As of the 112th Diocesan Council in February, each church is asked to do the following things to explore its call and opportunity for Military Ministry:
- Make an announcement to your congregation that the Diocese of West Texas has established a Military Ministry, asking each church to participate as they feel called and able to do so.
- Provide the Vestry and congregation with the link to the Military Ministry documents described below.
- Consider adding the Armed Forces to the Prayers of the People said in your services, if you do not already do so.
- Appoint a Military Ministry Contact Person (MMCP) and let the diocese know who has been appointed. Make sure this person has a badge so they are easily identifiable to visitors and new church members.
- Identify any parishioner who has a special call for Military Ministry and would like to be part of a Military Ministry Coordinating Committee for the diocese. It is envisioned that these individuals would support churches in their ministry and host one or two events a year specific to Military Ministry.
- Share the things you are doing for Military Ministry with the diocesan contacts, so we can share best practices and learn from each other.
Below you will find links to the documents mentioned above. These will help your congregation fulfill our vision that each church has an active Military Ministry tailored to their specific location, needs and resources.
Military Ministry Toolkit
The Diocese of West Texas Military Ministry Toolkit contains everything your congregation needs to begin or expand a Military Ministry. The ideas for ministry run from simple things like adding military members to your prayer list to more involved efforts. There is so much opportunity in the Military Ministry field that every church will find a place that is appropriate for them. The Toolkit also contains information on resources to assist active duty military members, veterans, and their families in your congregation and in your community.
Military Ministry Contact Person (MMCP)
The Military Ministry Contact Person (MMCP) serves as the local congregation’s “go to” person for military ministry information. The job description describes what this individual does within their congregation to promote military ministry. The list of Military Contacts for each of our churches who have identified someone to fulfill this important role is also below.
For assistance with Military Ministry, please contact:
Leslie Mixson (diocesan contact), 210/888 824 5387
The Rev. Karen Brandon, 915 494 5508
Chaplain Susan Douglas, 210 823 7020
Read the letter to congregations from Bishop Reed, July 18, 2016
How the Military Ministry was established:
At the 112th Diocesan Council in February 2016, our Bishop Coadjutor, the Rt. Rev. David Reed, announced that the Diocese of West Texas would explore the opportunities for a firm establishment and growth of a Military Ministry. “We’re privileged to serve those who have served so sacrificially on our behalf. But the needs are complex – not only for combat veterans, but for active duty personnel stationed among us and families left behind and waiting.”
Bishop Reed asked Leslie Mixson, development assistant for the diocese; the Rev. Karen Brandon (US Army retired); and Chaplain Susan Douglas (USAF retired) to assist our churches in starting and/or maintaining a military ministry. He also asked our rectors to appoint someone in each congregation to serve as the local Military Ministry Contact Person.