What We Do
We listen, we advise, we connect, we encourage.
Every congregation is unique and each situation will present its own challenges and possibilities. The Church Support Team helps congregations to gain perspective through an honest assessment of their current situation. We then join with congregational leaders to discover what options are available and realistic, and provide a non-anxious presence while the congregation discerns how God's mission and ministry will play out in the common life. The team brings experience, resources, stories and hope to congregations struggling to find the next steps.
We can provide legal, administrative, and financial specialists as well as conflict management and dispute resolution.
How to get Help
The Church Support Team is committed to supporting any congregation experiencing a financial, building, worship, or leadership crisis. We are most effective when we are contacted early -- while the greatest number of options are still available. We respond to requests from clergy, vestries and mission committees.
The Church Support team is also designated to aid congregations designated as “Special Focus Parishes” under Sec. 32.10 of our canons in developing a course of action, and making recommendations to the Bishop and Standing Committee about the future shape and structure of the parish. (Resolution pending for 2012 Diocesan Convention)