filtered by Small Churches, Prayer , Discernment
By Lisa Kimball and Kyle Oliver
So your vestry has a handle on the financials. But how are you doing as leaders and stewards of your churchs faith formation ministries?
By Nathan Kirkpatrick
This one-hour webinar will provide an overview of a design process for vestry retreats that will help you make the most of these investments.
María Eugenia Giraldo está agradecida que, cuando ella estaba buscando una guardería para su hijas, Dios la puso en el lugar preciso: una iglesia con misa en español. Ella estaba sedienta para servir, aunque se sentaba en la banca de atrás, y Dios la llamó. María Eugenia nos cuenta cómo fue de persona perdida a persona con un mensaje poderoso.
By Beckett Stokes
Several small congregations in the Diocese of Colorado are growing and thriving as a result of their adoption of a shared leadership model.
By Todd Ousley
El cierre de la base de la fuerza aérea Wurtsmith cambió todo.
By Janie Kirt Morris
Getting the right people on board is critical. Janie Kirt shows us the successful system she developed for “Build a Healthy Vestry." Available in Spanish.
As a new rector in the 1990s, Janie Kirt Morris knew that she wanted a prayerful process for raising up healthy, faithful leaders for the congregation. She attended conferences and listened to wise observations from experienced lay and clergy leaders and over time created a process that has helped us at Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Houston. Here are some of the tools she had developed - and refined - to help with the vestry discernment process.
This guide is for conducting effective mutual ministry reviews in ones congregation. It was collaboratively developed by the Episcopal Church Foundation, the Episcopal Church Centers Offices for Ministry Development and Deployment and many diocesan representatives.
The most effective leaders have always created teams to work with and lead with them. Take Moses in the story of Exodus, or Jesus and the apostles in the New Testament, or Martin Luther King Jr. in the Montgomery Bus Boycott. Our own ministries could be more rewarding if we intentionally structured better teams in all areas of church life.
By Blair Pogue
St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church in St. Paul, MN has been re-envisioning the role of the vestry over the last five years: inviting vestry members to understand their role as that of a spiritual discernment team.