Local Missions

Our Ministry & Team

Why do we support local missions?
Jesus said: "For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me...Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me." The Church of St. John the Divine states a core value as being generous and cheerful givers of our time, talent and treasure and utilizing gifts in service to others for local mission.
What is the Outreach Fund?
The Outreach Fund provides financial support to organizations that are spreading the love of Jesus Christ by addressing the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of our neighbors, doing God’s work in our city. The variety is incredible, stretching from infant formula to senior care, from summer camp for needy children to reducing prisoner recidivism, from inner-city Christ-based schools to universities and seminaries, from housing indigent adults to helping the mentally ill.
What is the role of the Outreach Committee?
The Outreach Committee advises the vestry by receiving, reviewing and prioritizing grant requests, evaluating the effectiveness of grant recipients in fulfilling their commitments to those they serve, and recommending funding amounts. The committee looks to the rector as a prime source of information on missions which warrant the their attention and study.

Our Mission

Every Christian is called to give sacrificially of the substance of his or her life in the service of others, including the whole of Christ’s body, the Church. With the advice of the outreach committee, the vestry supports those in need of assistance by using 10% of the pledge dollars SJD receives to fund grants to local mission partners. SJD also furnishes facilities and services that can bring people together to hear God’s Word, to celebrate and receive the Sacraments, to receive and carry forth into the world the ministry of reconciliation, and to know the joy of redeemed living.

 

The parish is also called to seek out those whose needs God is calling us to serve. SJD strives to support her members in their individual callings as uniquely gifted ministers and seeks to identify others, not of our own fold, whose ministries can be strengthened and extended with our financial aid.