Areas of Responsibility

The committee on Outreach is responsible for leadership and support of the Church as it reaches out to witness in this synod through evangelism, support of urban, small and rural ministries, Mission Partners program, resource "healing teams" (parish peacemakers), development of new ministries and new congregations, and mission strategy development.

Report to the 2017 Synod Assembly

For the 2016-17 year, the renewal team of the Committee on Outreach took time to discern how best to fulfill its mission: to aid in the renewal of existing congregations in our synod. We set specific goals:

  • Connect with congregations in our synod, listening to their stories while sharing what we offer; 
  • Lift up in prayer all the synod’s congregations and their ministries; 
  • Work with the Director for Evangelical Mission and the Synod Resource Center to identify the best resources for mission planning, outreach and renewal; 
  • Continue to offer mission visioning and planning support to congregations; 
  • Seek out potential leaders in our synod who have the gifts to assist in these efforts. 
In addition we continue to offer Opening Doors grants to provide limited seed money for congregations to try new mission projects to reach out and welcome in the community.

This year Myra Fozard began sitting in on our meetings to share her coaching work that fits well with the objectives of our group.

We offer many thanks for the direction and guidance that the Rev. Dr. Blair Morgan has given as our staff liaison and DEM. And we welcome the Rev. Melissa Stoller onboard as the new DEM and liaison.

As my two terms serving this committee come to an end, I give thanks to the members of this committee for the many gifts and shared commitment to evangelical mission.

Committee members

Chairperson: Pastor Robert F. Zimmerman
Secretary: Pastor Melba T. Dibble
Synod Council Representative: Susan Devine
Clergy:  Pastor Joseph Murdy; Pastor Karen Thompson
Laypersons: Keith Otto
Resource Persons: Myra Fozard, Pat Hastings
Staff: The Rev. Melissa L. Stoller, Assistant to the Bishop and Director of Evangelical Mission