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At the diocesan level, we strive to develop, create and/or discover ways to enable congregations to:

  • Identify and serve the varied spiritual and material needs in their churches and their communities
  • Fulfill their Baptismal Covenant by learning what it means to become institutions of transformation
  • Find their vocation or call
  • Affirm God’s vast and varied creation and celebrate the fact that not all congregations grow in the same way
  • Value diversity as an aid in discerning the direction of parish growth, encourage risk-taking
  • Broaden the vision of ministry, in accordance with the Great Commission to include global mission teams and engage in local social justice activities
  • Develop, with the guidance of the Holy Spirit, methods of leadership training and growth strategies, including methods of managing change.

RenewalWorks: Where is God Calling you to Grow?

What is RenewalWorks and how can it help your church?

Through an anonymous online evaluation of each parishioner, and a series of guided workshop discussions with our staff, the RenewalWorks process helps churches (and the individuals in them) refocus on spiritual growth and identify ways that God is calling them to grow. The methodology has been tailored to the Episcopal tradition, adapting over 10 years of research that has uncovered key characteristics of flourishing congregations. It will inspire your congregation and leadership to rediscover who Jesus is, and what it means to follow him.

How does it work?

The RenewalWorks process begins with an anonymous, confidential, online survey (we call it the Episcopal Spiritual Life Inventory) taken by congregants, exploring that individual’s spiritual life. Individual responses are combined and viewed as a group, providing a snapshot of the spiritual vitality of the congregation based on research from more than 1,800 churches (of all denominations) and almost 500,000 congregants.

To learn more about RenewalWorks, please visit renewalworks.org.

To find out how to begin the RenewalWorks process, please contact Jason Evans.


Resources

How to Try: Design Thinking and Church Innovationby Lorenzo Lebrija
Scripture is full of examples encouraging us to try new works in the name of God. This book gives the exact tools and templates for how to do just that, and to find God in the failures as well as the successes.
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The Restoration Project by Christopher H. Martin
“The book weaves prayer, poetry, and art with contemporary stories of brokenness, joy, and discovery to guide the reader to a place of spiritual renewal.”
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Claiming Resurrection in the Dying Church: Freedom beyond Survival by Anna B. Olson
“Using her own experiences in a dying congregation, Olson encourages pastors to use this opportunity to explore new ways to minister, freely and selflessly, and provides a powerful model of what faithfulness to the gospel looks like”
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UntitledTweet If YouJesus by Elizabeth Drescher
Tweet If YouJesus brings the wisdom of ancient and medieval Christianity into conversation with contemporary theories of cultural change and the realities of social media, all to help churches navigate a landscape where faith, leadership, and community have taken on new meanings.”
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Pilgrim: A Course for the Christian Journey by Stephen Cottrell, Steven Croft, Paula Gooder, Robert Atwell, and Sharon Ely Pearson
“The Pilgrim program is an exciting and highly accessible set of educational resources for Episcopalians and other Christians, wherever they are in their spiritual journey.” – The Rev. Canon C. K. Robertson, Ph.D., Canon to the Presiding Bishop for Ministry Beyond the Episcopal Church
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ChurchNext

ChurchNext provides hundreds of online courses to invigorate your thinking and enrich your spiritual life. Great courses, and great instructors streamed right to your computer.

The Leadership Network

Strategies, programs, tools and resources to identify, connect and help high-capacity Christian leaders multiply their impact.

The Alban Institute

New research-based information and new ways to learn and minister more effectively within and outside faith communities.

The Episcopal Church Foundation Vital Practices

Provide strategies, practical tools, and proven evangelism and discipleship methods for every area of ministry and service in an Episcopal church.

The Work of the People

The Work of the People is an independent ecumenical platform that produces and publishes multimedia to stir imagination, spark discussion and move people toward discovery and transformation.

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