About ECMN

The Episcopal Church in Minnesota

The Episcopal Church in Minnesota is a network of faith communities - churches, schools, non-profits, care centers - that is called to transformation by engaging God’s mission. 

Our work is to discern our gifts, and, in partnership, join with God in the work that God is doing in the world.

We understand our work together to be broken up into three areas - distinctive, but interconnected: ministry, mission and management.

Ministry: living into the ministry of all the baptized by discerning gifts and being in relationship with all four orders of ministry: lay, deacon, priest and Bishop.

Mission: living out gifts and passions in partnership with those in the community to meet needs and engage in transformation.

Management: stewarding resources (people, property, pennies) in such a way that the work of the church can continue sustainably.

Faith communities act as a network first and foremost with those in their Mission Area.  Mission Areas are a grouping of 10-15 faith communities that share geographic proximity. They connect through quarterly gatherings, act as a conduit for information (disseminating AND gathering), and a hub of relationship building and sharing that spreads ideas, connections and best practices. 

Whenever possible, we seek to act as a network - this means we focus on relationship rather than hierarchy as the most effective mechanism to build and share effective strategies and new ideas.

We understand that the church is changing, and we trust that the Holy Spirit is at work in those changes.

Here are a few ways to get involved:

  • Find a faith community near you and join in the vibrant work that is happening throughout Minnesota.
  • Sign up to receive emails and updates to stay in the loop
  • Click here to learn more about mission areas, and how to get connected
  • Click here to learn more about the networks that exist in ECMN, and how you can join the network that's right for you.
  • The ECMN offices act as a hub for ECMN and for North Minneapolis, find out more about the offices and how you can make them work for you here.
  • Watch the video below for an overview of the Episcopal Church in Minnesota - the structure, values and work of ECMN.


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A bit about ECMN

The Episcopal Church in Minnesota is a ‘diocese’ of The Episcopal Church, which is a community of 2.5 million worshipers in about 120 dioceses across the United States and abroad.

The Episcopal Church is part of the larger Anglican Communion, which is a worldwide community of more than 77 million who intentionally maintain community and commonality in prayer and worship in more than 500 dioceses in 164 countries.

Our very first Bishop, Henry Benjamin Whipple, worked and served with the Native American community. While others were persecuting them, he was ordaining them. The Episcopal Church in Minnesota continues that legacy.

The Episcopal Church in Minnesota maintains one of the largest Departments of Indian Work in the entire Episcopal Church, with faith communities on nearly every Reservation in Minnesota. Additionally, we support faith communities welcoming the newest Minnesotans by worshiping in several languages including Hmong and Spanish.