Vision & Planning

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.
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 Gary Gleason
"Why should we spend a year trying to get a new minister? I could fill this job in about a week!" the vestry member proclaimed. "Yes," I replied, "but it's not a good idea."
Most churches and nonprofits have a mission statement, but surprising few have articulated a vision. What’s the difference?
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…
By Jane Patterson and John Lewis
How can you tell when a ministry is no longer viable?
By Lisa H. Towle
Concern for the future started Lisa Towle and ECW-NC on a journey of discernment and discovery. More
A tool for congregational leaders who are considering hiring a consultant - or professional resource - to assist them in reaching their goals.
By Greg Syler
Collaboration has about as much buzz as any buzzword seems to buzz these days.
A series of activities to help your leadership do a comprehensive review of all activities, ministries and programs of your church.
It’s no secret. Parish budgets usually aren’t dynamic or compelling. They’re a series of numbers trapped in straight lines. Context is everything. In the right context, those numbers are the legend to a map: Where did we come…