By Yein Kim
The Gathering, a ministry of The Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles, is a space for Asian Pacific American spirituality. In A New Gathering for Asian Pacific American Spirituality, the Rev. Yein Kim describes the ministry and h…
In this hyper-digital, connected-but-disconnected day and age, the church that finds a way to connect people to people so that everyone has someone to walk with them and represent Christ will not only be counter-cultural but …
By Brenda Husson and Ryan Fleenor
How significant is spiritual growth for a parish community? In When ‘Fine’ Isn’t Enough, Brenda Husson and Ryan Fleenor share their experience of partnering with RenewalWorks to markedly deepen and transform the spiritual liv…
By Charis Bhagianathan
While discipleship can be a deeply personal journey for many of us, our faith communities often play a crucial role in that journey. In this issue, we bring you articles on the intersection of community and discipleship, shar…
By Margarita Gomez
What events started you on a path to discipleship? In a deeply personal reflection, The Gift of Giving, Margarita Gomez Posada tells us about her relationship with Jesus, and how experiencing the spirituality of giving played…
By Charis Bhagianathan
Discipleship is one of our core values at the Episcopal Church Foundation. While there are several ways to understand and approach discipleship, we define it as: a state of being; an intentional Christian commitment to baptis…
By John Maher
How does discipleship intersect with mission? In Transitioning to a Network of Missional Communities, John Maher shares his personal journey as a vicar, and his work with three missional communities to deepen the discipleship…
By Phyllis Jones
How can we be better disciples with regard to how we use our gifts? How can your mission be at the heart of your budget? In Mission-based Budgeting: A Loving, Liberating, Life-Giving Practice (Part 2), Phyllis Jones shares he…
By Bill Campbell
What does it take to truly be like Jesus? In What is Discipleship?, Bill Campbell explores how discipleship involves encounters with and proximity to Jesus that lead us to modelling our lives after him.
By Jay Sidebotham
Building up leaders who can get people moving and create a culture of discipleship in their communities requires intentional work. In Leading for Discipleship, Jay Sidebotham explains how important it is for leaders to be com…
Setting aside the content for a moment, I’d like to focus on the delivery device: a letter.
By Lisa Kimball
What does the experience of being baptized in the world look like for you? In Walking Wet, Lisa Kimball explains what baptism means in her everyday life and invites us to be disciples who are perpetually ‘wet’ in the waters o…
In all that, let us also share our faith with each other. Your story may be just the thing a sister or brother needs to be encouraged.
Autumn’s annual return means that most congregations are starting to put together financial plans for next year.
Steven Tomlinson recently wrote an article for ECF Vital Practices to help people better understand their relationship with money.
Scott Gunn shares his thoughts on preaching along with a reflection of a recent webinar.
By Juan Carabaña
Juan Carabaña shares how practicing discipleship often means meeting others in difficult places of pain and need.
By Jay Sidebotham
Jay Sidebotham shares the role of leaders – both lay and clergy – in building more meaningful discipleship.
By Steven Tomlinson
“If money were my god, how would I know?” Steven Tomlinson suggests small, intentional changes to improve our money behaviors and practice financial discipleship.
This month we offer five resources on discipleship. Please share this digest with new members of your vestry and extend an invitation to subscribe to ECF Vital Practices to receive Vestry Papers and the monthly digest.