newark shared ministries
Newark Shared Ministries (NSM) is a unique ministry partnership between multiple churches, agencies, and institutions throughout our region. Our NSM partnership includes urban and suburban Episcopal congregations in the Diocese of Newark (House of Prayer–Newark, Christ Church–Short Hills and St. Paul’s–Chatham), The Apostles House (a transitional housing shelter for women and children in Newark), the Bishop and the Canon to the Ordinary from The Diocese of Newark, and leadership from The General Theological Seminary (New York City).
As partners of the Newark Shared Ministries, we came together after asking ourselves, “Who is our neighbor?” The temptation in parish ministry to isolate ourselves in our own respective communities and ignore what is happening beyond the walls of our places of worship, called us together to discern how to work in mutual ministry with our neighbors and colleagues in Newark. This ministry is an active representation of the Diocese of Newark’s effort to build bridges through mission.
We have partnered together in leadership, faith formation, worship, and community health and education initiatives. After the successful launch of our ongoing monthly Health Education Seminars at The House of Prayer, we launched the tutoring program All The Way Up, initially to support and encourage residents of the Apostles House and those living in the vicinity of Newark’s Central Ward, to pass a High School Equivalency (HSE) test and receive a state-issued High School diploma. All The Way Up continues to grow as it expands its course offerings to offer Adult Basic Education (ABE) and more.