Christ the Redeemer Anglican Church (CTR) recognizes that God calls all Christians to participate in the mission of His church. The Vestry of Christ the Redeemer has shown its commitment to this vision by steadfastly honoring their decision to dedicate 20% of the annual budget (and all wills and bequests) to the outreach of CTR locally, regionally, and beyond.
The outreach ministry is directed by the Executive Outreach Team (EOT) responsible to the Vestry for overall policy and financial decisions. Task Forces direct and communicate with specific outreach projects, missions, or missionaries.
Highlights for the 2012-2013 year included Ana Reid and Jack Melvin beginning their mission work in Honduras; support of Crossroads Church, a new church plant under the able leadership of Fr. Nate Baxter and the Rev. Kristen Yates in Salem, MA; the acceptance of the request of Dr. Joshua Harper that we be his sponsoring parish (Josh has been approved as a missionary with the Sudan Interior Mission and awaits confirmation of his position as teacher of theology at the African Graduate School of Theology, Nairobi, Kenya.); the offer of a matching grant of for the purchase and installation of a new electronic sign for the church; the various fundraising activities to support short-term missions and other outreach projects outside those budgeted (pizza lunches, “Fixits”, etc.); a short-term mission trip to Uganda and South Sudan will take place October 27-November 7 and one to Bolivia in 2014 as well.
The EOT has five members with three constituting a quorum. Terms of office are three years renewable for a further two terms after which a member must be off for at least one term. Current members are Aaron Mahnke (Chair), Gloria Liias (Communication Secretary), Lillian Harper (Recording Secretary), Scott Ames (Treasurer), and at large, Kathy Bourgault, Linda Dube, Rebecca Gosnell, Jake Kreyling, Alex Miller, and Fr. Malcolm Reid.
The responsibilities of the Executive Outreach Team are to:
- Pray consistently for the outreach of Christ the Redeemer
- Ensure that there are many opportunities offered within the parish to support with prayer the outreach and evangelism efforts of Christ the Redeemer
- Advocate with senior church staff for outreach efforts and exposure and to ensure that such efforts are properly advertised and resourced
- Convene meetings at least once a year with the chairs of all Task Forces to receive reports of their work and to consult on priorities, new initiatives, or difficulties
- Determine ongoing and future financial allocations in balanced accord with the guiding principles
- Re-evaluate and balance the current outreach budget in accord with the guiding principles
- Evaluate the current commitment of a particular percentage of Christ the Redeemer’s budget to see if it is adequate for supporting the vision and hopes of the parish and Rector
- Ensure that the ongoing work of each Task Force is communicated to the parish through the website, occasional bulletins, mission minutes, and other appropriate means
- Determine, clarify, and articulate the guiding principles of outreach at Christ the Redeemer
The guiding principles are:
- We primarily, but not exclusively, support Anglican Missions
- We concentrate on developing a few long term substantial relationships both in terms of people and financial support
- We mainly, though not exclusively, choose projects where there is, or can be, a substantial involvement by members of the parish
- We will support a mission, missionary, or project up to no more than 30% of its total budget
- Every major supported mission, missionary, or project must have a task force of at least two members
- Mission agencies, missionaries, or other entities that do not provide a report of how our funding has been used in a given year will not be continued in the following year