Bishop Catherine Waynick and Canon to the Ordinary, Bruce Gray, recently announced the appointment of Good Samaritan (Brownsburg), St. Alban’s (Indianapolis), St. John’s (Speedway) and Trinity (Lawrenceburg) as the Pathways to Vitality Pilot Parishes.
The goal of the Pathways’ Pilot Parish initiative is to assist these congregations in achieving enhanced sustainability by identifying their unique ministries, building vital congregational teams and developing practical financial and administrative skills.
Funded by Lilly Endowment Inc., representatives from the Pilot Parishes will have an immersive learning experience consisting of an opening retreat, a series of workshops and small group meetings over the course of 18 months starting this summer.
“This peer-learning model is based upon action and reflection providing participants with the opportunity to intentionally integrate lessons into their congregational lives,” according to Rev. Dr. Carol Pinkham Oak, Pathways Curricula Consultant.
The central-Indiana Pilot Parishes also will host a curate residency program for Diocesan postulant, Erin Hougland, according to Canon Gray. “This residency program will provide Erin with priestly formation and leadership opportunities giving her the confidence and skills necessary for future parish ministry.”
According to Pathways Program Director, Melissa Hickman, the lessons learned from the work of the Pilot Parishes may be adapted and enhanced for other congregations in the future. “We believe the experiences of these parishes will help the Diocese create more transformative programming that supports sustainability, vitality, and innovation in our congregations and in our diocese.”
One of the group exercises with kids at Good Samaritan, Brownsburg, is stacking Solo cups! (That’s quite an impressive build!)
Kids at Good Samaritan, Brownsburg, had a special program of activities around the Baptism of Jesus, including a sharing of light candle lighting and an art project.
Thursday night, October 27 at Christ Church Cathedral Indianapolis, Good Samaritan Episcopal Church, Brownsburg was formally recognized and welcomed as an official mission of the Diocese during the 179th Diocesan Convention.
Good Samaritan, Brownsburg, prepared for its official Launch Day by offering random acts of kindness in their community—treating 48 unsuspecting motorists to free gasoline and inviting them to attend the launch!
Good Samaritan, Brownsburg, just celebrated Launch Day as our newest church. See more on Facebook. #thechurchthatserves
Spark 2 Serve kids at Good Samaritan, Brownsburg, created a pledge about using their hands to serve others.
The Rev. Dr. Gray Lesesne, Good Samaritan, Brownsburg, and the Rev. Sarah Ginolfi, St. Paul’s, Indianapolis, are a part of a small ecumenical peer group of Indiana church planters receiving a $10,000 grant from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary’s College of Pastoral Leaders. Over the coming two years, they will be continuing on a journey as College of Pastoral Leader Cohorts—church leaders committed to learning in community for their own flourishing in ministry for the sake of the Gospel.
According to their purpose statement, “We are six mainline clergy who have accepted God’s call to become harvesters of a new crop as we plant, redevelop, and form new Christian communities of creativity, justice, transformation, and hope in the Hoosier State. Our tiny seedlings are now bearing the first hints of green in the cornfields of Indiana. We seek to grow our own inner spirituality so that we might have deep roots to produce an abundant harvest. Our colleague group has been gathering since June 2015 to share our ministry successes and challenges, to explore what it means to create new communities that are both sustainable and innovative, and to support each other. In the midst of our conversations, we have discovered that what we most deeply need for this exciting, but all-consuming work is nourishment for our souls.”