Trinity is an vital, pioneering church whose strength lies
not only within its walls but also outside those walls, as the
church partners with other churches and organizations to do
God's work in the community. Thanks to such affiliations,
Trinity in the last two years has more than doubled its
capacity for community outreach.
Trinity is at the forefront of the growing movement for churches to
join forces with other organizations - including the national
church, the Anglican Church, other church denominations, local community leadership, local for profit and not-for-profits,
local city administration, national Episcopal organizations,
and more - to search for new and more relevant ways
of serving the local community.
It's a way of working successfully captured by Metro Theology, an initiative founded by Fr. Chip Graves that is an expansion on the idea of asset-based community development.
SYNERGY & REAL, RELEVANT RESULTS
With the Metro Theology model, a local church collaborates
with its city to develop ministries dealing with local challenges. Perhaps it is to fight drug addiction; to help the homeless; to
assist the unemployed or to better educate our children. This synergistic approach to serving the community not only results
n meaningful improvements in the community but also is an extension of the Christian call to love thy neighbor.
POWERED BY POSSIBILITY
Our affiliations allow us to expand our physical and
spiritual reach through:
This willingness to collaborate with others is outside the box
when it comes to how church affairs have traditionally been approached.
Until recently, the model was to work exclusively within one's own church and to protect the membership from the day-to-day details and decisions affecting the church.
Today this dated, clergy-centered approach has been replaced
by a philosophy that asks all church members - not just clergy
and lay leadership - to take responsibility for accepting
Christ's calls to his church.
In any given week, Trinity might be developing a new outreach ministry with not one but three, four or ten other churches. And it may happen that none of them are Episcopalian.
Collaborations in the arts may find us exploring new worship and music styles. Or tackling a local drug problem by producing a series of anti-addiction events with other churches, city officials, and not-for-profits.
IT TAKES A VILLAGE
Our affiliations energize and support our efforts to expand
Trinity's physical and spiritual reach. They reinforce our belief in the transformative power of reaching out to others. We are reminded daily that in the face of the sometimes overwhelming challenges churches face today, the old adage it takes a village is still as sound - and as profound - as ever..
The Anglican Communion
The Anglican Communion is
an international association of Christian churches that combines Catholic and Protestant
elements in teaching,
worship, and government.
CEEP'S mission is to
bring leaders from endowed parishes together to strengthen the development
and use of endowments for mission and ministry in our communities and in the world.
Gathering of Leaders
The GOL is a place for Episcopal leaders to come together to empower each other, deepen their skills as leaders, and clarify their understanding of God’s vision for the renewed