Expanding Horizons



Innovation, Compassion, and Transformation in the Episcopal Diocese of California


We selected Expanding Horizons as the title and theme of our campaign after we heard the words of this prayer, attributed to the explorer and privateer, Sir Francis Drake. While many of America’s founding moments happened on the East Coast, it was on the West Coast, in a little inlet near Point Reyes located in the northernmost part of our diocese, that the first service using the Book of Common Prayer was said on American soil. Discovery and disturbance, and the transformation that come from them, have been a part of the life and experience of California, and the Diocese has been a part of that transformative work for 170 years. We ask that everyone in our diocese join together as we pray these words.




The members of the Diocese of California engaged in a comprehensive study process to determine the case for our campaign. This study surveyed more than one hundred individuals, comprised of clergy and lay leaders of every congregation, diocesan leadership, likely potential donors, and representatives from many of the institutions of the diocese. Together, you helped us identify the four main components of the case:  Sharing our First Fruits; Essential Housing; Thriving Congregations; Caring for Creation

The Diocese of California is as an inflection point, where a strategic investment can strengthen and grow the church for future generations and make an impact on the most pressing issues in our communities.  

This is a very exciting time in the storied history of the Diocese of California. The diocese faces distinct challenges, but these challenges bring tremendous opportunities as it embarks on the most significant fundraising campaign in recent memory. Through your participation, your stewardship, and your generosity, all those who participate can serve this great cultural tapestry that makes up the Diocese of California. Together, generous givers will create a foundation for future generations to experience God’s love and life a Christ-focused life right here in the Diocese of California.

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Sharing the Proceeds from Expanding Horizons


View the Video Report to Diocesan Convention 2020 

Campaign Totals

Bishop’s Phase                                  $13,312,597

Congregations Share                       $1,965,685

Campaign Expenses                         -$3,632,711

Total to Distribute                            $11,645,571

(As of 9/30/20)


As of January 1, 2020, Expanding Horizons had collected $2,106,016 for distribution.

  • $65,000 St. Barnabas Agricultural School, Diocese of Haiti
  • $326,009 Episcopal Impact Fund
  • $97,803 The Bishop’s Ranch
  • $97,803 St. Dorothy’s Rest
  • $97,803 Brentwood Farm Church Missioner (Repurposed from the Environmental Chaplain endowment allocation, which was insufficient to endow a position, but which can be of use in this missionally-aligned staff position.)
  • $273,847 Bluebird Project: Brentwood Essential Housing development
  • $397,731 Allocated for Vital & Thriving Curriculum Development
  • $269,935 Set aside for Adapt & Nourish Ministry Incubation Fund (Endowment)

For a total of $1,663,362 in allocations and $469,654 still to be allocated in 2020, or rolled into following years.

Campaign Next Steps

The Diocese of California is committed to transparency and accountability in how we allocate funds from Expanding Horizons. Projects and distributions must be approved by the Finance Committee and reported to Executive Council. For questions about this process, or to propose a project to be funded, please contact Davey Gerhard, Director of Development at daveyg@diocal.org or at 415-869-7836.

Expanding Horizons Prayer, attributed to Sir. Francis Drake, 1577

Disturb us, Lord, when
We are too pleased with ourselves,
When our dreams have come true
Because we dreamed too little,
When we arrived safely
Because we sailed too close to the shore.

Disturb us, Lord, when
With the abundance of things we possess
We have lost our thirst
For the waters of life;
Having fallen in love with life,
We have ceased to dream of eternity
And in our efforts to build a new earth,
We have allowed our vision
Of the new Heaven to dim.

Disturb us, Lord, to dare more boldly,
To venture on wilder seas
Where storms will show Your mastery;
Where losing sight of land,
We shall find the stars.

We ask you to push back
The horizons of our hopes;
And to push back the future
In strength, courage, hope, and love.
This we ask in the name of our Captain,
Who is Jesus Christ. Amen.