ECF and Episcopal Church Building Fund Partner with the Diocese of Northwestern Pennsylvania
This pilot project will result in a process that will provide training, resources, and tools to help congregations address questions such as:
In addition to helping the participating congregations, this project will produce a model that is replicable, sustainable, and transformational, and can be used throughout the Episcopal Church.
“Too often in the church we minimize the role of buildings and grounds in our ministry,” noted the Rt. Rev. Sean Rowe, Bishop of the Diocese of Northwestern Pennsylvania. “This project will provide congregations with resources to discern how God is calling them to use buildings and grounds for Kingdom work. We hope to equip congregations to see their buildings and grounds as a catalyst for mission, and not a disproportionate drain of resources.”
ECF’s mission is to strengthen the leadership and financial capabilities of Episcopal communities of faith to pursue their mission and ministry; ECBF’s mission is to aid in the building, improvement, and repair of churches, rectories, parochial, and diocesan buildings by providing assistance in planning and loans, and to aid in the development of congregations through providing training, education, and resources. Together, they both are uniquely positioned to partner with the Diocese of Northwestern Pennsylvania in this pilot project to help congregations discern the use of buildings and grounds for mission and ministry.
This pilot project is the first step in ECBF’s plans to expand services to Episcopal congregations and dioceses across the
“We’ve worked with a number of congregations around the country that are trying to assess how to best utilize, and steward, what is their most valuable, but also their most costly, asset ,” remarked Donald V. Romanik, President of ECF. “And while the solutions vary in each instance, at the end of the day, congregations must discern what they are being called by God to do, and how they will get there. When they can answer these questions, there is a renewed sense of commitment to mission rather than to buildings.”
Work on this pilot project is already underway. For more information, please contact either the Episcopal Church Foundation or the Episcopal Church Building Fund.