By Linda Buskirk
When Christ Church in Pensacola began to think about their future, they engaged in a process of strategic thinking. Their goal was to identify their vision and their values, as well as some priorities for strategic action. L…
By Blair Pogue
St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church in St. Paul, MN has been re-envisioning the role of the vestry over the last five years: inviting vestry members to understand their role as that of a spiritual discernment team.
So your vestry has a handle on the financials. But how are you doing as leaders and stewards of your church's faith formation ministries?
Anyone who has played even a small role in congregational leadership knows that change comes glacially in most churches and waiting is part of the process.
By Scott Evenbeck
Just as the Great Commission—“Go therefore into the world to make disciples of all nations”—does not go into great detail on how exactly to accomplish that mission, so the canons of the Episcopal Church are not particularly s…
By Beckett Stokes
Several small congregations in the Diocese of Colorado are growing and thriving as a result of their adoption of a shared leadership model.
I wanted, really wanted, to be a gracious winner, but maybe there’s greater opportunity for change if I can learn how to be a gracious loser.
By Ward Richards
Conflict. It’s inevitable. It occurs every day, in every facet of our lives.
ECF Vital Teams consultant Rosa Lindahl believes a leadership team’s capacity to move into the future depends on its ability to function effectively. What can we, as congregational leaders, do to discuss more openly and hones…
By Peggy Treadwell
The greatest gift vestry members can give their churches is creative, positive challenge and support of their rector(s).
In lieu of naming every insight that I gained from this training, I’d instead like to focus on one idea that came through to me loud and clear. This is a slight twist on the work of identifying a shared mission and vision for…
This one-hour webinar will provide an overview of a design process for vestry retreats that will help you make the most of these investments.
This one hour webinar is designed to present practical tips and considerations for those planning to serve as senior warden for their parish and rector.
This guide is for conducting effective mutual ministry reviews in one's congregation. It was collaboratively developed by the Episcopal Church Foundation, the Episcopal Church Center's Offices for Ministry Development and Dep…
By Janie Kirt Morris
Getting the right people on board is critical. Janie Kirt shows us the successful system she developed for “Build a Healthy Vestry." Available in Spanish.
The most effective leaders have always created teams to work with and lead with them. Take Moses in the story of Exodus, or Jesus and the apostles in the New Testament, or Martin Luther King Jr. in the Montgomery Bus Boycott…
By John Debeer
Marshall Ganz's Structured Team Resource was used as a basis for the annual mutual ministry review.
How we are responding to the rapid pace of change throughout the Church and in the world around us, and how we can be proactively addressing it?
By Rosa Lindahl
Our capacity to move into the future depends on the ability of our congregational leaders to function effectively as a team.
By Robert Harris
In “On Being a Senior Warden,” Robert Harris shares some of his experiences as senior warden in two congregations over a number of years. Having worked with a variety of rectors with varying levels of experience and character…