The Episcopal Church Proposed Budget for 2013-2015 has proposed a 90% cut to the Formation and Vocation Ministries Team which includes the offices for Youth, Young Adults, Campus Ministry, and Lifelong Christian Formation, including Children’s Ministries. To help the Church understand the real implications of what this budget means, we have looked through the Formation and Vocation Reports to Executive Council over the last 2.5 years, and pulled together the lists below. While it does not represent each minute detail, it does represent the immense and broad work that these offices do each triennium. We invite you to take some time to look closely at each bullet point and consider if that piece of the budget goes away, what will it mean for the children, youth, campus ministries, and young adults throughout the church.
Formation and Vocation Office: General
- Partnering and Collaborating with Forma (formerly NAECED)
- General Convention Youth, Young Adult, and Children’s programming and presence
- Formation and Vocation Newsletters and resources
- Building the Continuum Summit work with Episcopal Camps and Conference Centers
- Collaboration on resources such as the work done with Doctrine of Discovery
- Joint Network meetings to discuss and collaborate with one another across the age ranges: Children, Youth, Young Adults, Adults and Older Adult ministries
- Social Media presence
- Blogs and Web presence
- Ecumenical Partnerships
- Newsletters and Communication from the Denominational Staff about formation, resources, events, people, etc.
- Support and Networking with Diocese and Provinces
- Episcopal Generations initiative to bridge the gaps to work toward evangelism and mission as the Body of Christ
- Ministry on behalf of young people and the Episcopal Church grounded in the Five Marks of Mission in order to keep moving forward with intentionality in mission through outreach and evangelism.
- Building relationships, connecting and resourcing with those responsible for Youth Ministry and Lifelong Christian Formation and Vocation
- Meeting with Youth Ministry networks at the Provincial and Diocesan levels, and with affiliated organizations such as Forma (formerly the National Association for Episcopal Christian Education Directors – NAECED) and our seminaries working on continuing education for Lifelong Christian Formation volunteers and professionals
- Episcopal Youth Event
- mentoring leadership with youth on EYE Mission Planning Team
- giving church wide exposure to youth who may not have experienced richness of our diversity in their local faith community context
- developing follow-up resources from keynotes and workshops
- establishing personal connections for future mission and ministry
- Doing something big together to make an impact in the church and in the world (gifts to ERD, Haiti, UTO & Habitat for Humanity)