Called to Lives of Meaning and Purpose, an Initiative of the Center for Congregational Resources
The center is pleased to announce it has received a $1.5 million grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. to develop a plan to help congregations and their participants discover and claim their Christian callings.
The center will broaden its mission to help churches better respond to those in their congregations facing career transitions and to help their young people explore their callings and pursue forms of work and community life that help them live with joy and purpose.
The center has developed an "innovation hub" team consisting of a project coordinator and four resource strategists. This team will recruit and resource 24 congregations from a variety of denominations to design or strengthen ministries that help members explore and express their callings.
Sixteen congregations will be a part of the first group of learning communities. These congregations will be organized into four peer learning groups, each representing a particular faith tradition.
These groups will create an environment for sharing common resources on scripture, faith tradition and liturgy. They will also learn to identify and interpret individual and corporate calling and giftedness. The concept of calling applies to both individuals as well as congregations. What might be a congregation’s calling? What resources could be used by each to explore this important question?
These congregations will also be eligible to receive grant funding for use in support of their work and to implement initiatives they develop for use with their congregations.
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- Auburn First Baptist Church, Auburn
- Baptist Church of the Covenant, Birmingham
- Bethel Baptist Church, Bessemer
- Fayette First United Methodist Church, Fayette
- Grace Presbyterian, Tuscaloosa
- Grace, a United Methodist Congregation, Birmingham
- Immanuel Presbyterian, Montgomery
- Shades Valley Presbyterian, Birmingham
- St. Simon Peter Episcopal, Pell City
- Trinity Episcopal, Florence
- Trinity One Zion United AME Zion