in Vestry Papers and filtered by Christian Formation, Change, Diversity + 6 other(s)
By David Romanik
How do we respond when those who look and speak differently knock on our door? When two Swahili-speaking refugee families from Congo arrived at Church of the Heavenly Rest in Abilene, Texas, in 2013, the community’s first response was to help with their physical needs. In Breaking Down Walls, David Romanik shares the process of discernment and the practical steps that followed as they shifted their focus to bringing God’s purpose for the community to life.
By Connie Rux
As church, how we raise, spend and steward our money can tell a powerful story about our values. In Growing God’s Work, Connie Rux tells the story of All Saints Episcopal Church in Tarpon Springs, Florida, and how they have adapted through their history to be stewards of God’s many gifts to their community.
By Jemonde Taylor
How are icons different from images? In Icons: One Thousand Painted Prayers, Jemonde Taylor delves into the world of spiritual iconography and explains how powerfully expressive icons can be in revealing the divine to us and in us.
By Nicole Seiferth
ECF recently launched a new publication – the Finance Resource Guide. In The Finance Resource Your Vestry Needs, Nicole Seiferth breaks down what the book offers and shares why this is a must-have publication for every transformational vestry.
By Mary Barber
Al mismo tiempo en que escribo esto, estoy tratando de salvar un retiro de un fin de semana. Uno de mis compañeros de clase del seminario y yo habíamos estado planeando el retiro por meses y ahora, un día antes de que ocurriera, se canceló a causa de una situación completamente fuera de nuestro control.
By Lou Blanchard
How can we be more intentionally transformational? In A Path of Transformation, Lou Blanchard uses Otto Scharmer’s book Theory U to explain the process of moving through four emotional “fields” to a spiritual place of transformation.
By Nicole Foster
What does it mean to be the gatekeepers of God’s house? In The Sons of Korah, Nicole Foster examines striking parallels between vestry service and the fearless protectors of God’s temple in 1 Chronicles.
By Donald Romanik
Si bien la ECF proporciona un sinnúmero de herramientas y recursos para líderes parroquiales, especialmente para juntas parroquiales, pensé que sería útil expresar cinco ideas que pueden hacer que su junta parroquial sea menos transaccional y más transformativa.
By Caleb Tabor
Diversity is a quality that vestries must seek out. In Multiculturalism: It’s Not Optional, Caleb Tabor tells us why a multicultural vestry is a requirement if we are to embody and live as Jesus’ disciples in this world.
By Beth Hunt
What does it look like when a vestry puts prayer, fellowship and spiritual discernment first? In Into the Heart of God, Beth Hunt shares her experience of vestry service at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Huntersville, NC and how it’s been the most spiritually rewarding thing she’s ever done.