Our Mission Partnerships in Monroe County and in the Region
Our congregation works as a mission partner in local ministries that have become especially important to us, including the Community Kitchen of Monroe County, Earth Care, Hoosier Interfaith Power and Light, the Interfaith Winter Shelter, Middle Way House, the New Hope Family Shelter, and Monroe County United Ministries. This list of the congregation’s local and regional mission partnerships is only part of the story of of our deep involvement with doing justice and loving kindness here in Monroe County. As individuals, members of St. Thomas are serving many ways throughout Monroe County. We emphasize the ministry that every person is called to do–what Martin Luther called the “priesthood of all believers.” Mission and ministry are part of the life of the whole community of believers at St. Thomas, and God has granted faithful growth in our shared work in service, healing, creation care, solidarity, justice, and advocacy.
We are a “permission-giving” congregation, trusting the work of the Holy Spirit among us. Members who are moved to do some particular ministry or support a cause or even share an interest are invited to seek out others to collaborate in that work, rather than having to seek permission from some group with authority to control ministry. Authority resides in the Word of God, not in person or position, status or standing. Often, these small groups become one of our spiritual growth groups, gathered by a shared vision and meeting for Bible study, sharing, and mission. Their mission work is supported by the congregation through our Mission Endowment Fund.