December 30, 2015

3 Great Things You [Likely] Missed in 2015

The 4th of 4 posts - see below for the other three articles.

I can often predict whether an article, resource, or webinar will do well when pushed out in an email or posted on Facebook or Twitter.

Then there are those times that something truly wonderful, inspiring and amazing, or downright practical for everyone to have in hand just falls flat. 

Well, now is your second chance! As part of ECF Vital Practices celebration of Christmas, our editorial team has looked back over 2015 and pulled some our best content that, despite our best efforts, just flew under the radar.

From Secretary to Administrator
Having been a lay administrator in a congregation, I want everyone to read “From Secretary to Administrator.” Ministry in the Church can be very isolating and can be even more so for lay professionals who are often in situations that don’t offer professional development and networking. Any church job requires many hats, but Greg Syler speaks to a shift that many congregations face, from a parish secretary that types letters to an administrative and/or communications professional. 
Size and amount doesn’t matter! That was the rejected subject line for this digest, but I’m sure it would have attracted more attention for “Vital Practices Digest: 5 Resources for Planned Giving.” Whether your congregation has 60 or 6,000 people, you’re 25 or 75 years old, or if you make $30,000 or $3,000,000 annually, planned giving is something EVERY Episcopalian should consider for their church. It may be hard to get excited about planned giving at first, but most congregations can see the result of planned gifts every day, from the buildings to ministry programs sustained through the legacy of generous Episcopalians who have gone before us. 

Sometimes I refer to the resources we try to provide leaders as being akin to asking people to eat their vegetables. We all know they’re good for us, we should do it, but in the end, we’re likely to let it slip. This is one such post, “Ignore These Details and You Might Lose Your Church’s Website” is an excellent breakdown of the basics that every parish should keep track of with their parish website - large, small or anywhere in between - don’t just assume that this has been done! Please, “eat your vegetables” and click though!

Have a wonderful Christmas and blessed New Year! Enjoy all of ECFVP's Christmas Special 2015, click here for our full itineary.

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