What we hope to offer in this set of sixteen commitments is a vision of what it looks like for a congregation to thrive by being committed to discipleship, justice, innovation, and their own vital practice of love. None of it requires a congregation to have a big building, a big budget, or a paid staff. All of it is more about process than product: how we be together, rather than what we accomplish. We hope this vision gives you a good dose of clarity: what it means to be church is pretty simple. Not easy, but simple. … More A Church that Looks, Acts, and Loves like Jesus
Put your calling into practice.
Both the explicit curriculum and the unspoken values and culture of a congregation speak about what it means to be a follower of Jesus. In the perennial Christian argument between faith and works, Episcopalians have asserted that the two are not separate: they inform each other, as praying shapes believing, and vice versa. … More Showing up, Shaped by Jesus
Deacons are a crucial part of the fabric of our church – yet Episcopalians often have divergent views of who deacons are called to be and what they’re called to do. For good reason: The Church has understood the ministry of deacons in several differing ways in the past century and a half! … More The Diaconate, Diakonia, and Why They Matter to the Church
What's it like to be part of the School for Formation? Hear from two participants about their experiences.