The Very Rev. Gregory Miller, Diocese of NE-MA REC

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Name
The Very Rev. Gregory Miller, Diocese of NE-MA REC
Church Info
Home Church Address
Covenant Chapel Reformed Episcopal Church
127 West Oak St
Basking Ridge, NJ 07920
United States
Church Website URL
Organization
Organization Name
Church Army USA
Type of Organization
Non Profit
Your Position/Title within your Organization
National Director
Organization Address
PO Box 413
Aliquippa, PA 15001
United States
Organization Phone Number
Organization URL
Work of Ministry
At-risk Women and Children Care (Crisis Pregnancy)
Battered Women
Community Development
Education
Homelessness
Human Trafficking
Hunger/Food Justice
Post Incarceration Care
Racial Reconciliation
Substance Abuse/Addiction
Youth Development/At-risk Youth
Organization Email
gregmiller@churcharmyusa.org
Description of Organization
Assist the church is reaching the least, the last, and the lost with the gospel of Christ and bringing them into the fellowship of the church.
Organization Years In Operation
134
Does your ministry offer internships?
Yes, high school internship(s).
Yes, college internship(s).
Strengths of Organization
Expertise is developing ministries to reach those on the margins of society.
Background
Would you consider your role part time or full time within justice and mercy ministry?
Part Time
How many years have you been in ministry among the vulnurable, marginalized, and under-resourced?
4.00
What training did you receive that equipped you for justice and mercy ministries?
"On the job" training after obtaining a Master of Divinity degree in seminary.
What are your primary concerns for the ministry?
We would like to become more integrated into, and known by, the ACNA so that we can better equip parishes to reach those on the margins of society. We also need to enhance our fundraising so that we can be more effective in our work.
What feels like the most difficult aspect of your life in ministry?
Too much work - too little time.
What gives you the greatest joy?
Meeting the physical and spiritual needs of those on the margins and seeing them respond to Christ.
What spiritual disciplines help sustain you in your rhythms of life among the vulnerable, marginalized, and under-resourced?
Daily scripture reading, devotional reading, and prayer.
What would you like fellow Anglicans (bishops, churches, the average parishioner) to know about your ministry?
We are there to help their churches reach the least, the last, and the lost and to bring them into fellowship with Christ and His church.
How would you like fellow Anglicans (bishops, churches, the average parishioner) to grow in regards to justice and mercy issues?
To be aware that such ministry exists and to get outside the 4 walls of the church in order to accomplish that ministry.
What are your favorite books related to justice and mercy issues?
Troubled Minds: Mental Illness and the Church Mental Disorders and Spiritual Healing: Teachings from the Early Christian East The Theology of Illness
What are your favorite movies related to justice and mercy issues?
Places in the Heart
What are your favorite websites/organizations related to justice and mercy issues?
http://www.uncommongroundscafe.org/ https://www.facebook.com/bryan.bywater.9
What do you wish people knew about justice ministry in general or specific arenas of justice work?
That such ministry is likely in the neighborhood of every church even though the church may not realize it.
What would you like to see happen in ACNA in regards to work of justice and mercy?
Such ministry to increasingly become part of the "DNA" of the ACNA.
Tell us a bit about your story and your heart for justice and mercy.
I had been a priest in the Reformed Episcopal Church for 23 years and one thing I lamented during that time is that nearly 100% of our church growth came, not from conversions, but from Christians transferring from one church to another. Even though our parish might have seen growth, the kingdom of heaven did not. For that reason the Church Army ministry excited me the minute I heard about it. Here was a ministry that was reaching lost souls and bringing them into the kingdom. That is what we as Christians ought to be about. Since taking on the role as National Director I am excited to see how the Lord will use us in the future. We have become an Affiliated Ministry of the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA) and a member of the Anglican Global Missions Partners (AGMP). Our goal is to help train churches throughout the country how to reach the least, the last, and the lost with the gospel of Christ by offering classes and "boots on the ground" mission experience. Our family got involved in ministry to the mentally ill and their caregivers as a result of our eldest daughter experiencing mental illness beginning in High School. We are also starting a Celebrate Recovery group in our parish. I have had the privilege to minister to the homeless both in NYC and Hartford, CT.