• Episcopal Asset Map ✓
    Webinars
    A joint project of The Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society and Episcopal Relief & Development There's a new platform available to The Episcopal Church for congregations and other institutions to share our many ministries and gifts (www.episcopal…
  • Street Performers, Strangers, and Community
    Vital Posts
    My wife and I recently spent a few days of vacation in New Orleans. Jackson Square is one of my favorite places on the planet, largely because of its collective and eclectic group of artists, performers, and tourists. This time I happened upon …
  • Looking Back and Going Forward
    Vital Posts
    Almost like those moments that begin sometime late at night Christmas Eve and continue the next several days, the world begins to hush during Thanksgiving week. People re-connect and spend precious time with their loved ones, and there’s not much…
  • Mission to Mars
    Vital Posts
    At the Diocese of Texas Clergy Conference last month, Bishop Doyle opened his address to the clergy by showing a brief clip about planetary exploration of Mars. He wanted to propose a bold vision of missional work on Mars…and then jokingly said e…
  • The Episcopal Church Dismisses You
    Vital Posts
    A few weeks ago we gathered in Alexandria, Va., for the Missional Voices Oneday gathering, where we focused on liturgy, music, and the missional church. Dr. Jim Farwell, the liturgy professor at VTS, discussed the intersection of mission and worshi…
  • Vitality is an Inside Job
    Vital Posts
    Congregations everywhere are concerned with their growth. There are books, magazines, and inspiring speakers who all share strategies for growth, and church leaders diligently listen, plan, and implement. This is a good thing. It is important that …
  • Witnessing Faithfully Beyond the Walls
    Webinars
    This webinar explores neighborhood-based house church ministry as one form of mission that can bring Episcopalians from established congregations into communion with others in their wider parish to witness together to the presence of Christ and the K…
  • Your Work, God's Mission
    Vital Posts
    When my sons tell me they want to be race car drivers when they grow up, I think “just wait until you’re in the real world.” But why? At what point do we stop dreaming about what we can be and do? How can we begin to dream about and carry…
  • In Good Faith: Let the Games Begin
    Vital Posts
    Since deadlines don't respect vacations, I've filed the August edition of my In Good Faith column from an undisclosed coffee shop somewhere in the world. I write about that thing that's on many of our minds this week -- the Olympics in Rio. Enjoy. …
  • Reconciliation House
    Vestry Papers
    For Janice Ford and Peter Kosciusko, their commitment to the full recovery and rehabilitation of men incarcerated in the local county jail was the catalyst for the transformation of the rectory at their Episcopal Church into a sober house, providing …
  • July 2016 Editor’s Letter: Buildings & Grounds [& Mission]
    Vital Posts
    Church. Hearing the word, my brain immediately ‘sees’ a building with a steeple. And, I recall the stories of leaking roofs, faulty boilers, and so on. Yet, when I began looking for stories of how congregations were managing their buildings…
  • Pasture to Partnerships
    Vestry Papers
    Some churches lean on their visioning statements to drive them toward community partnerships. In “Pasture to Partnerships” Susan Kleinwechter shares how a community partnership not only helped with maintenance of St. Martin-in-the-Fields’ 11.5-…
  • Monday Matters: Yes, it's Friday and...
    Vital Posts
    “After this the Lord appointed seventy others and sent them on ahead of him in pairs to every town and place where he himself intended to go. He said to them, 'The harvest is plentiful, but the labourers are few; therefore ask the Lord of the har…
  • The Basics: Mission Development
    Vital Posts
    The healthy church has a fundamental orientation: outward. Leaders don’t ask, “What do our members want?” Instead, they ask, “What does the world around us need?” Leaders understand that a missional mindset is the heart of all church de…
  • St. Paul’s Open Letter to Presiding Bishop Curry
    Vital Posts
    On December 13, 2015, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Columbus, Mississippi, put into action their response to Presiding Bishop Michael Curry’s reminder that the Episcopal Church is part of the Jesus movement. In January, they wrote an Open Lett…
  • Take Out – Re-Package Your Rituals
    Vital Posts
    Our recent Vestry Papers article urged church leaders to shift their focus from “inside” to “outside,” and from church-sponsored outreach to individuals understanding themselves as “on mission” in their everyday lives. Last week we offe…
  • Break Out – Find the Faith-Life connections
    Vital Posts
    Our recent Vestry Papers article
  • In All Things, Give Thnaks [Sic]
    Vital Posts
    Nope, it's not a typo. The pressure is on us, those of us attempting to follow Jesus, and it's a performance pressure. The World and the Church are watching and both institutions are all too ready to fire the initial servo at us when we get it …
  • St. Nicholas: Goody2Shoes
    Vital Posts
    The Feast of St. Nicholas is a wonderful way for families and congregations to explore and understand the great tradition behind the commercialized Santa Claus. A bishop of Myra (what is now Turkey), Saint Nicholas is remembered as a grace-filled, …
  • Strategic Vision & Planning
    Webinars
    How are we responding to the rapid pace of change throughout the Church and in the world around us, and how we can be proactively addressing it?
  • Being Church
    Vital Posts
    Her eyes rimmed with tears, red from a night of mourning. “I had to come, to take my communion,” she told the priest. Her husband died mere hours earlier. She had a lot of places she could be: in bed, on the couch, numb and unseeing, drow…
  • Holy Trinity, Holy Smoke! Part 3
    Vital Posts
    This is the last of a 3-part series about the relationship ministry of Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in South Bend, Indiana. Read part 1 and part 2. Holy Trinity in South Bend, Indiana, is a church with a passion for processionals with “smel…
  • Discipleship Matters
    Vital Posts
    What is discipleship? What does it mean to be a disciple in today’s world? Jesus is pretty clear that this is important. We call it the Great Commission, the passage of scripture where Jesus commands (yes, commands) that we “make disciple…
  • Following Jesus: See, Listen, Go
    Vital Posts
    The wheelchair broke. That was why she was stuck inside the access-a-ride minibus outside our church. Her only choices were to wait for someone to come and repair it, or to return to the assisted living home. It was a Monday evening at St. Lydia’…
  • Holy Trinity, Holy Seeds, Part 2
    Vital Posts
    This is the second of a 3-part series about the relationship ministry of Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in South Bend, Indiana. Read part 1 here.  In 2011, in the midst of “mayhem” in inner city South Bend, Indiana, Holy Trinity Episcopal Ch…
  • Holy Trinity, Holy Gifts
    Vital Posts
    First of a three part series...  In one of the poorest neighborhoods in South Bend, Indiana, the Feast of the Virgin Mary was celebrated this month with ecumenical neighborhood joy radiating from Holy Trinity Episcopal Church. Since 1948, Holy T…
  • Parish Sewing Room Invites Participation
    Vestry Papers
    “Phenomenal!” That was the word that parishioners of St. Ann’s, Old Lyme, Connecticut, kept saying as they visited the new sewing room in their undercroft.
  • Harvesters BackSnack Ministry
    Vestry Papers
    Hunger is not just a Third World problem. Hunger does not discriminate. Young and elderly, black and white, male and female… the many faces of hunger are different, but the pain and the need are the same.
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