Congregational Life

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.

Congregational Assessment Tool

In an effort to support each congregation’s vitality, the Episcopal Diocese of San Diego is conducting surveys of every faith community using the Congregational Assessment Tool (CAT). Approximately one-quarter of all congregations have already taken the CAT as part of their rector search or in an effort to discern the way forward with future ministry. Our diocese sponsored a training for CAT interpreters last October. These trained interpreters help congregations understand their CAT results, particularly as they relate to vitality, strengths and weaknesses, and help congregations plan for the future.

To learn more about the CAT, please visit:

To arrange for your congregation to take the CAT, please contact The Rev. Canon Gwynn Lynch.


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Leader Resources

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