What is the Greening Congregations Program?
The Greening Congregations Program offers a partnership with Earth Ministry and a flexible strategy for engaging your faith community in creation-care efforts. Earth Ministry supports your congregation as you envision and celebrate the “greening” of many different areas of your church’s life.
Earth Ministry’s Greening Congregations program was the first of its kind in the nation and has helped scores of churches foster an awareness of caring for creation. Participating congregations are assisted through a process of articulating and implementing their greening mission, which is celebrated with a banner to be displayed in your church. Ongoing support for greening efforts includes an annual adult education led by an Earth Ministry presenter, an in-person staff consultation, bi-annual congregational gatherings for networking with other faith communities, and an official annual review of your greening activities.
Who can participate in the Greening Congregations Program?
Earth Ministry invites any member congregation to engage in this program. For congregations outside of the Northwest, it is difficult to send in-person staff support, but we do provide plentiful resources and remain in communication by phone and email.
What are the benefits of this partnership with Earth Ministry?
Earth Ministry has designed an application process that is accessible and easy to follow, complete with templates for required documents (see below). We supply multiple resources for green teams, both online and through staff support. See our resources for a list of great online and print materials, including our Greening Toolkit, Earth Ministry publications, and worship aids. Staff support is offered in the Northwest by phone or email and through in-person consultations and adult educations. Earth Ministry also organizes annual networking opportunities for Greening Congregations to share their projects, events, and plans with one another.
This program sounds perfect for my congregation! How do we get started?
The application process is laid out in the Greening Congregations Process, which outlines step-by-step how to get started on the path to implementing more sustainable practices in your house of worship.
How do I learn more?
Please contact us anytime with questions or to learn more about this great opportunity for your congregation. We can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or during our office hours, Monday through Friday between 9am and 5pm, at (206) 632-2426.