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The Episcopal Church Foundation (ECF) is dedicated to assisting congregations to develop their leadership and financial resources. This coming month brings free web conferences on visioning, parish finances, year-round stewardship, and vestry orientation, all accessible via the web.

  • Vision & Planning (February 4, 2014, 6-7pm CT) – What is the difference between a congregation’s “mission” and its “vision”? What are the basic principles of a vision and planning process? This web conference is intended for individuals and groups who are new to vision and planning processes and will be led by ECF President Donald V. Romanik. Click here to learn more and register.
  • Basics of Parish Finances (February 5, 2014, 6-7pm CT) – How congregations spend their money is a clear indication of their understanding of mission and ministry. Building on how Jesus challenged us to consider proper use of our resources, this workshop will offer a broad overview of the most important aspects of parish finance and will share how your parish can improve in this vital aspect of its mission. Led by Jerry Keucher, ECF Consultant and Jim Murphy, ECF Managing Program Director. Click here to learn more and register.
  • Year Round Stewardship:  Talking About Money When You’re Not Asking for It (February 11, 2014, 6-7pm CT) – How do we engage the topic of money in a way that is fun, engaging and deeply spiritual? In this webinar focusing on the intersection of personal financial wellness and personal stewardship, you will learn how to engage discussion and reflection as a way to develop an individual theology of stewardship. Practical budgeting and saving skills for your parish and community included. Led by guest presenter Chris Harris, St. Paul’s Cathedral, San Diego, CA. Click here to learn more and register.
  • Vestry Orientation (February 18, 2014, 6-7pm CT) – This web conference will help you understand roles, responsibilities, and best practices for vestries. You will learn how to move your vestry from a focus on day-to-day management or crisis response to a more effective form of leadership. Designed for clergy, wardens, and vestry members, this webinar will explore the role of the vestry in selecting new leadership, orienting new members, planning and evaluation, and supporting staff and volunteers. Presented by ECF Program Director Miguel Escobar and Assistant Program Director Brendon Hunter. Click here to learn more and register.