Roanridge Trust Grant

Roanridge Trust Grant

Roanridge Trust Awards Grant For Diaconal Ministry Development

In late December Bishop Barry Beisner and Deacon Phina Borgeson received word that the diocese has once again received a grant from the Roanridge Trust, this time for diaconate and community ministry development in the Semper Virens Deanery.

The award of $7,050 will be used to bring trainers in community organizing and diaconal spirituality to work with a community of leaders from the congregations of the deanery.

The project continues the work begun by Borgeson and Archdeacon Cookie Clark last spring on discerning a call to diaconal ministry. Of the 16 persons who expressed interest a year ago, nine are continuing with the three year program which will enhance and integrate preparation for the diaconate or other significant community ministry leadership. Participants may pursue different formats for learning, such as EFM, on-line classes, Total Ministry team curriculum, independent study and the School for Deacons, but all come together five or six time a year for reflection and for sharing information about community ministry opportunities in the region. They also use phone and an email group to keep in touch and support one another in ministry.

Roanridge grants are competitive, and it is unusual for a diocese to receive one two years in a row as Northern California has. “I think we did [receive the grant] because we really do have a new and creative model for leadership development in small communities,” said Borgeson. “And certainly developing a community of community ministers in a deanery meets the five marks of mission of our Anglican Communion, another requirement of the grant application.”

Roanridge was a farm near the Kansas City airport where innovative training for small town and rural ministry was conducted. When the farm, donated by the Cochel family, was sold in the late seventies, the proceeds were invested. Interest continues to fund leadership development in the Episcopal Church. Last year a grant was awarded to the Belfry Lutheran-Episcopal ministry for volunteers working with the Yolo Interfaith Immigration Network and Children of the Fields.

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