Resources

Resources

A few commonly requested resources:

Handbook for Licensed Lay Ministries, including application forms – posted on the Commission on Ministry page

Forms related to discernment about ordination

Constitution and Canons – current and past versions are posted on the Committee’s page

 

Context – Learn about your area

Episcopal Church data Research and Statistics from The Episcopal Church, including reports for each congregation and community profiles from “Mission Insite.”   Census information Census information can give insight into more than just population. Take a look at some of their interactive maps and data tools. Here area few that may be helpful in understanding your area. Income and poverty information, including this map, which can be viewed by county or by school district: Response Outreach Area Mapper If your area has a low…
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For Vestries

Resources from the Episcopal Church Episcopal Church Foundation’s Vital Practices – this site includes “Vestry Papers,” a compilation of articles and other resources for best practices shared by vestry members in churches all across the Episcopal Church. You can subscribe to their emails to keep up to date. A resource website from The Episcopal Church: “Mission Centered Episcopalians Networking for Ministry” Watch a webinar, live or archived, on topics from creating endowments to planting churches. The diocesan offices has about…

For Treasurers and Business Managers

Manual of Business Methods in Church Affairs (2012) Diocesan Budget Both budget-related resolutions were passed without amendment by the Diocesan Convention. View or download at the links below. 2017 Table of Assessments 2017-2019 Triennial Budget General Convention Budget Look up info from current or past General Convention Budget IRS and Tax Related 2016-Federal Reporting Requirements for Episcopal Churches (a Church Pension Fund publication) Mileage rate – 54.5 cents for 2018 (Note: this is an increase from last year) Audit or Internal Audit – Due Sept 1…

Communications Resources

General “3 Things Every Church Should Have in the Digital World” by Susan Kleinwechter. Digital technology offers many tools for communicating your church’s ministry to visitors and to members. Although there are many things a church can do online, there are three foundational things that every church should have in the digital world – a website, domain-name email, and a email marketing service. Other things should follow these three. Websites Getting Started Church Websites 101: Don’t Start with the Web…

For Parish Administrators

More Resource Pages on this website (No password needed for these pages): Education – lots of links (organized by age or season of the church year) for curricula, lesson plans, video series studies, resources to check out from the diocesan library, and more. Business and Finance – where to find things like the current diocesan budget, table of assessments, and various financial-related tasks and deadlines, such as when and how to complete a parish audit. Safe Church – Information about…
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For Teachers

Diocesan Library – You are welcome to check out educational resources from the diocesan library, located in the conference room of the diocesan offices. Call 817-534-1900 for more information or to ask whether we have a particular resource you’re looking for. Check out Lesson Plans that Work, an excellent resource of the Episcopal Digital Network. The Episcopal Church website’s Library includes a variety of resources in several media. Use the “+Topics” menu to search by topic or look under “Resources” for bulletin…
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Safe Church Training

Relationships are the foundation of Christian ministry and central to the life of the church. When Jesus said, “Let the little children come,” we are confident that they, along with crowds and others close to him, felt included, unafraid, and transformed in God’s love. In The Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth, we pledge by our baptismal vows to “…strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being”. Relationships in ministry should be experienced…
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Racial Justice and Reconciliation

Diocesan Training for Racial Justice & Reconciliation Resources Racial Reconciliation resource page on The Episcopal Church website The Episcopal Church’s repudiation of the Doctrine of Discovery and resources about its effects Resources page from the Diocese of Chicago Becoming Beloved Community: The Episcopal Church’s Long-term Commitment to Racial Healing, Reconciliation and Justice. (View a summary) Leaders call on Episcopalians to heal ‘pain of racial injustice, division’ – Text of March 12, 2016 letter. Church NExt Online Courses Racial Justice series with…
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Disasters: Preparedness, Relief and Recovery

Other resources and information Federal Resources FEMA’s disaster assistance website offers a lookup tool where you can enter an address to find out whether the area is part of a federally declared disaster. If so, there is a survey form to help determine which types of programs you could apply for. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention – protecting your health in different types of disasters or emergencies, including natural disasters, disease outbreaks, and chemical, nuclear or biological hazards. National Flood…
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Episcopal Asset Map

The individuals, churches, and institutions of The Episcopal Church represent an abundance of gifts. The Episcopal Asset Map is meant to connect people – both within the Church and in the broader community – to these gifts and thereby promote the sharing of ideas and information. Fort Worth Episcopal asset map The map, zoomed in to our diocese, will help you find churches here who may already be doing work that interests you – there is no need to reinvent…