Bishop Benhase to Lead Project Resource 2.0 Training

“If Jesus came to visit your church, what would make him say ‘WOW?'” Answering that question gets at the heart of the stewardship training Bishop Benhase will bring to the diocese this fall. As he visits parishes, the bishop will partner with those who attended the Atlanta training in order to extend Project Resource 2.0 training to vestries and laypersons throughout the Diocese. While vestries should become involved in this training, any member of the congregation may also take part in these three-hour sessions.

“The Episcopal Church has designed this training to roll out efficiently to parishes,” said Bishop Benhase, “with print and digital resources that will teach the essentials for all sizes of parishes. After training, each vestry can customize the scope of the program to their own context.”

During the training last week, the Diocese of Georgia doubled the number of Project Resource Trainers. Bishop Scott Benhase; the Rev. Joshua Varner of St. Patrick’s Pooler, the Rev. Lonnie Lacy of St. Anne’s Tifton, and the Rev. Cynthia Taylor of Holy Comforter Martinez and Loretta Brandon, a lay representative from Trinity Statesboro, attended the training at All Saints, Atlanta. The three-day event trained teams representing 15 dioceses across the United States in the art and science of raising money, raising people, and developing planning and communications that support these initiatives.

Project Resource 2.0 is a collaborative project created by the Episcopal Church Foundation, in partnership with The College for Bishops and The Development Office of the Episcopal Church. The aim of Project Resource is to change the culture of resource development in our Church to be more fruitful for God’s mission. This started in the Diocese of Georgia last fall when Bishop Benhase, Canon for Administration Katie Willoughby, Canon to the Ordinary Frank Logue, the Rev. Kelly Steele, and Dade Brantley, Executive Director of Honey Creek, attended the first Project Resource Training.
Those who attended Project Resource 2.0 will join their co-horts in training both rectors and laypersons throughout the Diocese of Georgia in the methods and best practices of stewardship, communications, and parish development.

Once trained, members of parishes have the skills to build money, vision, and people–the three great resources of any church’s mission. Success in carrying out Project Resource 2.0 will require each parish to have both a clear external purpose in its programs and a clear internal vision of its Christian faith. Purpose and vision, combined with increased congregational dialog and communication, will encourage success as Project Resource 2.0 is implemented.

“One of the best questions I heard at Project Resource training is this,” said Loretta Brandon, stewardship chair at Trinity Statesboro. “If Jesus came to visit your church, what would make him say ‘WOW’? Once you can answer that question, you’ll be ready for Project Resource 2.0.”

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Central Convocation
Annuniciation, Vidalia
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Savannah Convocation
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Augusta Convocation
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Albany Convocation
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