The Organizing for Mission Network is a community of practitioners who are using the arts and skills of community organizing to develop and redevelop gospel-centric communities that act for the sake of the world. Our work includes working with communities to identify concerns within their context, research innovative solutions, and build power towards creating system change. We are rooted in neighborhoods, see ourselves as accountable to people before programs, and are working together to sharpen our analysis of the social/economic/political factors affecting our communities.
This group has made an explicit commitment to include participants who are far too often underrepresented in the life of the church including Black, Indigenous, People of Color, immigrants, refugees, LGBTQIA+ persons, and those whose housing is transitional. We are for organizing through the lens of anti-racism and the liberation of Black lives.
The Organizing for Mission Network has numerous avenues for connection, professional support, and training. We host monthly events, offer a dynamic 6-month community organizing training annually and hold contextual gatherings that are hosted by member congregations.
Values & Practices
We pursue interfaith organizing with integrity to the gospel. We see that Jesus acted like an organizer, galvanizing people around a shared Torah vision of an alternative society of justice and compassion he called the “kingdom of God.” People joined this Jesus movement because it made a material difference in the quality of their lives. Our gospel witness in collaboration with other faith traditions is to do the same in the communities we are called to serve. We are building a ecumenical movement of faith-filled institutions to create systemic change and equal outcomes around race and economics.
Power is relational
Organizing practice is a primary means for faith-filled community in action
Theology informs practice, practice informs theology
Your story, your joy, and your pain are important, as are the stories and pain of your neighbors
We hold a space for faith-filled leaders, both lay and professional, where transformation happens. Our training is deeply biblical, faith-filled, and relational. Our gatherings are deeply contextual and practical. We invite leaders of faith-full congregations, institutions, and organizing networks into a community of practice and transformation, creating systemic change and equal outcomes around race and economics. We form leaders to use powerful lenses of unlikely relationships, racial and economic equity, and place based accountability, so together we become and build lived realities of love and justice in the places where our congregations are rooted.
We gather once a year as a whole network and more often as geographic cohorts. Always, we are hosted by member institutions, and learn by experiencing a place together. We innovate, letting the tools of organizing influence ministry and vice versa. Our annual cycle is rooted in a five-day training on community organizing and congregational development.