Outreach

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 2018 Synod Assembly

According to the bylaws of the SWPA Constitution, 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. This committee shall also relate to camps, campus ministries and educational institutions.”

In the past year, the committee has worked to understand and explore this charge, defining and clarifying the directives within it, all the while working to balance and understand the needs of the synod and its congregations. In an effort to vision in new ways, this past year the committee has been working on a number of initiatives:

  • Committing to be in intentional prayer and devotion by reading together and discussing regularly We Make the Road by Walking, by Brian McLaren
  • Exploring the idea of book studies and cohorts focusing on Outreach, Church renewal and Congregational revitalization for pastors, deacons and congregation leaders
  • Reviewing past articles and resources on the synod website in order to curate the information so it is more widely used
  • Engaging and encouraging coaching ministry as a part of our network of resources in our synod
  • Taking inventory of the people resources we have in our synod as they relate to experience with congregational renewal programs, ministry leadership and outreach initiatives and develop a process to share this information widely
  • Working with the Communication Services Committee and the Resource Center director to compile and collate information so it can be distributed in accessible forms.
  • Granting Open Door requests providing seed money for congregations and ministry organizations to try new mission initiatives in their communities
As the church changes, our ways of reaching out within and outside of our congregations are changing. We welcome and seek to invite others to join us in this committee that is exploring our understanding of church as it relates to our communities in new and exciting ways.


Respectfully submitted,

The Rev. Melissa L. Stoller, Acting Chairperson

Committee members

Chairperson: (vacancy)
Secretary: (vacancy)
Synod Council Representative: Susan Devine
Clergy:  Pastor Jim Engel; Pastor Christina Hough; Pastor Angela Smith; Pastor Joseph Murdy
Laypersons: Pat Hastings
Resource Persons: Myra Fozard
Staff: The Rev. Melissa L. Stoller, Assistant to the Bishop and Director of Evangelical Mission