Equipping the Beloved Community

 Equipping the Beloved Community & Vestry/ Bishop’s Committee Day

 

Hosted by the San Francisco Deanery

Saturday, February 11, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Grace Cathedral, San Francisco

$25 — general | $10 — San Francisco congregations, vestries, and bishop's committees members 

Free — Grace Cathedral members, trainers, and youth (18 and under)

Lunch is included in the cost of registration

Scholarship support available, contact Caren Miles, carenm@diocal.org

Free childcare available by advance reservation, contact congregation@gracecathedral.org, 415.749.6344

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If you have questions or concerns regarding registration, please contact Caren Miles, carenm@diocal.org
 

SESSION 1 — 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Eucharistic Minister Training (Randy Street)

A workshop for those who want to serve as Eucharistic Ministers, covering both administration of consecrated elements and also the structure and roles of lay liturgical ministry within Episcopal worship. Requires advance preparation; click here to download the workbook. The workbook plus this two-hour practicum satisfies the diocesan training requirements for Eucharistic Ministry licensing.

Finance and Administration Best Practices

The finance and administration program, with both morning and afternoon sessions, will feature presentations by Zach Peterson of CPG on 2017 changes to the clergy pension plan, Holly McAlpen of Church Insurance on best insurance practices for congregations, Amanda Martin on legacy societies and planned giving resources for congregations, and Tom Ferguson on payroll and benefits administration, how to access the diocesan line of credit for parish capital projects, parochial reports, and other issues of interest to vestry members and administrators.

Godly Play Session 1 – What is Godly Play (leader TBA)

Godly Play is a robust Sunday School program that uses a Montessori style approach to teach children Bible stories. We will work with parents and teachers to learn the Godly Play storytelling style and answer questions about classroom management and spaces.

Calling all the Baptized to Ministry (David Crosson & Melissa Ridlon)

Our baptism calls us all to be ministers of the Gospel. Each of us must discern what that particular call to ministry means for us, and we don’t do it alone. Our congregations provide a tremendous gift when we gather in small groups to pray, listen and seek—discern—together. We Episcopalians have a name for that process: a Local Discernment Committee (LDC). While an LDC is required for anyone considering the path to ordination, it is a powerful tool for anyone seeking clarity about their call to ministry. A few parishes already have rigorous LDC structures, while others may seek guidance and resources in implementing parish-based discernment programs. Our Commission on Ministry recently approved a new resource specifically intended for LDCs: Guidelines and Resources for Local Discernment Committees. This half-day workshop will utilize this document, plus discernment case studies and a variety of models, to explore the challenges and opportunities of establishing a successful LDC program.  All existing and potential LDCs, as well as congregations who are calling people to active ministry, are encouraged to attend. 

Vestry & Bishop’s Committee Leadership (the Rev. Eric Metoyer)

So you’ve been elected to the Vestry or Bishop’s Committee! Now what? The Rev. Eric, Metoyer, Associate for Congregational Ministries, will lead you through everything you need to know about working with your rector or vicar to make your parish the best it can be. Vestry Resource Guides will be available for purchase for $10.


LUNCH | WORSHIP | KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Leading a Scrappy Church — 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.

Nancy Frausto is the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles’ first Latina leader to have grown up in a Spanish speaking Episcopal church who has gone on to pursue ordination. She is the recipient of the Episcopal Church Foundation and Beatitudes Society Fellowship. In 2014 she was chosen as one of the Future 50 Interfaith Leaders in Los Angeles to watch by the Interreligious Council of Southern California. Nancy’s experience and passion for the ministry of ‘scrappy churches’ (her affectionate term for struggling congregations) has led to serve two thriving multicultural, multilingual, multigenerational congregations, St. Mary’s Koreatown and Trinity Melrose in East Hollywood. Currently she is on the council of advice for the Office of Latino/Hispanic Ministries. She is a board member for Bloy House Episcopal Seminary and has served on the board for Forward Movement. Nancy completed her diploma in theology from Bloy House and was the recipient of the Thomas Cranmer Scholarship for Distinguished Achievement in Liturgical Scholarship. She then received her Master of Divinity from the School of Theology at Claremont.

We’ll also worship together and enjoy lunch, which is included in the cost of registration.


SESSION 2 — 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Eucharistic Visitor Training (Randy Street) — will go until 5 p.m.

A three-hour workshop for those who wish to serve as Eucharistic Visitors, covering both administration of consecrated elements and the pastoral requirements of visiting people at home and in institutions. Requires advance preparation; find and download workbooks here. Completion of the workbook and this workshop plus an observed Eucharistic visit satisfy the diocesan training requirements for Eucharistic Visitor licensing.

Finance and Administration Best Practices 

The finance and administration program, with both morning and afternoon sessions, will feature presentations by Zach Peterson of CPG on 2017 changes to the clergy pension plan, Holly McAlpen of Church Insurance on best insurance practices for congregations, Amanda Martin on legacy societies and planned giving resources for congregations, and Tom Ferguson on payroll and benefits administration, how to access the diocesan line of credit for parish capital projects, parochial reports, and other issues of interest to vestry members and administrators.

Godly Play Session 2 – What is Work Time (leader TBA)

Part two of our session on Godly Play will focus on that tricky time after the story and after the wondering questions — the work time. How do we get the children to engage in meaningful work without restricting their creativity or their expression but keep them on task at the same time? Come meet with other leaders to share your ideas and learn new techniques.

Safe Church Training (Caren Miles) — will go until 5 p.m.

Have you taken the online safe church training? Did you wish it was a little more in depth and interactive? This year DioCal will be rolling out a new safe church in person training program. We will cover best practices for children, youth and adult ministries as well as discussion mandatory reporter guidelines, and other ways to protect your parishioners and your parish. The course is designed for those who work with youth and children, as well as parish leadership.

Shared Leadership with Bilingual Congregations (Nancy Frausto)

Every parish has it’s own particular struggles, in parishes with bilingual congregations those struggles come in a variety of languages. Nancy Frausto will share some of her strategies and techniques for building a shared leadership across any kind of divide be it language, age, gender, or class. 

Vestry & Bishop’s Committee Leadership (the Rev. Eric Metoyer)

So you've been elected to the Vestry or Bishop's Committee! Now what? The Rev. Eric Metoyer, Associate for Congregational Ministries, will lead you through everything you need to know about working with your rector or vicar to make your parish the best it can be. Vestry Resource Guides will be available for purchase for $10.

 

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