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Your congregation can host the June 6-7 webcast of “Walking the Way,” the stewardship conference presented by The Episcopal Network for Stewardship (TENS). Vestries, stewardship teams, preachers, and Christian formation teams can learn from top stewardship practitioners. Four key one-hour workshops, plus worship and three keynote addresses, can be viewed live or delayed anytime in the month of June, for as little at $75 per site.
Safe church trainings are offered in multiple congregations around the diocese during May, June, and August, just in time for mission trips and vacation church school.
Starting in mid-May, Bexley Seabury seminary and ChurchNext are offering an eight-part series on the Episcopal Church’s Book of Common Prayer that will be easily available to anyone with a computer, tablet or smartphone and an internet connection. The classes can be used by individuals or by Christian formation classes, and promise to inspire lots of engaging conversation.
Do you want to nominate someone for election to the diocesan standing committee at the November 2014 diocesan convention? Do you have a resolution to place before the convention? Are you required to submit a report on your ministry’s activities to convention? Would you like to see an article of our diocesan constitution be revised? Do you think our diocese should vote to support an initiative at The Episcopal Church’s 2015 General Convention in Salt Lake City? If any of these are important to you, you need to know more about canonical deadlines.
For $75 to $150, you can bring the Atlanta-based annual conference of TENS (The Episcopal Network for Stewardship) to your parish hall, or anywhere else you have internet access. The Walking the Way conference can be accessed live in real-time, or delayed anytime between June 6 and June 29.
Clergy, lay employees, and lay leaders who deal with finance, employee insurance and pensions, and budgets will want to mark your calendars for September 10 and 11, when Church Pension Group (CPG) representatives will visit the Diocese of Fort Worth. The CPG presentations will cover a wide range of topics, selected to address the needs of people in the diocese.
Stewardship and adults under age 40 are the compelling focus of a Holy Conversation hosted by Brite Divinity School (http://brite.edu/) May 21-23 at the Bass Conference Center in the Harrison Building, 2925 Princeton Street, Fort Worth, Texas. “Let’s talk about connecting the church to young people and helping everyone connect their values to their spending,” reads the invitation from the Center for Faith and Giving, convener of the conversation.
Tuesday of Holy Week (April 15) is the date of the diocese’s annual “mass of collegiality,” or “Chrism Mass,” and all clergy are cordially invited to attend. The mass, to be celebrated at St. Luke’s in the Meadow, 4301 Meadowbrook Dr., Fort Worth, TX 76103 will begin at 11am, with Bishop Rayford High preaching and presiding.
Sign up today to attend “Growing Together in Faith – How Your Church Family Works,” April 4 and 5. The workshop will feature Peter Steinke and Ana Hernandez as presenters, and will offer an opportunity for your congregation’s leadership team to learn more about embracing change in order to grow.
Want to revitalize or start a campus ministry at a college near you? Want to help support college ministry across the diocese? Then come be part of the conversation, 2-4pm on March 22 at Trinity Episcopal Church, 3401 Bellaire Dr. South, Fort Worth, TX 76109.
For a reasonable investment of time and money, you can create a classic icon, learning this time-honored tradition from David Holland, retired Episcopal priest and long-time icon-writer.
Have you and your congregation discovered ChurchNext – safe online learning presented by expert teachers in scripture, liturgy, and important Christian topics, in engaging presentations that are convenient and affordable. The classes are available to anyone with a computer, a smart phone, or a tablet and access to the internet.
The Episcopal Church Foundation’s Vital Practices (ECFVP) website offers resources, inspiration, and instructional webinars to guide leaders in discernment, specific roles (senior warden, stewardship chair, etc.), and best practices (more efficient meetings, managing debt, etc.). You can receive a monthly newsletter via email, follow ECFVP on Facebook, or register to join with other leaders across the nation in a wide variety of online learning opportunities with experts and peers.
Sign up by Feb. 3 in order to reserve your box lunch at the Diocese of Fort Worth’s Feb. 8 “Reimagining Our Church” gathering. Episcopalians from throughout the diocese will join together reimagining the church for the future, and will be joined by honored guests the Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts-Schori, presiding bishop of The Episcopal Church, and the Rev. Gay Clark Jennings, president of the House of Deputies.
Peter Steinke will offer a two-part workshop for congregation leaders, “Growing in Faith Together – How Your Church Family Works,” April 4-5 and June 20-21. Steinke has suggested two books as foundational reading for teams who want to prepare for attending the workshop.
The Society of St. John the Evangelist (SSJE) has created a series of two- to three-minute videos as the catalysts for your daily Lenten reflection. Signing up on the SSJE website (for free!) will bring the video and a daily reflection question to your email in-box.