Congregational development resources

  • Vestry Resources: Vestry Papers is a resource of the Episcopal Church Foundation that provides practical leadership ideas for lay leaders. To order call (800) 697-2858 or go to their Web site at Vestry Resource Guide is also a resource of the Episcopal Church Foundation at This guidebook covers topics ranging from spirituality of leaders to stewardship. To order contact Forward Movement Publications at or call (800) 543-1813. Vestry Handbook by Christopher Webber is a Morehouse Publication in its second printing. It is as it says, a handbook for Vestries, and includes guidance on handling finances and position descriptions. For more information see
  • Link2Lead: The Diocese of Missouri, through PERCEPT, offers a free congregational leadership tool called Link2Lead. Users have to register, but registration has been prepaid by the Diocese so it is free to congregations. Here, you'll find insights into congregational leadership; tips and tools for building up a congregation, including demographical information on the neighborhoods served by your congregation; and news on the latest trends in the Church. To access this valuable tool click here or type in in your browser window.
  • Congregational Development Workshops. Deer Isle Workshops in: Trust Development; Shaping the Parish in Eucharistic Spirituality; Leadership Clinic; Contemporary & Ancient
  • Congregational Development E-List: The Congregational Development e-list includes over 450 leaders of parishes and dioceses, in the Anglican Church of Canada and the Episcopal Church discussing congregational development. Sign up through the Yahoo website at

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Canon to the Ordinary Joe Chambers,  ESM Dean the Rev. Dan Handschy