New Dreams - New Visions Announces Pilot Project
Three organizations have agreed to be the lead agencies for this effort: The Church Pension Group, The Episcopal Church Center, and the Episcopal Church Foundation (ECF). This group will also be working closely with the CREDO Institute and Fresh Start.
“The Episcopal Church as we know it is changing rapidly,” said Donald V. Romanik, President of ECF, coordinating agency for NDNV. “The increasing number of smaller congregations simply cannot sustain the same level of staff that may have been expected in the past. But that shouldn’t mean that they cannot remain healthy, vital and vibrant with a different model of dynamic lay leadership and clergy playing a different kind of leadership role.”
At a recent meeting of the Coordinating Committee, 5 dioceses were identified to participate in the pilot:
Tom Ely, Bishop of Vermont and an early supporter of the project, said, “I am very excited about the roll out of this innovative and collaborative initiative. Our lay leaders and clergy will benefit from a coordinated approach to what so many are facing. New Dreams-New Visions will help us address the challenges together, in a coordinated way, instead of trying to figure this out as 100 separate diocese.”
In addition to the pilot diocese, NDNV is made possible by the generous support of the Roanridge Trust, the Transitions Ministry Conference, the Diocese of Maine, the Diocese of Delaware, and the Diocese of Southern Virginia
For more information about NDNV, please contact the Rev. Canon Thaddeus Bennett at 802-863-3431or email Thadinvt@svcable.net.