Mission

This one-hour webinar will provide an overview of the platform including how to search for information and how to update the information about your church or facility, and will draw on a variety of resources including stories…
How does your parish engage with its surrounding community?
By ECFVP editorial team
In Lucinda Mosher and Building Bridges, the ECFVP editorial team describes ECF Fellow Lucinda Mosher’s (ThD, General Theological Seminary) journey that begins during her dissertation work which addressed fostering dialogue be…
A dear friend recently celebrated 10 years of ordained ministry. As part of his reflection on the role of the priest today, he asked me what qualities I thought priests needed to have today.
During the webinar, we will discuss the links between collective and servant leadership in transforming education and social outcomes.
What if God is up to something big and global, but it can only be discovered through the small and local?
By Rebecca Wellborn
Rebecca Wellborn writes about the significance of gathering rural church leaders and the difference it is making in communities across the Diocese of Dallas.
In 2015, Vital Posts recorded the planting of a new Episcopal congregation in Brownsburg, Indiana, just outside Indianapolis. The small seed of a congregation that Fr. Gray planted has grown to nearly 130 people of Good Samar…
As a leader in the church, I must be ready to help empower those around me to pursue God’s mission as they see it. Folks don’t need to wait for an “official” ministry or some special request. If you see a way to help someone,…
I don’t like ‘stewardship season’ because it feels like a missed opportunity to have a big, amazing conversation about what we do have, and how we could re-organize and renew as church.
A 2016 ECF Fellow, Derek has worked on food and housing justice issues with low-income people and people experiencing houselessness for the past ten years, and through his Fellowship will continue to run Trinity Church Asbury…
I’ve begun to wonder if we, as a churchwide system, will be able to adapt well to new and emerging social media, largely because I’m not certain that we have within our present capacity that kind of expansive, inside-out imag…
By Susan Kleinwechter
Some churches lean on their visioning statements to drive them toward community partnerships. In “Pasture to Partnerships” Susan Kleinwechter shares how a community partnership not only helped with maintenance of St. Martin-i…
And so our job as Christians, as those made in the image of a creating and redeeming God, is to take what is and help make it into what it can be.
What if we expanded our view of “Christian education” away from merely learning facts and figures about our faith, and instead started to think more holistically about a theology of education?
But at the core, the early Church was in the business (I know, it’s not actually a business, but work with me here...) of introducing people to the love of God in Christ Jesus, and building community flowing out from that lov…
The church today is not so unlike Luke’s audience. As we invite new neighbors and speak to new people, we are less and less able to presume a common vocabulary of faith or a common set of agreed-upon hopes.
Sure, Jesus fed people who were hungry and healed people that were sick, but in these chapters of Luke we get the sense that Jesus just wanted to sit down for a meal and get to know people.
By Janice Ford
For Janice Ford and Peter Kosciusko, their commitment to the full recovery and rehabilitation of men incarcerated in the local county jail was the catalyst for the transformation of the rectory at their Episcopal Church into …
At what point do we stop dreaming about what we can be and do?