Congregational Development

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The Bishop’s Office supports churches and congregations as they plan for growth and actively seek out new members. Ann Fleming works with congregations  in the midst of leadership transitions,  conducts the Church Development Institute, an intensive leadership training program for lay and clergy leadership, and conducts other workshops and conferences to equip and encourage healthy leadership around the diocese.

Spring Leadership Workshops 2018

The Office of Congregational Development offers workshops and development opportunities designed to appeal to a wide range of congregations and their needs. In addition to curation of online resources, we host Spring Leadership Workshops for Vestries and Bishop’s Committees to allow them to understand their responsibilities and offer the chance to work with experienced Diocesan leaders to provide some hands-on practice.

Vestry 101

“What is vestry service? What is it not?”

Through this workshop, you will leave with an understanding of:

  • Why this work matters
  • Expectations and canonical requirements
  • General principles of leadership
  • Concrete responsibilities
  • Ways to structure meetings
  • Group development and how to handle disagreement

Workshops will be facilitated by a team of experienced congregational leaders and will incorporate small group breakouts focusing on leadership differences across the diocese. Cost: $20.

Below are some useful resources for all congregations – particularly for new vestry or bishop’s committee members, and for congregations about to undergo leadership transitions.

Leadership Resources

Becoming Renewing Leaders

Stewardship of Leadership

Adaptive Leadership

An Overview of Corporate Relationships in the Episcopal Church for Church Leaders

Tips for Leadership Discernment


About Search Process

Search Process Overview

Rector Transitions Options

Journey Through Change


Interviewing Candidates

Mission Search

Discernment Tips

Putting Together a Parish Profile

Community Portfolio Worksheet

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