in Vestry Papers and filtered by Change
By Heather Barta
A model being used in the Episcopal Diocese of Eastern Michigan helps lay leaders make the shift from full time clergy to working with part time or supply priests.
By Robin Hammeal-Urban
This article shares a model to help leaders manage change, be aware of their own feelings, and help parishioners address their own emotions to support health, wholeness and vitality for years to come.
By Ken Howard
A ‘tongue firmly in cheek’ piece of slipping a serious issue past the defenses that often may keep us from some critical self evaluation.
By Shirley Bowen
Like many small churches, Christ Episcopal Church in Biddeford, Maine had seen its resources rise and fall with the economic tide of the community. Shirley Bowen’s “Seeds of Hope” shares how this congregation multiplied their ability to serve Christ after deciding to disband as a parish.
By Tommy Dillon
¿Qué hace uno cuando un ministerio otrora efervescente que definía la dedicación de una parroquia al ministerio social está en una comunidad que no necesita más esos servicios y que, además, no cuenta con los recursos de la parroquia para mantenerlos?
By Robin Hammeal-Urban
Los cambios y las transiciones son algo constante en la vida parroquial. Entender la índole del cambio y el papel fundamental que desempeñan las emociones en las vidas de las feligresías y de sus miembros incrementa la efectividad de los líderes parroquiales. Hasta las parroquias con líderes ordenados establecidos encuentran muchos retos.
By Rosa Lindahl
Above all, trust in the slow work of God. We are quite naturally impatient in everything to reach the end without delay. We should like to skip the intermediate stages…And yet it is the law of all progress that it is made by passing through some stages of instability-and that it may take a very long time.
By Birdie Blake-Reid as told to Nancy Davidge
Our church is vibrant, alive, and very connected to our community, as well as to The Episcopal Church at the diocesan, provincial, and denominational levels. It hasn’t always been that way...
By Peyton G. Craighill
When a congregation makes a paradigm shift from an attractional model of ministry to a missional model, how will the shift influence its understanding and practice of worship?
By Stacy Sauls
Stacy Sauls invites us to image a different kind of church, one formed around making Christ truly present in the world. More