Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.
1 Thessalonians 5:11
We are pleased to announce the 5 congregations that have accepted the invitation to join the third and final cohort of the diocese’s Tending Our Soil Thriving Congregations Initiative.
- Christ Church, Chaptico
- Grace Church, Georgetown
- All Souls, DC
- St. Philip’s, Laurel
- St. Luke’s, DC
Made possible by a $1 million grant from the Lilly Endowment, Tending Our Soil is a three-year commitment that leads congregations through a process of deep reflection, strategic goal setting, and experimentation. Congregations clarify their mission and vision, listen to where the Holy Spirit is calling them, and grow in their understanding of how best to contribute to the flourishing of their communities and the world.
As with the first two classes in the Tending Our Soil initiative, coaches will accompany the final class on their journey of congregational revitalization. The coaching process provides space for each parish team to identify learnings, expand possibilities, name action items, experiment, gain support, and build accountability. We are pleased to announce that Anne Tomkinson and Lanita Whitehurst have accepted the invitation to serve as coaches for the Tending Our Soil initiative.
We invite you to pray for the congregations and coaches of the Class of 2023.
If you have questions about Tending Our Soil, contact the Rev. Emily Snowden, Missioner for Church Revitalization