Letter from the Missioner for Outreach
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Overview of Episcopal Community Service Network
I. PurposeThe purpose of Episcopal Community Service Network (ECSN) is to be a resource to diocesan churches and missions supporting their efforts to reach out and serve those in need within their communities.
Three key strategies to guide the future work of ECSN are:
• Enhance Education and Training about what the bible says and about “externally focused church” concepts.
• Provide Practical Resources and Tools for developing and implementing outreach projects.
• Promote Partnerships and Collaboration in the community and among churches.
Currently, ECSN is comprised of clergy and lay leaders from various churches within the diocese. the 2008 October Diocesan Convention drafted a resolution to establish ECSN and approved its theological statement (see Resources and Tools)
ECSN Committee 2008/2009
What ECSN Can Do for Your Church
As a resource to Diocesan mission and churches, ECSN can assist your outreach efforts in several ways:
Consider a workshop for your vestry or outreach team that can help explore critical questions or develop strategies to move efforts forward.
III. Resources & Tools
Bio for Dabney Dwyer
Dabney Dwyer began Dwyer Business Strategies in 2000 with the purpose of offering affordable facilitation and strategic services to nonprofit organizations. Dabney has over 25 years of experience in strategic and business planning, operations, management and consultative services in the health care industry, the nonprofit sector and related industries. Dabney has served on several nonprofit Boards and was President of the Board for Our Friends’ Place; an organization in Dallas that serves abused and neglected girls. She is also a contract consultant for the Center for Nonprofit Management in Dallas and Transitional Management Services in San Antonio.
In 2008, Dabney was employed by the Episcopal Diocese of Dallas as Missioner for Outreach to lead an initiative for supporting Diocesan churches and their efforts to get more involved in serving those in need within their communities. In this role she chairs an advisory and working committee, Episcopal Community Service Network.
Dabney received a B.A. in Sociology from Randolph-Macon Women’s College, an M.A. in Urban Studies from Virginia Polytechnic and State University and a certificate in Gerontology and Geriatrics from UT Southwestern Medical Center. She has also received formal facilitation training by the Wildworks Group and received a Certificate in Mediation in 2002.
Dabney resides in Dallas with her husband, Tom and they have a son, Christopher who is in Medical School at UT Health Science Center in San Antonio.