Making Disciples | Building Congregations | For the Life of the World
iSeek from the Episcopal Diocese of Missouri
Thursday, August 9, 2018
Thriving Ministry in Smaller Churches workshop
The Episcopal Diocese of Missouri invites clergy and lay leaders to a workshop with Stephanie Caro of Ministry Architects, designed to help smaller churches build a sustainable future of ministry with children, youth, and families. 

Come remember how wonderful it is to be a smaller church! Discover how to maximize the advantages, minimize the disadvantages, and grow into the necessary critical mass needed for healthy ministry.

Stephanie Caro has been involved in ministry to children, youth, and adults in the local church (both large and small) since…a long time ago. Her humorous, straightforward style keeps her busy presenting and coaching at conferences, training events, camps, mission trips, retreats, churches, etc. She is now Senior Consultant for Ministry Architects, which allows her to help churches assess, vision, and formulate their ministry game plan.

Her books, Thriving Youth Ministry in Smaller Churches and 99 Thoughts for the Smaller Church Youth Worker, were published by Group/Simply Youth Ministry. Her latest book, Smaller Church Youth Ministry: No Staff, No Money, No Problem, was published by United Methodist Publishing House in December of 2016. Her next book, Ten Solutions (to 10 Common Mistakes in Smaller Churches), comes out in 2018. Stephanie is a contributing author to several ministry resources like YouthWorker Journal and Group Magazine. Check out Stephanie's blogs at,, Princeton Theological Seminary, and others.



A new ministry partnership announced

Beginning in September, St. Luke's Church in Manchester and Church of the Good Shepherd in Town & Country will enter into a ministry partnership.

Following several weeks of prayerful planning and conversation, with guidance from the Office of the Bishop, the vestries of both congregations have organized a shared clergy leadership plan. Beginning September 1, the Rev. Earl Mahan, currently serving as priest-in-charge at St. Luke's, will begin serving as priest-in-charge of both St. Luke's and Church of the Good Shepherd. Likewise, beginning September 1, the Rev. Maria Evans, currently serving as the interim priest at Church of the Good Shepherd, will become assistant priest of both parishes.

This partnership is not a merger of the two churches, each congregation will maintain its autonomy and continue to perform ministry in the unique ways in which each is called. This partnership will allow both churches to maximize their resources, both from a financial perspective as well as from a personnel and ministry perspective.

The shared ministry relationship will be entered into on a trial basis, for nine months, beginning in September of this year through May of 2019. At the end of the trial period, the shared relationship will be evaluated by the leadership of both parishes, in consultation with the office of the bishop, to determine whether it should continue.

A Shared Leadership Council will be created to help oversee the transition and make recommendations to the vestries of both parishes as needed. The council membership will be comprised of the priest-in-charge, the Senior and Junior Wardens of both parishes, the Treasurer of both parishes, and one at-large member from each parish, appointed by the parish's vestry, but not necessarily a vestry member.

On Sundays August 19 (St. Luke's) and 26 (COGS), Maria and Earl will jointly lead worship at both churches and introduce the shared leadership model to both congregations. Beginning Sunday, September 2, they begin a schedule of alternating Sundays for both parishes.

It is a time of optimism and the people of Good Shepherd and St. Luke's ask for your prayers of support for their ministries and priests.

More from the August St. Luke's newsletter and Good Shepherd's July update.


building congregations

It's a service called "The Renewal of Ministry and the Welcoming of a New Rector or Other Pastor," and it comes at a very special time in the life of a congregation. After previous leadership has left, after a period of the church discerning who they are and what they are looking for in leadership, after a period of interviews and an accepted call, after the work of getting to know one another and dream forward in ministry, the bishop leads our celebration with a service of renewed ministry between the congregation and their new priest.

And we have a few coming up!

  • Wed, Aug 22, 2018, 6:30pm. The Rev. Rebecca Ragland and St. Paul's Episcopal Church-Carondelet, 6518 Michigan Ave, St. Louis 63461
  • Wed, Sep 5, 2018, 7:00pm. The Rev. Jennifer Hulen and Emmanuel Episcopal Churc, 9 S. Bompart, Webster Groves 63119
  • Wed, Sep 26, 2018 6:30pm. The Rev. Ian Lasch and Grace Episcopal Church-Jefferson City, 217 Adams St., Jefferson City 65101


Clergy conference: Baptism!

2018 Clergy Conference, October 2-4, will be led by the Bishop's Baptism Task Force. Presentations include: Cool Stuff in Current Practices; Dreaming about Enrichment: Playfulness and Best Practices; Baptism in the Diocese: Practicalities, Resources, and Recommendation.

  • Register online
  • Registration deadline: September 24, 2018
  • Cost: $100.00
  • Questions about childcare, etc., please contact Rita Benson at, or 314-255-1384


JesusHacked podcast: Baptism- Getting Personal

What happens at our baptism? What it was like for the ancient Christians? How can we, today, understand our worship through the lens of baptism–and does it make a difference? It's a topsy-turvy JesusHacked podcast where producer Beth Felice, the usually silent team member, interviews podcast host Dan Handschy on understanding our baptism.



Upcoming, please register!


The Diocese of Northern California Disaster Relief Team and Episcopal Relief and Development information regarding both the Carr and Mendocino Complex fires.  Both fires are considered megafires as they are over 100,000 acres each.


Episcopal Church Grant program to be developed to support congregations' grassroots work on racial healing, article on ENS. "The 2019-2021 church budget includes $750,000 for the grants, much less than the $5 million recommended by D002, but these initiatives – such as forums, workshops and informal gatherings – often don't need a lot of money to become viable and thrive...The money will be in addition to the more than $1.2 million in United Thank Offering grants announced in July for 34 projects. This year's round of UTO grants were focused on racial healing, reconciliation and justice."




Into paradise may the angels lead you.
At your coming may the martyrs receive you,
and bring you into the holy city Jerusalem

The Rev. Kevin Selle died Monday evening, August 6.
We pray for Kevin and his wife Jackie, for their family, for the people of St. Francis' Church, Eureka.

The service of Christian Burial for Kevin will be on Wednesday, August 15, 2018 at 2:00 pm at St. Francis Church, 602 Rockwood Arbor Drive in Eureka, 63025.

Even at the grave, we make our song: Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.


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