A new stewardship forum is the latest addition to The Community, the Anglican Church of Canada’s growing online conversation space. Called “Growing Good Stewards,” the forum supports people who cultivate generosity—whether personally or in their parishes.
“I think frankly [stewardship] has been thought of as people having their hand out. It’s a lot more than that,” said Glen Mitchell, forum leader and director of stewardship and gift development, Diocese of New Westminster.
In a recent post, Mr. Mitchell wonders how the symbolism of the Eucharist and the offering intertwine during a service. What does it mean to have our money right up there at the front of the church, with the bread and wine?
Seven stewardship experts from across Canada will lead forum conversations, including Kevin Smith, regional gift planning consultant in the Diocese of Eastern Newfoundland and Labrador, and Alex Parsons, diocesan stewardship/planned giving officer in the Diocese of Saskatoon.
All Canadian Anglicans are invited to join in, ask frank questions, and share stories—here and elsewhere in The Community.
Since its launch in February 2012, more than 20,000 people have visited The Community. The space now hosts 13 blogs, with the most popular addressing church life: children’s ministry, congregational development, and liturgy.
The Rev. Kyle Norman’s “Pop Culture Piety” blog has inspired the most comments on The Community, with his musings on tattoos, church branding, and reality TV.
Readers are increasingly sharing The Community’s content in their social spaces. One of the Rev. Dr. Jay Koyle’s recent posts—”Lent as metaphor and model for the church today”—was shared more than 80 times on Facebook.
The Rev. Jesse Dymond, online community coordinator, encourages readers to participate more in The Community.
“My hope is that alongside the growth we’ve seen in readership, we’ll continue to see growth in both contribution and discussion,” said Mr. Dymond.
“While Anglicans in many different dioceses are represented, I’d love to pull in voices from other parts of the country that can speak to unique ministry contexts.”
- Join the conversation in the new stewardship blog
- Check out The Community
- Contact the Rev. Jesse Dymond for more information about The Community
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