Enflamed by the Spirit of God, the mission of the Southwestern Washington Synod Outreach Board is to…
- Enable new mission starts,
- Empower the renewal of congregations, and
- Educate the people of God for mission
Enabling new mission starts is really an exercise in active listening. The primary calling for beginning a new ministry comes to local people. A group catches a vision for ministry and the Holy Spirit fans their energy and passion moving forward. The Outreach Board exists to listen to the vision of the people and to help these new ministries through prayer, training, resources and financial means when possible.
Empowering the renewal of existing congregations is an ongoing process. We are interested in encouraging every congregation to follow the leading of the Holy Spirit and move in the directions where they have the most energy. Our congregations are vibrant places of ministry to members; our goal is to encourage congregations to continue existing outreach ministries and to look to their communities to share the gospel in new ways with those around them.
Educating the people of God for mission is as simple as encouraging them to tell those around them that Jesus loves them. But educating also involves giving people tools and resources for the conversations and relationships that follow. We hold training events and workshops at various times across the synod to help people begin and continue their answer to God’s call to mission in their lives.
Finally, in order to enable, empower, and educate, the Outreach Board is in partnership with many congregations, institutions, and individuals across the synod to provide funding for new and existing ministries. Through 1000 Mission Friends, Mission Endowment Fund, and general giving to the SWWA synod, the Outreach Board receives money to use to support new mission starts and congregations in renewal.
Outreach Board Members
Rev. Kent Shane - Chair
Mr. Mike Bena
Rev. Nina Body
Ms. Leesa Bowie
Ms. Teresa Jackson
Rev. Mark Johnson
Rev. Doug Knutson-Keller
Rev. Peter Mohr
Rev. Valinda Morse
Mr. James Reddick- Synod Council Rep
Rev. Melanie Wallschlaeger
Rev. Eric Wangen-Hoch
Rev. Eugene Wiegman