The 2017 Bishop’s Appeal campaign raised $161,836 in 2017, exceeding its budget goal of $150,000 by nearly 8%, announced the Rev. Shay Craig, associate for resource development. The campaign was conducted during Eastertide and Advent.
The Bishop’s Appeal provides funding for the bishop’s staff, which directs programs including the College for Congregational Development, Fierce Conversations, Project Resource, and other initiatives aimed at fostering congregational vitality. It also supports congregations during clergy transitions and other periods of change.
“In our diocese, sharing the light of Christ, the light of hope, is what I think of when I talk about transformational leadership,” wrote Bishop Lee in a December letter asking for contributions. “We see this leadership in all corners of our diocese. I have seen it in churches in this diocese where clergy and laity have made bold moves to let go of cherished buildings or ways of doing things to find new life, energy and purpose in ministries they could never have imagined before.”
In 2017, Craig began conducting the bulk of the campaign’s fundraising activity in the spring, since many congregations hold stewardship campaign in the fall. More than 70% the yearly total was raised by the beginning of June, she says.
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