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


Diversity & Inclusion: A Local Experiment

The challenge with diversity is that it doesn’t go far enough, because to only give someone place and space in your community doesn’t mean that they are fully included and integrated into the community. Olu Brown writes about his church’s journey toward inclusion in this introduction to his book 4D Impact: Smash Barriers Like a Smart Church.

How showing vulnerability helps build a stronger team

If you’d like trust to develop in your office, group or team — and who wouldn’t? — the key is sharing your weaknesses, says business writer Daniel Coyle. At some level, we intuitively know that vulnerability tends to spark cooperation and trust. But we may not realize how well this process works, particularly when it comes to group interactions.


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.


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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