About ECF Vital Practices

ECF Vital Practices offers vestry members and other people of faith, resources and tools to respond to the changing needs of the Church. Building upon the spiritually grounded, practical Vestry Papers articles that have inspired and informed vestry members since 1995, Vital Practices uses the Internet to both expand its offering and its audience.

Vital Practices explores new ways of supporting congregations by building online communities of Episcopalians who share their stories, experiences, and best practices, who learn from one another, and who discover support to help sustain their leadership and their ministries. It includes articles by experts and peers, blogs for sharing ideas about faith and leadership, stories about real life lessons of change and leadership, tools for stewardship, communications, and opportunities for you to share your stories and examples.

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About the Episcopal Church Foundation (ECF)

ECF is an independent, lay-led organization that helps congregations and other Episcopal groups develop leadership and raise resources for ministry.

We are about transformation, growth, and responding to God’s call in very practical, innovative, and spiritually-grounded ways.

In addition to Vital Practices, some of our other ministries include: Annual Giving & Stewardship Services, Capital Campaign ServicesEndowment Management Solutions, ECF Lilly Endowment National Initiative, the Fellowship Partners Program, Planned Giving, Strategic Solutions, the Vestry Resource Guide, and  Vital Teams

Learn more here.


  • 5 Vestry Retreat Resources
    Does your vestry or other leadership team take a retreat each year? This Vital Practices digest has five resources to help you plan a spirit-filled retreat.
  • Vestry Resource Guide
    Guidance and tools on leadership, vision & planning, stewardship, and other essential topics for serving on the vestry.
  • 2016 Highlights at ECF
    2016 has been a year of big changes, new projects and an intentional focus on impact for ECF.
  • ECFVP en Español
    Directorio de recursos en español / Spanish-language resource directory
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