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Now available online: Episcopal Church 2009 Mission and Resources Report

June 8, 2010

"A Report of Mission and Resources ‘09 of The Episcopal Church," focusing on the mission and programs of the Church Center, is now available online at:

The online Annual Report details the work accomplished through the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society (DFMS) budget throughout 2009. The Annual Report is introduced by Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori and divided into three main areas: Organizational Updates, Financial Reports, and Multimedia.

"I encourage your close examination of this," Presiding Bishop Jefferts Schori invites viewers. "You"ll find interesting stories and remarkable facts."

Organizational Updates

Updates of the vast areas of mission and ministry work are presented in narrative fashion under Organizational Updates. These areas include:

  • The Presiding Bishop's Office

  • The Office of the General Convention

  • The Office of Mission Funding

  • The Advocacy Center

  • The Mission Leadership Center

  • The Evangelism and Congregational Life Center

  • The Partnerships Center

  • The Office of Communication

  • Office of Finance

  • Administration

Among the facts about 2009 shared in the Mission Annual Report:

  • Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori has visited over 80 percent of the dioceses throughout The Episcopal Church.

  • The General Convention office successfully produced and supported the logistics, volunteers, legislative process and publications of the 76th General Convention in Anaheim, CA.

  • Mission Funding has raised and/or received commitments for $1.5 million.

  • The Office of Government Relations met with the Obama Transition Team on various issues and then with White House and other government officials.

  • The Church Planting office assisted diocesan leadership in San Joaquin and Fort Worth.

  • The Evangelism Office partnered with Church Planting to offer assistance to new church starts.

  • Episcopal Migration Ministries worked with local dioceses engaged in refugee resettlement.

  • The Cancionero project evaluated over 800 Latino songs for publication.

  • Ethnic Ministries Officers developed a multi-media resource on Cultural Diversity.

  • A new resource for faith formation was established to meet the needs of Armed Services members and families.

  • Thirteen Young Adult Service Corps volunteers are located in Hong Kong, Colombia, South Africa, The Philippines, Japan, Ecuador and Haiti.

  • Significant international work in mission and ministry was posted.

  • The Office of Communication launched as a place to share video stories.

  • The program areas of the Episcopal Church website were redesigned.

  • Social media strategy and efforts were instituted, which included Facebook, Twitter, and Wikipedia monitoring.

  • The Office of Finance streamlined the grant and scholarship application process.

  • Land was purchased in Austin TX for the Archives.

  • Operational and administrative costs were significantly reduced.

Financial Reports

The Finance section includes the complete 2009 financial information and data presented in detailed, easy-to-read manner.


The Multimedia area features a series of videos.

Jubilee, produced by the Office of Communication, features the transformational work of Jubilee Park in Dallas, TX.

I Am Episcopalian is comprised of vignettes of Episcopalians of all ages, all walks of life, and all ethnicities sharing their personal connections with The Episcopal Church. is produced by the Office of Communication.

General Convention 2009, produced by the Office of Communication, shows the final roundup of video reports from the 76th General Convention of the Episcopal Church that was held in Anaheim, CA, July 8-17, 2009.

Episcopal Migration Ministries videos tell the poignant stories of resettled refugees. The videos were produced by the Office of Communication.

Native American/Indigenous Ministries focuses on poverty and faith in South Dakota.

Environmental/Economic Affairs examines how issues of economic, social, and environmental justice often come together.

Bishop Christopher Epting"s appearance on CNN.

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Nancy Cox Davidge
Public Affairs Officer