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By Melissa Rau
Melissa Rau writes our latest blog from the viewpoint of young parents who are interested in getting involved, but are ultimately turned off by their church. They are welcomed, but not welcome to change anything.
By Cathy Hornberger
This month we offer five resources on community outreach.
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 Nick Sollog
ECF Capital Campaign Consultant Nick Sollog relates his experience with a church that was in the middle of a feasibility study when their rector was elected Bishop of another diocese. All hope was not lost! The vestry found two chairs to lead the campaign, which not only reached its primary goal but its challenge goal too.
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 Lisa G. Fischbeck
Lisa Fischbeck figured the Memorial Day concert and cookout would be a good way for folks to experience the hospitality of the church. It also proved to be a much easier entry point for newcomers than Sunday mass.
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 Alan Yarborough
Alan Yarborough asks whether the Episcopal Church has what it takes to heal the political divide in this country. He posits that the Church has the space, staff, systems and stuff required to do so.