Local Church Engagement

 

The Creation Care Church Initiative

“The earth is the Lord’s and all that is in it, the world, and those who live in it…”  (Psalm 24:1)

The scriptures are full of references to God’s creation and to humanity’s relationship with it.  The Creation Care Church Initiative (CCCI) is a covenant congregation program that empowers a local church to live out its faith, given the Biblical mandate to care for and be good stewards of all that God has so lovingly created.

Introductory Information

The categories chosen for this CCCI are representative of the total life and ministry of a congregation and include:

  • Worship
  • Discipleship
  • Stewardship
  • Evangelism
  • Mission

We want a Creation Care Church to understand that everything it does in ministry is connected to God’s creation; in other words, caring for creation is so fundamental to who we are as Christians that it must necessarily be infused into every aspect of the life of a congregation; hence the categories of Worship, Discipleship, Stewardship, Evangelism, and Mission.

We invite you to explore the ideas offered in the CCCI document and consider ways in which we can all participate in caring for God's creation.

Click here to view the Creation Care Church Initiative

Click here to view How to Start a Green Team at Your Church
 

Would you like some inspiration for creating your church's Climate Covenant? Missoula First United Methodist Church, MT shares their Climate Covenant below and invites others to use it as an encouragement in the creation of their own covenant.

Missoula 1st United Methodist Church Climate Covenant

As people of faith, we have an obligation to care for God’s creation. How we live in this world has meaning and consequences for all beings.

We find our planet in a dire climate crisis. All life forms are at risk because of humankind’s abuses of the earth, sky and water. Millions of plant and animal species face extinction. Humans are suffering, especially those who are oppressed and therefore less able to cope with the changes brought by a warming world.

We are called to action that reflects our abiding love for God, for one another and for the natural world. We pledge ourselves – as

individuals and as the congregation of Missoula First United Methodist Church – to the interconnected responsibilities of caring for creation and seeking justice for the oppressed. All aspects of our congregation’s life will reflect these deep and unwavering commitments.

Therefore:

  1. We resolve to accept our moral obligation to be responsible stewards of God’s creation and advocates for social justice. We will transform our despair, anger and sadness about climate change and human suffering into action that helps to heal our world and all of humanity.
  2. We resolve to conduct a review of our church’s carbon footprint, and to develop and enact practices that reduce our impact on the Earth. We will educate our congregation and community on these efforts, and will work to inspire change at all levels.
  3. We resolve to elevate climate action, and with it social justice, as a primary focus of our ministry. We will take a multi-faceted approach that includes education, communication, direct action and worship.

Mountain View UMC in Boulder, CO  designated a Cool Congregation

Mountain View UMC used Interfaith Power & Light’s unique Cool Congregations stewardship program resources to reduce the climate change emissions from their facilities, help their members reduce emissions at home, and serve as a leader in the wider community.  Mountain View United Methodist Church has reduced their carbon footprint by 40% and is preventing approximately 70 tons of emissions from entering the atmosphere annually. Click here to read more about how Mountain View UMC answered the call to care for creation.
 

The mission of Local Church Engagement is to offer tools, support and guidance in assisting each Mountain  Sky Conference church to covenant and create ways to be  a Creation Care Church.  Want to learn more?  Contact Jay Vestal at jayvestal@msn.com or at creationjustice@mtnskyumc.org