The Jesus Movement
“Who we believe we are called to become”
Presiding Bishop Michael B. Curry stated, “Now is our time to go. To go into the world, let the world know that there is a God who loves us, a God who will not let go, and that that love can set us all free.”
He further stated, “This is the Jesus Movement, and we are the Episcopal Church, the Episcopal branch of Jesus’ movement in the world.”
We are the Delaware branch of the Jesus Movement, called to become a diocese growing toward reconciliation and inclusion. Our intent is to bridge divides, embrace differences, and seek mutual understanding. The twenty-first century provides many challenges for the Diocese of Delaware –- secularism, economic inequality, changing demographics, struggles with racial and gender equality and other sources of conflict and cultural division. These challenges provide opportunities for Delaware to become a home in which today’s people can find God. We believe we are called to become more missional, led by our Baptismal Covenant to build community, partnering with other churches and agencies around social issues such as addiction, poverty, and homelessness. We see advantage and opportunity in exploring our small size, big city/rural area, and diversity issues. We believe we are called to be a laboratory for innovation and scalable, achievable pilot projects that could be shared in other places in the wider church. We are called to be in touch with these realities. Our desire is to be adaptive, and to be intentional with the ways that we communicate and connect with each other and with others. We are called to reach people where they are. We commit to our sacramental and liturgical heritage, to be increasingly close knit as one body of Christ, and to cultivate the seeds of tomorrow’s church here in the Diocese of Delaware.
What is the Jesus Movement?
We’re following Jesus into loving, liberating and life-giving relationship with God, with each other and with the earth.
How do we join?
First, we follow Jesus. We are simply the Delaware branch of the Jesus Movement, seeking every day to love God with our whole heart, mind and soul, and to love our neighbors as ourselves (Matthew 22:36-40). Just like Jesus.
What’s our work?
We’re working on simple practices for each priority area – if it’s a Movement, then we should all be able to grasp the ideas and get on board. Then we’re mapping a strategy that inspires and equips all of us to join God and make a difference. The Jesus Movement takes you places. For the Episcopal Church in Delaware, it calls us to focus on three specific Jesus Movement Priorities:
EVANGELISM: Listen for Jesus’ movement in our lives and in the world. Give thanks. Proclaim and celebrate it! Invite the Spirit to do the rest.
- INSPIRE Episcopalians to embrace evangelism
- GATHER Episcopal evangelists
- EQUIP all to be evangelists
- SEND all as evangelists
RECONCILIATION: Embody the loving, liberating, life-giving way of Jesus with each other
- TELL the truth about church and race
- REWRITE the narrative
- FORM Episcopalians as reconcilers
- REPAIR & RESTORE institutions & society
CREATION CARE: Encounter and honor the face of God in creation
- DEVELOP creation care resources
- GROW local eco-ministries
- PURSUE eco-justice at church-wide and local levels
- CONVENE conversations around climate and faith