Sustainable Mission

St. John’s is in the middle of a two-year journey to develop a clear roadmap aligning our congregational mission with our resources to ensure the sustainability of St. John’s well into the future.

This process began in April 2023 by revisiting foundational questions about St. John’s identity, purpose, and impact in the world. Through prayerful discernment, experimentation, and innovation, St. John’s is uncovering new possibilities. This journey is rooted in prayer, scripture and tradition, and shaped by St. John’s core values.

We recognize that how we commit ourselves to our mission, God’s mission, has changed over time.

We recognize that the culture and the environment we find ourselves in has changed over the decades.

We realize that traditional church financing models will not financially sustain us into the future.

We choose to recommit to our life as a congregation and to re-define our part in God’s ‘project’ to heal the whole world with LOVE.

We choose to realign our resources with this mission, now and into the future.

We embrace this opportunity in faith, love, and hope, and from the perspective of abundance.

We choose to listen for and follow the leading of the Spirit and to engage the whole congregation in the ministry of discovering Sustainable Mission at St. John’s.

Rena Turnham

Rena was hired in April 2023 in the newly created part-time staff position as the Minister for Sustainable Mission. Rena has a central role in helping St. John’s do the work of adaptive change toward missional and financial sustainability, assisting the Rector, Lisa Wiens Heinsohn, to lead St. John’s through a two-year period of prayerful discernment, curiosity, experimentation, innovation, and discovery, to chart a clear, concrete ‘map’ for congregational mission that is financially sustainable well into the future. 

Learn about Rena's role

The Core Team

The core team was formed in April 2023 to assist in leading this ministry. Meet the Sustainable Mission Team.

Learn about the team's role
Process Timeline

We have just moved into Phase II/Discovery, April 2024-February 2025. This is the time we begin to shape a shared vision, study financial projections based on different scenarios, assess our assets (‘people, property, and pennies’ and relational networks) and future financial outlays/commitments, and begin to hone in on the alternative financial models that would make the most sense for St. John’s—all the while continuing to experiment.  We are on target.

Prayer for Good Courage 

Lord God, you have called your servants to ventures of which we cannot see the ending, by paths as yet untrodden, through perils and joys unknown. Give us faith to go out with good courage, not knowing where we go but only that your hand is leading us and your love supporting us; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

This prayer was shared with us by the Rev. Kerri Meyer (Episcopal priest and Executive Director of Good Courage Farm) and has been amended to add joys.

How do I get involved?

There are many ways for congregation and community members to participate in the process of discovering sustainable mission at St. Johns. Some of these ways include prayer, surveys, town hall style meetings, interviews, community forums, and experimentations. 

How do I learn more?

To learn more about the ministry of Sustainable Mission, read the most recent project update.

How do I keep in the loop?

Subscribe to St. John’s eNews for updates and listen for announcements during Sunday morning worship. Questions or comments? Skills and gifts to share with the team? Please reach out to Rena Turnham, our Minister for Sustainable Mission, or any member of the team.