Best Practices

Best Practices

A tag to collect policies as well as learning shared by people who attend various conferences and training.

Blessing of the Animals

St. Francis of Assisi, patron saint of animals and the environment, was born in Italy around 1181/1182. His Feast Day is October 4. Because Francis expressed his devotion to God through his love for all of God’s creation, praising all creatures as sisters and brothers under God, the custom of offering blessings of animals around or on his Feast Day grew up. Congregations in the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth will be offerings blessings of animals in a variety of settings including…

Transform your congregation’s newcomer ministry

How congregations Invite, welcome, and connect people are vital steps for building healthy, vibrant and growing churches. Several thousand clergy and lay leaders from across the country have attended the dynamic “Invite-Welcome-Connect” training offered by Mary Parmer, a laywoman in the Episcopal Diocese of Texas. Congregations that have put its principles into practice have seen sustained and measurable results, as well as new energy and spirit in the congregation. Read more about Parmer and her ministry. Trinity Episcopal Church, Fort…

“God’s Geeks” help bridge the digital divide

Trinity Episcopal Church recently held another “God’s Geeks” session to educate parishioners about online communications and help them master their digital devices. Folks who need a helping hand may contact the church to set up one-on-one appointments during dedicated “Geek” sessions. During these times, church volunteers are on-hand to troubleshoot and guide digital novices. Some volunteers are well-versed in Apple products; others specialize in PC or Android platforms. As users become more comfortable with their smartphones, tablets and laptops, volunteers…