Saturday, March 5, 2011

Episcopal churches form new covenant

From Wisconsin

Central Wisconsin Episcopal churches are one step closer to finalizing a regional ministry that would provide stability amid aging congregations and tight budgets.

Representatives from seven area churches -- in Stevens Point, Wisconsin Rapids, Mosinee, Marshfield, Wausau, Merrill and Antigo -- drafted a mission statement and name for the group, the Episcopal Ministries of Central Wisconsin.

The mission statement lays out a commitment for the congregations to work together, but does not bind any one church to the group. Many of the details about how the regional ministry would work have yet to be determined, and not all churches are 100 percent sure of their roles.

"I think (the statement) envisions congregations will enter into this partnership at a level that is appropriate to them at this time," said the Rev. David Klutterman, rector of the Episcopal Church of St. John the Baptist in Wausau. "We've got energy to move forward."

The group of churches began exploring a regional ministry last year as a way to combine shrinking resources and create a solid foundation for the parishioners in the region. For example, there are only two full-time priests among the seven churches, so some churches receive the Eucharist only a few times a month.

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