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By Greg Syler
Would your small church be better off in collaboration with another small church? In his latest blog, Greg Syler proposes that the Episcopal Church use some multisite thinking. He presents statistics to show that the movement towards multisites is growing and that its practitioners are happy with the model.
By Richelle Thompson
Richelle Thompson shares the story of Graeter’s ice cream’s copy editing error to make a valuable pint, uh, point, that we are quick to cast blame and slow to extend grace. This company’s act of Christian charity is an example of humility for all of us members of the “gotcha!” culture.
By Alan Bentrup
Alan Bentrup discusses how large organizations are hard to change. He compares the Episcopal Church with General Stanley McChrystal’s experience with Special Operations in Iraq. Both have structures that were made for the realities of previous eras. To adapt to a new reality, an organization has to be willing to change and must ask the right questions.
By Lisa G. Fischbeck
Lisa Fischbeck’s church acquired five acres of land that had once belonged to someone who took good care of it. On talking to people and doing research, they learned that restoring native plants restores the health and function of the local ecosystem. So they cast a vision.
By Jerry Campbell
Jerry Campbell writes about St. Mark’s Episcopal Church and how it will be able to open a new parish center. St. Mark’s story is comprised of four pieces, with the capital campaign facilitated by ECF being the final piece of the puzzle.
By Lisa G. Fischbeck
The Episcopal Church of the Advocate lost its best loved greeter and mouser this spring. Smoke the Advo-cat came initially to take care of a pernicious mouse problem but soon began to make himself an indispensable part of the church community.
By Linda Buskirk
Canoeing the Mountains by Tod Bolsinger takes a look at opportunities for adaptive leadership within the Church. Linda Buskirk talks about the book and the ways that others find encouragement in his insights.
By Joe Merlino
Joe Merlino talks about discernment in his first blog post for ECF. A capital campaign consultant, Joe meets with parishes that often have tried various approaches before turning to ECF. Here he explains the holistic approach he uses with parishes.
By Charis Hill
Charis Hill grew up an abled child in the Episcopal Church, where she was an acolyte. As a young adult, she became disabled by ankylosing spondylitis and could no longer take the steps up to the chancel. As a millennial with years of ministry ahead of her, she noticed that most chancels are raised and accessible only by steps.
By Gerlene Gordy
Gerlene Gordy grew up half time on the Navajo reservation and half time in the city. She started volunteering in the Church and got involved with Navajo singing groups and Bible studies that had both Navajo and English versions. She calls the Episcopal Church in Navajoland her home.