Mission Advancement

The Office of Mission Advancement helps you discover the joy of putting your faith into action by connecting you with opportunities that speak to your heart and advance the mission of the Church. 

The Office of Mission Advancement (OMA) is a comprehensive support system for parishes, schools, ministries, and programs across the entire Archdiocese of Atlanta. We offer guidance and assistance in  
  • stewardship  
  • capital campaigns  
  • parish offertory 
  • annual appeal 
  • second collections 
  • financial and analytical modeling  
  • marketing and promotions 
OMA Team with Bishops

The needs and challenges across one of the fastest-growing dioceses in the country are vast. Not all parishes, schools, ministries, and programs are able to fund their mission from their immediate circle of parishioners and supporters.  

 OMA helps by connecting the generous people of the archdiocese to projects and programs outside of their main parish. 

 We are thrilled to share the tangible results of our efforts in 2023 and early 2024. We are deeply grateful to the parishioners of Archdiocese of Atlanta for their generosity, which has made these achievements possible. 

Stewardship:

               Annual Appeal 2023: Increased gifts by $2.7M over goal. $2.7M returned to the parishes for their operational needs and long-term foundational accounts for future needs. 

               Parish Offertory Program: Secured $2.4M in new/additional parish offertory commitments for 13 participating parishes. This offertory increase will help the parishes fund their ministries and immediate needs. 

               Parish Capital Campaigns: Provided consulting services to several parishes currently considering or actively running parish capital campaigns. 

Outreach: 

               In 2022 and 2023, our Catholic Mission Outreach via the second collection allowed the archdiocese to enrich the lives of the most vulnerable in 37 dioceses from 20 countries. We supported dioceses worldwide in evangelization, education, and dignified living. 

Education: 

               By introducing the GRACE Awareness weekend, we helped increase registration for GRACE Scholars by an additional $1M. GRACE Scholars, the student scholarship organization (SSO) established jointly by the Archdiocese of Atlanta and the Diocese of Savannah, awarded 1,115 scholarships totaling $4.09M to students from families with limited financial means to attend Catholic schools in both dioceses. 

Special Projects:

  • Provided partial funding to help open St. Joseph Place, a low-income housing facility for senior citizens on the Most Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church grounds. 
  • Replaced the 50-year-old floors in the rectory, administrative, and religious education buildings of Corpus Christi Catholic Church in Stone Mountain.
  • Secured Educational scholarships for low-income students studying at St. Peter Claver Catholic School in Decatur. 
  • Provided New carpet and furniture for the St. Charles Borromeo Seminarian Formation house in Sandy Springs. 
  • Secured funding for the Mission and Service Ambassadors (MSA) program at the Purification Heritage Retreat Center to equip college students with a heart for service with real-world non-profit working experience. 

We invite you to see the many good works and opportunities across the archdiocese. We challenge you to find something that speaks to your heart and to put your faith into action to advance the mission of the Church and make a tangible difference in your community today

For suggestions and collaboration, please contact

Deacon Rick Medina

rmedina@archatl.com 
404-920-7615