The Diocese of Missouri offers workshops and conferences for parish leaders on many different topics throughout each year. You will find resources from those events, as well as other resources of interest on this page.
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2022 Parochial Reports
The General Convention of The Episcopal Church requires ALL congregations to file a parochial report by March 1 of each year.
Get all the information you need to file your 2022 parochial report here:
Historical Land Acknowledgement
The following statement was crafted by the Rev. Leslie Scoopmire, Missioner for Indigenous Ministry Engagement, and the Rt. Rev. Deon Johnson, Bishop of the Diocese of Missouri. The Standing Committee approved the updated acknowledgement on September 22, 2022. We encourage our parishes and ministries to use this text during their worship services and other public events.
Click this button to download our Historical Land Acknowledgement Statement:
Mutual Ministry Review Guide
A Mutual Ministry Review is a disciplined time of reflection on how the life of a congregation is going, including a look at the goals for the congregation and the roles and responsibilities of those working toward those goals. The main purpose is to clarify objectives and consider how best to make changes that will lead to more effective ministry aimed at those shared goals.
Click this button to download a guide and fillable workbook:
Ministry Leadership Form
We ask each parish to complete this form once each year (along with updates when changes happen throughout the year) so we have accurate contacts for leadership trainings and special ministry events.
Click the button to go to the online form:
Bishop Deon Johnson has collected several examples of policies and guidelines your parish vestry can modify and personalize to suit your needs.
Click the headline to select and download resources:
Click to download examples of policies and guidelines that can be modified and personalized for your congregation:
- Alcohol Usage Policy
Please note: Your congregation's alcohol policy must also contain all the elements of our Diocesan Alcohol Policy.
- Financial Policies & Procedures
- Key Policy
- Vestry Covenant
- Vestry Responsibility
- Vestry Stewardship Statement
- Welcome to the Vestry
Small Group Gathering Strategies:
The Rev. Canon Whitney Rice has put together effective tips for planning and managing successful small group gatherings.
Click the headline to read and/or download her strategies:
Small Group Gatherings
There are 4 “dials” you can turn up or down to influence how successful your small group gathering will be:
Dial #1: Accessibility
Turn this dial down as much as possible. Lower the barrier to entry as far as you can.
- How easy is it to register for the group?
- How many channels of communication have you used to invite participation? (Remember that one-on-one invitation brings the highest chance of success.)
- Is this just for congregation members or are non-members invited? How have you equipped your members to recruit non-members?
- How will people get their materials for the gathering? (book, workbook, training or orientation if it’s a service project)
- Is there a cost? Is there scholarship assistance available?
- What is the time commitment for participation? Best practice is an hour-long meeting once a week for 6-8 weeks, followed by a break and then an invitation to reengage
- What is the participating population in this group? How will you attend to different needs based on literacy, internet or technology access, physical or cognitive abilities?
- Are you providing different times/places/models for different ages and stages of life? Are you thinking about driving after dark for older members? Child care for younger members? During the workday vs. evening vs. weekend? If you want this group to be intergenerational, how can you attend to all of these elements?
- How are you attending to different learning styles?
- How are you attending to dynamics of race and gender?
- How have you communicated the gathering location? What is the parking situation like and how have you prepared people for that? (particularly relevant for rotating between parishioners’ homes)
- What is your inclement weather policy?
- Have you oriented people to the location of the restrooms or other facilities as they arrive?
- Is the zoom link set up well ahead of time and easily accessible?
- Do you have a tech troubleshooter identified ahead of time?
Dial #2: Atmosphere
Turn this dial up as high as possible. Place yourself in the shoes of a participant and ask how to make this meeting as warm, safe, and inviting as possible physically, emotionally, and spiritually.
- Have you arrived early enough to adjust the temperature in the room?
- What is the lighting? Strive for “bright enough to read materials and see each other clearly” balanced with “not so bright it feels like you’re in an operating room”
- What is the furniture like? Is it accessible and comfortable for all body types and abilities?
- Are you serving refreshments? Have you taken dietary restrictions into account? It’s helpful to have water at a bare minimum, and coffee/tea if possible
- Creating a warm, inviting atmosphere on zoom requires extra intention
- Invite participants to light a candle (having oriented them ahead of time they will need one!)
- If your church has a stash of unused prayer shawls, make sure each participant has one and invite them to use it during each gathering
- Create a “goody bag” with art supplies, a book or pamphlet, snacks, etc. and mail it to them or have them pick it up at church ahead of time
- Utilize music and/or art to open and close gatherings—YouTube videos of a favorite hymn to open and Bishop Deon or Bishop Curry offering a blessing to close are good options
- Discern ahead of time or with the group whether the sessions will be recorded. Recording can make the content accessible to those who cannot attend every session. Not recording can creating a safer environment for confidentiality and deep sharing.
Dial #3: Skills
Turn up this dial gradually throughout the course of the small group sessions. Support the leaders and participants in building their skills and they will be better equipped to go deep together.
- What norms will govern this group?
- What types of confidentiality are expected?
- What level of sharing, “fixing,” holding open-ended questions, etc., will the group commit to?
- Are you as the group leadership setting the norms, suggesting them, or letting the group self-generate the norms?
- Will any topics be deliberately set aside and not discussed?
- What training are you providing to group leaders ahead of time?
- What is the dynamic/balance between clergy and lay leadership? How will this affect the nature of the group?
- Will leadership rotate among the group or stay consistent?
- If members want to lead, will they need to do administration (set up zoom meetings, set up space, etc.)? Or primarily facilitation content/discussion? Both?
- Free-form discussion groups with no particular goal require a different skill set from groups that are designed to move from Point A to Point B
Dial #4: Content
Dial up your content by discerning carefully ahead of time and taking into account feedback as you go.
- How will the content for this group be chosen? By the clergy? By lay leaders?
- If it’s a book, are there discussion questions already in the text? Will additional questions be generated by group leadership? Will members have access to those questions ahead of the meeting?
- What type of prep time is required for full participation in this group? How many hours a week will it take to read the book or watch the videos? Have you communicated that?
- Can people still participate fruitfully if they can’t put in much outside prep time?
- To what extent can you adjust the content as you go? If people are finding two chapters of a book too much for one week, can you dial it back? If the program isn’t working or people aren’t finding it valuable, can you switch to another curriculum?
Many congregations get small group ministry going by starting with a book group or Christian Formation curriculum. What’s next? How do you help people continue to go deeper in faith and begin to truly walk through life together? In a 6-8 week gathering, by session 4, invite the group to begin discerning what their next gathering might be. So perhaps after a week off, they regather for a 4 week service project ending in a fellowship opportunity, and then back to a book study, and then a Taize or Evening Prayer series, and begin to create a rhythm.
If you’d like additional help to build out your congregation’s small group ministry, please be in touch with The Rev. Canon Whitney Rice, Canon for Evangelism & Discipleship Development at [email protected]. Happy ministry!
Rural Ministries Colloquium:
Lay and clergy leaders from our rural congregations come together on June 26, 2021 to pool knowledge and strengths to enhance all our ministries.
Click the headline to open a list of resources from the Rev. Canon Whitney Rice:
Click on the links below or download this list.
Websites & Organizations: Books:
Rural Ministries Resources
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Websites & Organizations:
Vestry University Resources:
Diocesan staff and parish leaders came together on March 6, 2021, to offer a workshop on Vestry leadership.
Click each session title to open list of resources.
Eleventh Bishop of The Episcopal Diocese of Missouri Canon to the Ordinary Canon for Finance & Administration Canon for Evangelism & Discipleship Development Executive Assistant to the Bishop and Canon to the Ordinary Finance Assistant & Benefits Administration Receptionist & Administrative Assistant Diocesan Archivist & Registrar Director of Communications Archdeacon of The Diocese of Missouri Dean, Christ Church Cathedral Diocesan Chancellor Vice Chancellors Diocesan Treasurer Assistant to the Treasurer Standing Committee Chair Diocesan Council Vice-Chair Missioner for Creation Care and Stewardship Missioner for Hispanic / Latino Ministry Engagement Missioner for Indigenous Ministry Engagement Missioner for Jubilee Ministries Missioner for LGBTQIA+ Ministry Engagement Missioner for Racial Reconciliation and Social Justice Ministries Missioner for Rural Ministries Companion Diocese Chair Episcopal City Mission Episcopal Church Women Episcopal Recovery Ministries Province V Executive Board Representative
Vestry 101: Who ya gonna call?
The Rt. Rev. Deon K. Johnson
314-231-1220 / [email protected]
The Rev. Canon Doris Westfall
314-231-1220, ext. 1377 / [email protected]
314-231-1220, ext. 1371 / [email protected]
The Rev. Canon Whitney Rice
314-231-1220, ext. 1383 / wric[email protected]
314-231-1220, ext. 1370. / [email protected]
314-231-1220, ext. 1384
314-231-1220, ext. 1330 / [email protected]
Susan G. Rehkopf
314-230-1220, ext. 1375 / [email protected]
314-231-1220, ext. 1385 / 314-651-1843 (cell) / [email protected]
The Venerable Harry Leip
314-361-4655 / [email protected]
The Very Rev. Kathie Adams-Shepherd
314-255-1640 / [email protected]
314-2259-2706 / [email protected]
Al Ludwig, Andrew Bleyer, Jean Hamilton
314-231-1220 (contact diocesan office)
314-231-1220 (contact diocesan office)
314-231-1220 (contact diocesan office)
The Rev. Steve Lawler
The Rev. Kevin McGrane
The Rev. Dr. Valori Mulvey Sherer
The Rev. Leslie Scoopmire
The Rev. Deacon Barbi Click
The Rev. Shug Goodlow
The Rev. Aaron Rogers, Harrison Hagen Heil, Kurt Greenbaum
[email protected], [email protected], [email protected]
The Very Rev. Annette Joseph
The Rev. Deacon Deb Goldfeder
Beth Goad, Director
The Rev. Sally Weaver
Eleventh Bishop of The Episcopal Diocese of Missouri
Canon to the Ordinary
Canon for Finance & Administration
Canon for Evangelism & Discipleship Development
Executive Assistant to the Bishop and Canon to the Ordinary
Finance Assistant & Benefits Administration
Receptionist & Administrative Assistant
Diocesan Archivist & Registrar
Director of Communications
Archdeacon of The Diocese of Missouri
Dean, Christ Church Cathedral
Assistant to the Treasurer
Standing Committee Chair
Diocesan Council Vice-Chair
Missioner for Creation Care and Stewardship
Missioner for Hispanic / Latino Ministry Engagement
Missioner for Indigenous Ministry Engagement
Missioner for Jubilee Ministries
Missioner for LGBTQIA+ Ministry Engagement
Missioner for Racial Reconciliation and Social Justice Ministries
Missioner for Rural Ministries
Companion Diocese Chair
Episcopal City Mission
Episcopal Church Women
Episcopal Recovery Ministries
Province V Executive Board Representative
Vestry 104: Vestry Toolbox