From the Office of the Bishop

Everything listed under: the Rev. Canon Britt Olson

  • Canon Britt's sabbatical

    Canon Britt begins sabbatical July 29 The practice of sabbatical for clergy has become normative over the past twenty years. Its purpose is to allow for rest, reflection, deeper learning, reconnection and renewal. My first sabbatical in 2005 focused on congregational development, new and emerging models for church and ways to become more deliberately intercultural.

  • ECBF Builds Beautiful New Site

    by Canon Bobbi Yeo After many months of work, the Episcopal Church Building Fund (ECBF) has launched a new website: www.ecbf.org. The Episcopal Church Building Fund was created 120 years ago to support the building of new churches, primarily as a part of the western expansion of the Episcopal Church. Been there, done that.

  • Challenged Congregations Find Support

    by the Rev. Canon Britt Olson As the economy continues to struggle and church attendance and membership decline, many congregations in the Diocese of Northern California are finding it difficult to maintain operations, staff and property. The stress and anxiety can be disempowering and may create paralysis and denial.

  • A Conference for Small Churches

    by the Rev. Canon Britt Olson I want to bring to your attention a wonderful opportunity for small churches in our Diocese. The revived “Start Up!

  • Every Congregation Can Be Healthy

    by the Very Rev. Jeff Frost of All Saints', Redding The work of developing healthy and vital congregations is supported by the Congregational Vitalization Committee (CVC). Members serve both individually and as a team as consultants for Strategic Planning, Vestry/Mission Committee  Retreats, Leadership Development,  Mutual Ministry Review, growing through conflict and revitalization and new ministry development.

  • Making a Fresh Start

    article and photo by the Rev. Canon Britt Olson Newly ordained clergy as well as those who have recently made a transition into a new position gather regularly for a two-year program called “Fresh Start.”  Nearly 70 dioceses utilize this program, sponsored by The Episcopal Church Foundation, the Office of Transition Ministry and the CREDO Institute. Recently the current group gathered for an overnight meeting at St.

  • Engage in Mutual Ministry Review

    One of the “best practices” for healthy and vital congregations of any size is a regular process of planning and evaluating  ministry, programs and relationships.  For 15 years, annual Mutual Ministry Review (MMR) has been both an expectation and a resource for every church in the Diocese of Northern California. MMR is designed, among other things, to “provide clergy and congregational leaders with the opportunity to assess how well they are fulfilling their responsibilities to each ot...

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