January 2022
Transformative Tools

Editor's Letter January 2022

Dear Friends,

The start of the new year is often heavy with the weight of expectations we place on ourselves. There is much to accomplish, achieve and the new year is almost willing us to get started. In this issue, we want to share with you all some transformative tools that will breathe life into your ministry and give you ideas and practical ways to lean into the new year with resources to support your important work.

The Latin@/Hispanic community is one of the fastest growing populations in the Episcopal Church and ECF has created several resources to support this thriving community. In ECF’s Spanish Language Resources, learn about all the resources at your disposal for congregations engaged in Latino/Hispanic ministry. This article is available in English and Spanish.

Is Hybrid church here to stay? In Hybrid Church – A Way Forward for Church Leaders, Tim Schenck presents ideas for what the post-pandemic church could look like if we engage in a radical rethinking and move from a survive to thrive mindset.

The Congregational Vitality Assessment (CVA) tool is designed to provide congregations with an assessment of their Vitality (how healthy they are) and their Sustainability (whether they have the people, financial, and contextual resources necessary to survive). The CVA is made available free to congregations of all denominations and religions by a partnership between The FaithX Project and the Episcopal Church Foundation. Access this groundbreaking Congregational Vitality Assessment Tool to gain insights into your congregation.

An Asset-based Approach to Engaging Church and Community is a process for engaging church and community centered around the belief that individuals, groups, and communities have the gifts to address the needs they see around them. Explore the resource and free training modules to equip congregations and mobilize assets in your communities and neighborhoods.

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Do you have an interesting story to share about how your church is doing ministry during this unusual time? We would love to hear it and share it with our community. If you have a story to share, please get in touch. We would love to hear from you.

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Have a blessed New Year!

Faithfully,

Charis Bhagianathan
Editor, ECF Vital Practices

This article is part of the January 2022 Vestry Papers issue on Transformative Tools