What We Believe
We believe that evangelism is sharing the Good News of God’s transforming love in Jesus Christ. We believe that evangelism is rooted in the recognition that God is already present and active in the communities we engage, and that the evangelist’s job is to listen deeply to the stories that reveal this truth. From a place of mutual respect and understanding, an authentic Episcopal evangelism invites others into deeper life with God, whatever that may look like. This invitation carries with it the opportunity to heal old divisions and restore the church’s role in representing, first and foremost, God’s love for the world.
We invite you to share innovative proposals with us that explore one or more of the following:
- How to identify the Episcopal church, to society, as centered in Jesus’ Way of Love
- How to identify the Episcopal church, to society, as justice-focused
- How to embolden the cultural identity of non-dominant groups in their witness to Jesus
- How to engage church members in building relationships with any who are “other” to their context
- How to engage church members in receiving the gifts of all people in the service of God’s mission
- How to equip church members to invite others to engage the Good News of God’s restorative love in Jesus Christ.
EES Spot Grants
The pandemic of 2020 caused many EES grantees to postpone or cancel their grant work. Students in seminary communities and local formation programs faced unprecedented disruption to their plans. In April ’20, the EES Board designated funding for Spot Grants. These were $500 awards, for “on-the-spot” response to evangelism opportunities in pandemic. Spot Grants featured a streamlined application and approval process, and it was required that grant work was implemented in conformity to COVID-19 safety guidelines. We learned much about evangelism through the work of our grantees: even insights and practices that we hope will carry forward into the future. Click on the slide show to the left to see what grantees learned and did.
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