Asset Based Community Development in the Congregation
The Ven. Gary Brown, Archdeacon and Deacon Phina Borgeson
Asset Based Community Development is an approach to community engagement that centers on the belief that individuals, groups, and communities have the gifts they need to address the needs they see around them. This mindset is a powerful tool for joining people together to discover their common assets and organize their work for the common good. The ABCD approach is one that many in our diocese, particularly many of our deacons and groups focused on diaconal ministry, have found useful and wish to share more broadly. You’ll leave with concrete tools for identifying and mapping the assets in your congregation and larger community, and ways to learn more about this way of engaging with the people around you.
You can select your workshops at the event. Workshops will include:
"What Have I Gotten Myself Into?" An Introduction to Vestry/Mission Committee Ministry for First-time Members
Bishop Barry Beisner
*Please note that this is is a 2-part workshop
The ministry of the Vestry/Mission Committee leadership is critical to the health and vitality of a congregation. Bishop Beisner will share his vision for this leadership and practical resources for first-time Vestry/Mission Committee members.
Organizing for Effective Action: Best Practices for Organizing Vestry/Mission Committee Meetings
The Rev. Canon Andrea McMillin
Doing what you’ve always done can be comfortable, but sometimes it can result in an ineffective or frustrating Vestry/Mission Committee experience. Step back, review your needs, goals, and learning styles, and learn about best practices for structuring and running excellent meetings.
Toxic Charity and Community Engagement
The Rev. Anne Clarke, Lifelong Christian Formation Coordinator
How can we engage with and serve the communities around us without succumbing to the often toxic dynamics of charity and service? And how can we better choose community engagement practices that honor each person’s dignity and agency? Join Anne Clarke, Lifelong Christian Formation Coordinator, for a discussion of our spring Bishop’s Book, Toxic Charity, by Robert Lupton, along with other resources that can help us act more intentionally and healthfully in this area of our Christian life.
Benedictine Spirituality: Strengthening Your Congregation’s Life Together
The Rev. Canon Andrea McMillin and The Rev. Anne Clarke
Stability (finding God in the place where we are); Obedience (listening to God); Conversion of life (an expectation and openness to the new work that God is doing in our midst): These elements of Benedictine spirituality provide a dynamic framework for our life together in Christian community. Join us for an in-depth discussion of how this College for Congregational Development’s model of this ancient and contemporary way of life can help us to
- Look for God in our communities as they exist now
- Learn new ways to listen for God’s call to us through prayer, silence, Scripture, and community conversation
- Support and encourage each other as we act in response to God’s call
We will try out activities and practices that you can adapt and take home to your congregation to continue this work.
Community Resiliency and the Asset Map
Ms. Margaret Dunning, Diocesan Disaster Coordinator
When a crisis hits we want to help. We will go over disaster preparedness and response and learn how the asset map can help you plan. Strengthen your church’s ability to respond in times of flood, fire, or other crisis.
Communicating the Good News
Ms. Paula Schaap, Communications Director
Our communities want to hear from us on matters of faith, but there are so many ways to communicate in our digital age, that it's hard to choose what will work best. We'll start with what makes a good story and then discuss the best media to use to get the good news heard, and how to go about it.
Financial Best Practices and Employee Benefits Resources
Ms. Lisa Bruno, Director of Finance and Adminstration and Ms. Tamoya Bell, Benefits Coordinator and Accounting Specialist
Church Treasurers, Administrators and those with financial and administrative responsibilities interested in financial best practices and employee benefits resources can hear about key elements of The Episcopal Church Manual of Business Methods in Church Affairs, the 2017 Treasurer’s Monthly Report (TMR) form and instructions, Parochial Report filing, risk management, and employee benefits information from the Administration and Finance team.