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…
Most churches and nonprofits have a mission statement, but surprising few have articulated a vision. What’s the difference?
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?
This month we offer five resources on visioning.
A tool for congregational leaders who are considering hiring a consultant - or professional resource - to assist them in reaching their goals.
Is the possibility of a church merger being considered as part of your growth strategy? This resource may help...
By Lisa H. Towle
Concern for the future started Lisa Towle and ECW-NC on a journey of discernment and discovery. More
By Nancy Davidge
Online listings offer churches the opportunity to tell their story 24/7, with capacity to include far more than name, address, contact information, and worship times. Learn about what's available and how to get maximum (free)…
By Jane Patterson and John Lewis
How can you tell when a ministry is no longer viable?