How do we define a successful congregational partnership? (Meaningful…
How do we define a successful congregational partnership?
Completion of a project
submission of grant application
Participate in advocacy (letter writing etc.)
Organize a public event / ceremony celebrating completion of project.
Congregation used our Toolkit and/or other resources to build awareness within their community.
Leads a sermon about watershed stewardship and alerts us to it
When congregations mentor other congregations
When a congregation donates to us
Inkind donation: Space for Events
Letters of Support
Financial gifts/Sunday collections
Congregations look for us, rather than the other way around
Inviting IPC to present
Asking us for Resources
Project Blessings, Prayers, Environmental Liturgies
A main point of contact joins our email list
Contacting IPC for answers to watershed questions
IPC acts as a connector to the technical partner best suited for the congregation's need
Congregations promote IPC's work beyond themselves
When member congregations bring in other congregations
When congregations or denominations mention our work in their communication
IPC staff able to dedicate time and energy into relationship-building.
More funding for Program development
multi-year programs are more successful
Baltimore work is driven by NGOs, not the government, so people are more inclined to engage than in PG County where it is largely driven by County goals
Staff able to offer Plan of Action that includes several steps that congregations can take
Strong Congregational Leaders Support Environmental Work
Green Ministry is established and supported at the congregation
Spiritual Leader is "in the choir"
When leaders are protective of IPC (Dick Williams)