Advocacy has been at the heart of Forma’s mission since its founding and continues to be an important part of its work to this day. Forma serves as an advocate for formation ministries and those who are engaged in formation work throughout the Church. We advocate for robust formation ministries at the local, diocesan and denominational levels, and as the largest professional organization within The Episcopal Church, we advocate for workplace parity for lay professionals.
How do we do this? We do it by empowering you, the membership. We give you language to speak to your General Convention deputies to advocate for formation and lay ministry. We encourage you to run for your diocesan General Convention deputation, to take on leadership positions within your diocese and to nominate yourself for Church-wide committees, commissions, agencies and boards and are happy to support you as you do so. We want to work with you to craft legislation for diocesan conventions or on advocacy needs at the local level. Need some support as you advocate for your budget or letter of agreement? We would love to help!
The Forma Advocacy Team is made up of ministers who work across The Episcopal Church. We are lay professionals, volunteers, and clergy working at the parish and the diocesan level, who are passionate about forming disciples for Jesus. Your Forma dues and donations allow for Forma’s General Convention presence, while our Advocacy team donates their time and money to support this work.
Forma has a presence at the triennial General Conventions of The Episcopal Church where Forma members serve as General Convention deputies, attend committee meetings, staff booths in exhibit halls, speak at hearings and committee meetings. We work with deputies and bishops to craft speaking points and legislation to support the work of formation. Forma also works with committees, commissions, agencies, and boards to craft legislation prior to convention that supports lifelong formation ministries. As General Convention committees raise questions pertaining to formation and lay ministries, Forma members are available as expert witnesses to describe the importance of legislation and how it might be used at the local and diocesan levels. Forma supports and crafts legislation to move towards increasing parity between lay and clergy in our parishes and dioceses. Forma was fundamental in securing lay pensions and benefits for many of our members.
Want more information? Want to get involved? Have questions or need support? Email the Advocacy Team to start a conversation with our team.