in Vestry Papers and filtered by Christian Formation, Change, Administration + 3 other(s)
By David Robinson
A church building is a gift that we must consider using to its fullest potential. In Putting Our Buildings to Work, David Robinson invites us to be open to all possibilities and lists ideas for transforming church spaces.
By Brian Sellers-Petersen
What can you do with land? Turns out, the sky is the limit! In Stewardship and Land, Brian Sellers-Peterson shares his view of our greatest common asset – land, and provides numerous examples of active ministries that take advantage of this often underutilized gift.
By Steve Follos
Extension ministries are great way to use church property effectively – engaging with the community to fill a real need, while also supplementing the church’s income. But are there any risks to consider? In Extension Ministries and Risk, Steve Follos describes ways to mitigate risk and protect your church in these situations.
By Isaac Everett
What do millennials need from the church? In Intentional Community, Isaac Everett explores a very real crisis that many young people have been thrust into – the lack of affordable housing, and offers hope and ideas for what the Church can do to create meaningful community for young people.
By Nelson Serrano
In A Young Person in a Young Church, Nelson Serrano narrates his experience of the Episcopal Church as a millennial in Colombia, telling us how a church that values the young becomes youthful and vibrant in its ideas and actions. This article is available in English and Spanish.
By Jay Sidebotham
Building up leaders who can get people moving and create a culture of discipleship in their communities requires intentional work. In Leading for Discipleship, Jay Sidebotham explains how important it is for leaders to be committed to discipleship to be able to propel their congregations forward on this important journey.
By Sandra Montes
Este año decidí visitar una iglesia diferente cada domingo y bloguear sobre mis experiencias. Ese esfuerzo duró unos tres meses hasta que, como ocurre a menudo, la vida intervino. Durante ese tiempo aprendí mucho sobre lo que pueden hacer las iglesias para ser acogedoras, amorosas, liberadoras y vivificantes.
By David Rice and Anna Carmichael
What does it look like when a diocese decides to take hospitality seriously? In Taking Church out Into the Community, Bishop David Rice and Anna Carmichael share their experience of focusing on community, outreach and welcome and what it means to begin to see the face of Jesus in “the other.”
By Sandra Montes
What makes a church welcoming to a first-time visitor? In Ten Signs of a Welcoming Congregation, Sandra Montes provides ideas from her travels to various churches across the country, listing qualities she found to be common in parishes that make visitors feel at home and truly welcome. This article is available in English and Spanish.
By Phyllis Jones
Placing mission at the heart of our budgeting can drastically alter the way we use the resources entrusted to us for others. In Mission-based budgeting: A Loving, Liberating, Life-Giving Practice, Phyllis Jones raises some critical questions around the types of mission-focused budgets and changing our mindset to view hospitality as an investment rather than an expense.