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.
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."
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…
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?
Most churches and nonprofits have a mission statement, but surprising few have articulated a vision. What’s the difference?
Is the possibility of a church merger being considered as part of your growth strategy? This resource may help...
A tool for congregational leaders who are considering hiring a consultant - or professional resource - to assist them in reaching their goals.
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
By Bob Williams
Do your congregation’s communication tools need sharpening? Maybe you’d like to get on track for fall and the new program year? Here are suggestions from the Media in Ministry class at Bloy House, the Episcopal Theological Sc…
By Greg Syler
Collaboration has about as much buzz as any buzzword seems to buzz these days.