Frequently Asked Questions
How much does it cost?
The training fee is $800 per team for Episcopal parishes in the Diocese of Massachusetts. For all other groups, the fee is $1,200. This cost includes trainers, coaching, events (including food), and materials. The fee must be paid by the January training.
LDI is grateful for the generosity of its grantors and donors which allows it to offer this resource at such a reasonable rate. The actual cost for this program is $3,500/team. Due to the generosity of ECM, the Diocese, and the gifts of private individuals, the cost is subsidized for participants.
What is the purpose of the Spring Mission Campaign?
The purpose of this campaign is twofold: 1) To address a real, urgent, measurable need in the community; 2) to engage the leadership tools that teams are learning in real-time.
What makes for a strong campaign?
Broadly, LDI would like all mission campaigns to be: a crucible of leadership formation (for individuals, teams and communities); an incarnation of transformative community; an organic, local expression of the need in a neighborhood (food justice, housing, relationship-building etc).
The campaigns that have succeed in these areas have had strategic goals that:
- have specific, challenging, realistic, fun outcomes
- connect with individual and group values
- require asking others outside the church to join in the work
- focus on justice/service in the community, rather than church growth as the primary focus
How is LDI different from other faith-based organizing groups, such as Greater Boston Interfaith Organization (GBIO)?
LDI has tremendous respect for GBIO, PICO, MCAN and other faith-based organizing groups. LDI shares with these organizations a commitment to social justice and similar leadership practices adapted from the world of community organizing. Whereas other groups’ main focus is on developing power to fight for social justice across congregations, LDI’s primary focus is on strengthening lay leaders and teams in congregations and other Christian groups. Therefore LDI participants remain on parish or group teams while in LDI and design separate projects in their local communities. LDI measures its success as much by the outcomes of the teams’ projects as it does by teams reporting a new found sense of possibility, and greater capacity in making change in their churches and neighborhoods.
My parish wasn’t able to attend the Discerning a Collective Call to Action Event – can we still apply?
Yes, but you’ll want to read the information in our application thoroughly to ensure best chances of success for acceptance. You may also want to get in touch with Isaac Martinez or another LDI Team member to discuss your mission project idea and your organizing statement.
Do I have to be clergy to apply? Do I have to be a vestry-member?
No. Anyone from any parish can apply. If you’re a lay-person excited about working with LDI, LDI recommends that you speak with your warden or priest about your idea first.
How are parish teams chosen for work with LDI?
LDI chooses applications based on specific criteria. The criteria are listed at the top of the application to ensure all parishes equal opportunity for application acceptance. Some examples of criteria include: teams that are missionally-oriented, flexible and ready-to-learn and a recent demonstrated capacity for growth/change.
What if my parish really wants to participate in LDI, but our team is smaller than 4 people?
Send your application anyway – each team is unique, but a small team will face challenges that a larger team wouldn't face.
Are the skills I’ll learn at LDI really evangelism tools?
Absolutely. LDI believes that consistent with our baptismal promises, this work is a practice that shapes us to ‘seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving or neighbor as ourselves,’ and to ‘ proclaim by word and example the Good News of God in Christ.’ Even more concretely, by doing this work we engage the the Good News of Jesus Christ incarnate in action in our missional campaigns, and in story in our public narratives.
What is an organizing statement?
You can find more information about it on our application, but a short explanation is ‘a mission-based goal of what your team wants to accomplish during this LDI training,’ Some wording we might use is, “I am organizing who, to do what, by when."