“You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide.” (John 15:16)
The work of the Called By Name committee is to create a culture in our Niagara Diocese of leadership renewal and of raising up vocations, lay and ordained, in our younger generations.
We began with a day-long event in February 2018, meeting with about 15 young people identified from across the diocese.
We continue to follow up with this first group to offer support and resources, even as we look forward to our ongoing work.
To that end, we will continue working with our current church leadership to help us identify possible vocations in the 15-30 age range to be part of our 2019 cohort.
Most of us are leaders in our church because someone else saw something in us and named it. Your commitment to joining us in this calling of others is essential to what it means to be church.
As we invite new people to share with us in leadership, we are faithful to our own calling to share the Good News, and as new gifts are identified, new voices heard and new leaders equipped, we are blessed in return as we see and understand God’s love in new ways.
The Reverend Canon Martha Tatarnic is Rector of St. George’s St. Catharines.