Grow. Your. Church. Your Diocesan Church Growth NewsletterFull of tips, profiles, and valuable information focused on growing congregations by building disciples, the current issue of the newsletter is available here.
Way of St. Paul Season III—Come-and-See ExperienceSaturday, February 23—St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, Pennington 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.—FREE (Includes Materials, Lunch, and Coaching Session) How to Register Be sure to register each member of the team by noon on February 18 for the February 23 event. Here’s the link to register. See you there!
Certified Growth Coach Training—Come-and-See SessionSaturday, February 16—Grace-St. Paul Episcopal Church, Mercerville 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.—FREE (Includes Materials, Snacks, and Lunch) Register Now
Lenten Program 2018This Lenten series, prepared for the Diocese of New Jersey by Rev. Marshall Shelly, Rector of St. Peter’s Church, Spotswood, is intended to offer to faith communities an opportunity to delve more deeply into reflection and discernment on our mutual, common call to follow Jesus while at the same time becoming “fishers of people.” Faith cannot exist away from community, and it cannot be sustained without being offered. We will use a re-commitment to daily prayer and meditation for individuals and households, coupled with community-focused time of weekly reflection on the broader calls and costs of discipleship. Learn more the program in this introduction. Each week in Lent will be designated with a particular theme: Week One: The Appearance of Christ at Our Side Week Two: The Cost of Discipleship, Imagined and Real Week Three: Casting Our Nets Week Four: Letting Go of Our Old Nets for New Week Five: Following, Immediately Supplemental Materials
The Way of St. Paul
Your Church Growth “Dream Team”The key to turning around your church or building it for the future is skilled and knowledgeable leadership. The Way of St. Paul, our flagship diocesan church growth program, rests on this powerful principle. Over an 18 month period, each Way of St. Paul congregation fields a team of 6-10 people, including the clergyperson in charge. (Teams from small congregations can be even smaller.) During that time, they learn how to function as a team, motivate healthy change in a congregation, and execute growth-oriented projects specific to the congregation. Along the way, each team member will grow in his or her own spiritual life, deepen relationships with each other and with God, and learn valuable leadership skills applicable to every area of life. The ultimate goal? Form disciples of Jesus Christ for the 21st century in our Anglican/Episcopal tradition. Learn more about the Way of St. Paul’s.
Presentations and RetreatsThe Department of Congregational Development and Mission provides a wide variety of regional trainings and presentations for vestries and church leadership teams. Topics include:
- Church Growth in the 21st Century
- Applying Adaptive Leadership Techniques
- Using Appreciative Inquiry to Energize a Congregation
- Becoming a Disciple-Making Community
- Mastering Mission/Mission Clarity
- Shared Ministries and Mergers
The Canon for Congregational Development and Mission: The Rev. Cn. Dr. Rob DrosteAs someone who was a parish priest for 14 years, I know how challenging it can be to grow a congregation. Sometimes even the best efforts don’t produce the outcomes we had hoped for. The work can be quite discouraging at times. There’s no silver bullet or magic wand to wave. Still, even the most challenged congregation can find new joy, energy and passion in its Christian journey. We can grow in numbers and resources, as we:
- Discover (or re-discover) what God is up to in our neighborhoods
- Enter (or re-enter) into active participation with what God is doing
- Boldly re-claim the principle that God is interested in making disciples of Jesus Christ, and that God invites us to join in that effort