By Birdie Blake-Reid as told to Nancy Davidge
Our church is vibrant, alive, and very connected to our community, as well as to The Episcopal Church at the diocesan, provincial, and denominational levels. It hasn’t always been that way...
Anyone who has played even a small role in congregational leadership knows that change comes glacially in most churches and waiting is part of the process.
By Linda Buskirk
When Christ Church in Pensacola began to think about their future, they engaged in a process of strategic thinking. Their goal was to identify their vision and their values, as well as some priorities for strategic action. L…
By Heather Barta
A model being used in the Episcopal Diocese of Eastern Michigan helps lay leaders make the shift from full time clergy to working with part time or supply priests.
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 Robin Hammeal-Urban
This article shares a model to help leaders manage change, be aware of their own feelings, and help parishioners address their own emotions to support health, wholeness and vitality for years to come.
ECF Vital Teams consultant Rosa Lindahl believes a leadership team’s capacity to move into the future depends on its ability to function effectively. What can we, as congregational leaders, do to discuss more openly and hones…
How we are responding to the rapid pace of change throughout the Church and in the world around us, and how we can be proactively addressing it?
By Leon Sampson and Gerlene Gordy
Our experience of the COVID-19 pandemic is very much dependent on where we live. In Pandemic Learnings in Navajoland, Leon Sampson and Gerlene Gordy narrate their story, sharing how life has been a struggle and a blessing for…
A resource to help understand the difference between change and transition – one is an event and the other is a process.
A resource offering a brief overview of church size theory that can be used by lay leaders or clergy to explain how church size effects the culture of a congregation.
This assessment can be used in a variety of transition situations to support lay and clergy leaders during a time of transition