry. More than ever before, Mission & Advocacy and Congregational Development are encouraging mission that emanates from congregations, seeking to connect mission giving with hands-on opportunities. A key ingredient to this initiative is our partnership in ministry. Our ability to work together and yet to answer the call of our respective ministries is a unique gift that emerges when we put the work of the church above church work. Together we can have an impact on the lives of more people: those beyond our church attendees, individual communities, and organizational liaisons.

As a presbytery, we are keenly aware that the success and health of each individual church has an impact on the success and health of our presbytery as a whole.

As your Session undertakes the holy work of discerning how God is calling your church to use its resources for the coming year, please remember your brothers and sisters in this presbytery and in the larger church by paying your per capita and by making a generous gift to Presbyterian Mission. As the body of Christ, we can do far more to bring in God’s beloved community by working together than we ever could alone.

Together We Serve,

New Ideas for Stewardship – Part 1

Jim Renfrew has used the concept of a “narrative budget” at his church. These skits to promote their stewardship program by introducing the narrative budget concept and and explaining theirs.

Synod Mission Interpretation Bulletin Insert

We are grateful to Bloomfield College for making available to us a bulletin insert to e-shared with presbyteries and their congregations in order to help us appreciate the quality and depth of this unique Presbyterian-related undergraduate education witness within the Synod of the Northeast. Bloomfield College (located in Bloomfield, NJ, Newark Presbytery) is the only Presbyterian-related college within the bounds of the Synod of the Northeast. It offers dynamic and modern educational programs to young men and women who make a difference in the world when they leave its hallowed halls.