Become an Earth Care Congregation
Is your church active in earth care or interested in becoming more involved in being stewards of God’s earth? Use “Earth Care Congregations: A Guide to Greening Presbyterian Churches” to find ideas for earth care projects.
To become certified as Earth Care Congregations churches take the “Earth Care Pledge” and complete activities and projects in the fields of worship, education, facilities and outreach. Submit your application (see below "getting started") January 1-February 15 of the calendar year in which you'd like to be certified.
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Getting started: Earth Care Congregations applications
Get started on the path to becoming an Earth Care Congregation or find re-certification materials by downloading “Earth Care Congregations: A Guide to Greening Presbyterian Churches.”
NOTE: The annual enrollment/recertification period for 2016 is January 1-February 15. You may begin submitting your application at the start of the New Year through February 15. This is a change from previous years, when we accepted rolling applications, so please contact us if you have any questions!
To become certified as a PC(USA) Earth Care Congregation, a church fills out the Earth Care Pledge and tracks its commitments to earth care in the areas of worship, education, facilities, and outreach. To download the form to become an Earth Care Congregation (which includes the Earth Care Pledge and the congregational self-audit), click here. For just the Earth Care Pledge, click here.
To become re-certified as a PC(USA) Earth Care Congregation, a church tracks its continued commitments to earth care in the areas of worship, education, facilities, and outreach. Progress in each of the areas should be marked since the time of the last certification. To download the form to become re-certified as an Earth Care Congregation, click here.
Please download and resave these applications as ChurchnameCityST2015ECCFirstYear or ChurchnameCityST2015ECCRecert where your congregation's name, city, and state are in the title of the pdf. Follow the directions to mail or email the application. REMINDER: 2016 applications will be accepted between January 1-February 15, 2016.
As an option for churches that would like to take advantage of additional resources, coaching, and interfaith connections, Environmental Ministries has partnered with GreenFaith to invite Presbyterian congregations to consider this interfaith certification program. Going through GreenFaith's two year intensive will count for PC(USA) Earth Care Congregation certification and will enable participating churches to raise effective environmental leaders, reduce their operating expenses, and attract new members. Click here to learn more about the resources, webinars, and collaboration between Environmental Ministries and GreenFaith.
To listen to a recording of a webinar that introduces the GreenFaith program, click here.
For more information
Contact Environmental Ministries with any questions about the Earth Care Congregations Program.
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Read about churches doing earth care ministry on our blog.
Thank you, Tom. With the Earth Care Congregations program, churches can address earth care issues in whatever way works best for their church under a holistic focus. As churches work on earth care in the fields of worship, education, facilities, and outreach members will become better educated about earth care issues, and can use this knowledge to influence lifestyle choices. There are many resources in the Earth Care Congregations guide to help church members make a commitment to earth care.
Good program. What share of effort should focus on individual commitments?