filtered by Outreach, Hospitality, Vision & Planning
By Lauren Grubaugh
En los estacionamientos de parroquias episcopales se ven frecuentemente automóviles con pegatinas en los parachoques que dicen “Somos la rama episcopal del Movimiento de Jesús”. La visión del Obispo Presidente Michael Curry figura frecuentemente en sermones, en el circuito de conferencias episcopales y en redes sociales como respuesta a la pregunta “¿episco qué?”.
By Anne Vickers
What role does financial strategy play in strategic visioning? In Through All Kinds of Weather, Anne Vickers shares the Episcopal Church’s unique five-step system of integrated support to transform us into mission-driven, financially-secure and sustainable congregations.
By Louise Baietto and Leslie Pendleton
Are you feeling stuck with your traditional six-year strategic plan? In Real-Time Strategy, Louise Baietto and Leslie Pendleton explain the importance of real-time strategic thinking and how ECF’s Strategic Solutions program can help.
By Melissa Rau
Beginning a strategic visioning process? In Eight Visioning Mistakes to Avoid, Melissa Rau lists common roadblocks that can slow down or halt a congregation’s strategic visioning goals and offers advice on how to avoid them.
By Charis Bhagianathan
In this issue, we bring you answers to your strategic visioning questions and invite you to look at the process through a fresh lens.
By Greg Syler
In this hyper-digital, connected-but-disconnected day and age, the church that finds a way to connect people to people so that everyone has someone to walk with them and represent Christ will not only be counter-cultural but blessed by God.
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.