Resources and Networking
These Resources are meant to enhance the important work being done in our parishes, our communities and New Hampshire.
Addiction and Recovery
The Episcopal Church of NH's Recovery Ministry group has compiled a resource list for clergy, lay leaders and our wider community who may need addiction, treatment and recovery resources. These can be found HERE.
The Episcopal Church of NH and Grace Episcopal Church, East Concord are launching Assisi House, a residential service learning program. Applications and more information at www.escnh.org.
Clergy Resources, like Transition opportunities, Clergy Development, Events, Continuing Education and more can be found at the For Clergy section of our website.
We are building a “bank” of shared resources and ideas from across our parishes and throughout the Church. Please add your ideas by contacting Laura Simoes at lsimoes@nhepiscopal.
Cycles of Prayer
Both NH and Anglican Cycles of Prayer can be found on Bishop Hirschfeld's page on this site.
Diocesan Advance Fund (DAF) and Sustainability Grant
The Mission Resources Committee, a committee of Diocesan Council, administers grants to congregations actively growing their mission, funded directly from the annual Diocesan budget.
Mission grants are given in support of a new or existing ministry. Because grants typically decline over time, development of a plan for financial self-sufficiency is expected. These grants are awarded throughout the year, as long as funds are available.
Fair Share adjustment grants are requested by congregations who determine that they are unable to meet their full asking for a particular calendar year. This application is January 31st, and congregations will be invited to meet with the committee—and other churches making requests—as part of the discernment. Grants are awarded in mid-March and are presented to Diocesan Council for approval.
The committee is made up of approximately 8 members, lay and ordained, appointed by the Bishop. Members may serve as liaisons to granted congregations, helping to foster a relationship between the congregation and the Diocese, and providing a conduit to other resources available from the Diocese.
Mutual Ministry Review
Planning for ministry, doing the work, and reviewing or re- flecting on what we have done constitutes the mutual ministry cycle. This introduction to the guide describes the cycle, connects it to Scripture, and provides an overview of crucial steps for its implementation. The balance of the guide focuses on the review aspect of the cycle, because it has been the source of so much conflict and lost opportunity. To learn more, the "Living into our Ministries" by Vital Practices is a guide and workbook.
Our Kids Youth Commission
Guided by Robert Putnam's findings in his book Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis, the Our Kids Commission of the Episcopal Church of New Hampshire is committed to helping our congregations step into the "Opportunity Gap" for low-income and vulnerable children and their families in the state of New Hampshire. The Bishop’s “charge” to the Commission is “to find and serve the Child Jesus in our communities by helping congregations move away from asking “how can we get more young people from our community in the doors of our church?” to “how can we go out the doors of our church to serve the needs of young people in our communities?” His goal is to create an easier “on ramp” for committed people in our churches to serve all our children as tutors, mentors, and advocates.
Grants are available to congregations to develop, expand, or explore programs that will address the Opportunity Gap.
Vestry Resource Guide
Vital Practices publishes the Vestry Papers, a regularly published resource for Vestry members, including topics related to training, stewardship, finance and service.
The Episcopal Church Foundation's Vital Practices offers vestry members and other people of faith, resources and tools to respond to the changing needs of the Church. Vital Practices explores new ways of supporting congregations by building online communities of Episcopalians who share their stories, experiences, and best practices, who learn from one another, and who discover support to help sustain their leadership and their ministries. It includes articles by experts and peers, blogs for sharing ideas about faith and leadership, stories about real life lessons of change and leadership, tools for stewardship, communications, and opportunities for you to share your stories and examples.
Tending the Vine Graphic Identity
The graphic identity colors for reproduction are as follows: Blue PMS 302, Red PMS 1797, and Green PMS 7731.
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