Organizational Leadership

The College for Bishops Leadership Institute was established to provide educational resources for new bishops as well as trending information resources for all bishops.  Organizational Leadership focuses on specific resources related to essential leadership skills: 

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Team Building


Vestry as a Life-Giving Team

Life-giving teams build community and synergy around a higher purpose while utilizing the gifts of each member of the team. is kind of a team doesn’t just sort of happen. It is the consequence of a process of careful selection, intentional development and team leader training. This article is part of the Episcopal Church Foundation Vital Practices January 2019 Vestry Papers issue on Vestry as Team.


Bodega Advent Project in New York uses art to connect two congregations with neighborhood stores

As humble places of welcome for all, bodegas are becoming paragons of Advent in Ridgewood and neighboring Bushwick in Brooklyn. Two Episcopal congregations that share a building -- Bushwick Abbey, a five-year-old worshipping community, and its host church, Iglesia de la Santa Cruz -- are teaming up to make it happen. They’re using the season to honor bodega hospitality through a combination of art, technology and public liturgy in an initiative called the Bodega Advent Project. This article from Faith & Leadership highlights the project.


The Secrets of Highly Successful Groups

Daniel Coyle, New York Times bestselling author of The Talent Code, visits the RSA after going inside some of the most effective organisations in the world. He not only explains what makes such groups tick, but also identifies the key factors that can generate team cohesion in any walk of life. He examines the verbal and physical cues that bring people together, and determines specific strategies that encourage collaboration and build trust. And he offers cautionary tales of toxic cultures and advises how to reform them, above all demonstrating the extraordinary achievements that result when we know how to cooperate effectively.

The Kuhnekt Initiative builds relationships among church members

Inspired by the Christian directive to go out in pairs, the Grove Presbyterian Church launched the Kuhnekt Initiative in June 2016. The Grove formed twosomes by picking the names of church members out of a bowl. Each pair was then given simple instructions: At least once a month, share a conversation -a meal, an outing, a walk in the park. Learn each other’s life stories -- your joys, your challenges, your hopes, your fears. Preserve your budding friendship with a selfie.

The Seven Habits of Tech-Savvy Teams

Tech-savvy teams do more with less. They don’t create more work, headaches, hassles, and problems. They reduce challenges in their personal lives, so when they come together to team up, they’re free to create. The average workplace and team is anti-technological. They are usually steeped in physical and mental sickness. But that doesn’t have to be the case. Fostering healthy, tech-savvy teams is possible with the right habits.

Designing a Staff Team for Ministry

Whether you’re working from the ground up to build an organizational structure where none existed or working with a broken structure inherited from a predecessor, there are basic design features which need to be addressed and resolved.  This article from Alban explores several different church leadership models for division of labor and decision making within teams.

The health and vitality of the Episcopal Church depends on the effectiveness of its lay+clergy leadership teams. In January 2014 the Episcopal Church Foundation (ECF) launched a new initiative called Vital Teams, the longterm vision of which is of an Episcopal Church where all congregations, regardless of size or budget, can receive highly effective team leadership training tailored to their specific situation. This webinar provides participants a glimpse of the Vital Teams 101 training curriculum, including a discussion of three areas that good teams are constantly balancing effectively: relationships, process, and results.

50 Ways to Increase Active Engagement

The latest offering from Lewis Center for Church Leadership's popular "50 Ways" series provides strategies and best practices for getting and keeping people in our congregations involved and engaged.


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