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A short video on the peer coaching program in the Episcopal Diocese of Georgia.

 

Coaching

Successful people often use a Coach to help them be more successful.  Professional actors, singers, musicians all have coaches.  It is also true that most business executives and leaders have coaches.  Coaching is not just for those that are perceived to have a need.  Some of the most successful people in our society have coaches, even when they are at the top of their organizations.  Coaching is a part of their “toolbox”.

Religious organizations seem to have been slower than most in recognizing the value of coaching as a tool to improve individual and group effectiveness.  However, as I speak with my peers from other denominations, I am finding a higher level of interest in coaching and the presence of formal coaching initiatives.  We can speculate on a number of reasons why coaching has been slow to catch on – one being the cost of employing a professional coach and the perceived value.

What is professional coaching?
The International Coach Federation (ICF) defines coaching as partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential, which is particularly important in today’s uncertain and complex environment. Coaches honor the client as the expert in his or her life and work and believe every client is creative, resourceful and whole. Standing on this foundation, the coach’s responsibility is to:

  • Discover, clarify, and align with what the client wants to achieve
  • Encourage client self-discovery
  • Elicit client-generated solutions and strategies
  • Hold the client responsible and accountable

This process helps clients dramatically improve their outlook on work and life, while improving their leadership skills and unlocking their potential.

How can you determine if coaching is right for you?
To determine whether you or your church could benefit from coaching, start by summarizing what you would expect to accomplish in coaching. When an individual or church has a fairly clear idea of the desired outcome, a coaching partnership can be a useful tool for developing a strategy for how to achieve that outcome with greater ease.

Since coaching is a partnership, ask yourself whether collaboration, other viewpoints, and new perspectives are valued. Also, ask yourself whether you or your church is ready to devote the time and the energy to making real changes. If the answer is yes, then coaching may be a beneficial way to grow and develop. 

How is coaching distinct from other service professions?
Professional coaching focuses on setting goals, creating outcomes and managing personal change. Sometimes it’s helpful to understand coaching by distinguishing it from other personal or organizational support professions.

  • Therapy: Therapy deals with healing pain, dysfunction and conflict within an individual or in relationships. The focus is often on resolving difficulties arising from the past that hamper an individual’s emotional functioning in the present, improving overall psychological functioning, and dealing with the present in more emotionally healthy ways. Coaching, on the other hand, supports personal and professional growth based on self-initiated change in pursuit of specific actionable outcomes. These outcomes are linked to personal or professional success. Coaching is future focused. While positive feelings/emotions may be a natural outcome of coaching, the primary focus is on creating actionable strategies for achieving specific goals in one’s work or personal life. The emphases in a coaching relationship are on action, accountability, and follow through.
  • Consulting: Individuals or organizations retain consultants for their expertise. While consulting approaches vary widely, the assumption is the consultant will diagnose problems and prescribe and, sometimes, implement solutions. With coaching, the assumption is that individuals or teams are capable of generating their own solutions, with the coach supplying supportive, discovery-based approaches and frameworks.
  • Mentoring: A mentor is an expert who provides wisdom and guidance based on his or her own experience. Mentoring may include advising, counseling and coaching. The coaching process does not include advising or counseling, and focuses instead on individuals or groups setting and reaching their own objectives.
  • Training: Training programs are based on objectives set out by the trainer or instructor. Though objectives are clarified in the coaching process, they are set by the individual or team being coached, with guidance provided by the coach. Training also assumes a linear learning path that coincides with an established curriculum. Coaching is less linear without a set curriculum.
  • Athletic Development: Though sports metaphors are often used, professional coaching is different from sports coaching. The athletic coach is often seen as an expert who guides and directs the behavior of individuals or teams based on his or her greater experience and knowledge. Professional coaches possess these qualities, but their experience and knowledge of the individual or team determines the direction. Additionally, professional coaching, unlike athletic development, does not focus on behaviors that are being executed poorly or incorrectly. Instead, the focus is on identifying opportunity for development based on individual strengths and capabilities.

What are some typical reasons someone might work with a coach?
An individual or team might choose to work with a coach for many reasons, including but not limited to the following:

  • Something urgent, compelling or exciting is at stake (a challenge, stretch goal or opportunity)
  • A gap exists in knowledge, skills, confidence or resources
  • A desire to accelerate results
  • A lack of clarity with choices to be made
  • Success has started to become problematic
  • Work and life are out of balance, creating unwanted consequences
  • Core strengths need to be identified, along with how best to leverage them


What has caused the tremendous growth in the coaching industry?
Coaching has grown significantly for many reasons, among them:

  • Rapid changes are taking place in the external environment.
  • Churches can no longer carry the Gospel to their communities using traditional approaches.
  • With the rapid changes, comes the need for people with new and different skills.  An investment in coaching is an investment in training people to deal with change.
  • The disparity between what clergy and church leaders were trained to do and what their jobs now require of them is widening due to increasing demands of our communities.
  • People are wrestling with job and personal insecurity and increased pressures to perform at higher levels than ever before.
  • Churches must develop inclusive, collaborative environments to achieve strategic goals and to maintain high levels of commitment and energy.
  • Individuals who have experienced the excellent results of coaching are talking to more people about it.
  • People today are more open to the idea of being in charge of their own lives. Coaching helps them do just that.

In short, coaching helps individuals and churches focus on what matters most in life, and so the demand for professional coaches continues to grow.

Coaching for Congregational Leaders
This document lays out the goals, guidelines, and policies of the Diocese of Georgia.

Coaching Agreement
This is the standard Coaching Agreement for the Diocese of Georgia.

For more information on Coaching within the Diocese of Georgia contact Walter Hobgood at 229-630-6444 or one of our other coaches:  The Revs. Billy Alford , Buck Lea,  Joan Killian, Bill Stewart, Denise Ronn, Marcia McRae, and Deacon Ri Lamb.

The following is a short video introduction to the Coaching Initiative in the Diocese of Georgia:

 

Coaching Initiative Awarded UTO Grant

Marcie Cherau is pictured above presenting Bishop Benhase with acertificate showing that the United Thank Offering of The Episcopal Church donated $20,000 to the Campaign for Congregational Development for the Peer Coaching Initiative in the Diocese of Georgia. The work on coaching began at the Spring Clergy Conference where the training was well received by the priests and deacons in attendance. The second level of training will take place later this year. Peer Coaching is one of the strategies in our Campaign for Congregational Development to target the goal of Clergy and Lay Leader Development. The Diocese is applying for grants as an additional means of raising the funding to support some of the areas of the campaign.

 

Coaches Help Clergy Maximize Potential

One significant change in the Diocese is going on behind the scenes as clergy who are coaches certified by the International Coach Federation (ICF) meet regularly with 39 persons for coaching session. In sports, we know that great coaches bring the best of the abilities out of an athlete. Likewise, many top professionals in a variety of industries have discovered the value of a trained coach, but religious groups have been reticent to consider this approach. The Diocese of Georgia placed a high value in these one on one coaching relationships as one of the strategies in the Campaign for Congregational Development. Now several years into the program, we are seeing the fruit of this approach.

“The peer coaching program serves as a helpful mirror to reflect on how to be a better, more effective leader,for clergy throughout the Diocese and allow for a more peer coaching relationships.” said the Rev. Dwayne Varas, Rector of St. Thomas, Thomasville. An experienced priest, Varas has enjoyed the benefit of a coach. He said, “Accountability is key, and taking the time for self-reflection enables me as a spiritual leader to apply lessons learned within my community.

The Very Rev. Billy, Rector of St. Alban’s, Augusta, is one of our certified coaches. He noted that, “We are an expansive Diocese, and as a priest, it can often times be isolating. The peer coaching relationships enable us to come together and seek insights and lesson learned from each other.”

Seeing the value to those served by the clergy who have a coach, he said, “This program benefits not only the priest, but their congregations as well. What does it mean for a community to have a confident and self-assured priest? I would argue a lot.”

The Rev. Ellen Richardson, Associate at St. Anne’s, Tifton, said, “Coaching is part of the larger gift the Bishop has given us. An opportunity for participants to examine their goals, strengths, weakness, and be held accountable by coaches for successes and development areas.”

Coaches are required of all seminary graduates as well as priests moving into the diocese for their first two years. We are finding that those clergy extend the relationships as they see the value in having a coach. The program is also available to clergy no matter how long they have served and to other lay leaders.

Coaches are able to take a more general idea like “I want to improve our Christian Education program” and assist the priest in breaking down this goal into manageable tasks and next steps and then holding the priest accountable for taking those steps. So whatever identified goal the priest sets will become action items with follow up. This process and its built in accountability is a benefit not just to the priest or deacon, but also to the congregation she or he serves.

Varas noted that his congregation also sees the value in him taking time to participate in the program and added, “I believe we need to begin to train more coaches to have a broader pool available for clergy throughout the Diocese and allow for a good peer coaching relationship.”

More information on the Peer Coaching Initiative is found by watching the video linked at the top of this article and at the diocesan website: Peer Coaching Web Page

 

Leadership Development Initiatives

In the past five years, four initiatives began in the Diocese to equip lay and ordained leaders with the additional tools and resources they need for ministry. Together, the Diocese of Georgia’s Peer Coaching, Church Development Institute (CDI), Conflict Management, and Emotional Intelligence (EQHR) workshops strengthen bonds across the Diocese while providing the highest level of training for our church leaders.

What is the impact of these programs?
You can see how these programs are making a positive impact on the Diocese through the many projects initiated by CDI teams. Between the eight sessions when CDI meets at Honey Creek during the two-year program, the participants have projects they complete as part of their experiential learning. The Very Rev. Denise Ronn is pictured at left leading a group exercise during CDI.

Recently, a CDI participant at St. Michael’s, Waynesboro, had the idea to invite Pat Terry, a noted contemporary Christian singer to the church to sing. They then invited roughly 80 people from the community to join parishioners for the limited seating concert. They served cake and refreshments as well as tea and coffee. Senior Warden Ashton Blunt said, “To say Pat Terry was a hit is an understatement. More than seventy community members attended, many visiting St. Michael’s for the first time for the event. ”

Projects like this one are taking place regularly across the diocese as CDI teams are challenged to engage the congregation in improving or implementing ministries in their communities and to help the congregation grow numerically and spiritually. The team members then go back to CDI to reflect on the project following the model of “do-reflect-do.”

Beyond this, clergy report the effectiveness of peer coaching and the two five-day workshops in building their skills while creating a stronger bond among clergy. The Rev. Lonnie Lacey said, “I’ve noticed a palpable change in the level of relationship among our clergy. Priests and deacons come together and there is a sort of joy and a friendship there that seems renewed.” As a sense of isolation can be a significant stress for clergy, these connections are a benefit beyond lay and ordained leaders gaining additional tools for their ministries.

Progress to Date
These leadership initiatives are key strategies identified through the Campaign for Congregational Development. Participants have been lay and ordained persons from all six convocations in congregations large and small.

  • Our seven trained coaches are coaching 39 persons.
  • 62 lay and ordained leaders participated in CDI, with 55 graduated from the two-year training.
  • 40 persons completed the five day intensive conflict management workshop, with 11 of those graduating in the past year).
  • 38 persons completed the five-day EQHR workshop with 12 of those trained in the past year.

For more information, see this video report on the four initiatives.

 

Bishop’s Address

Some of you know I’m a huge fan of the singer-songwriter John Prine. And it’s a testament to my love and devotion to the Church and to this Diocese that I’ll be present at this evening’s Convention Eucharist because John Prine is performing tonight at the Savannah Civic Center. Prine’s lyrics are magical and almost always funny while also plumbing the depths of the human condition. A song he sings as a duet with Iris Dement evokes an affect that I want to share in my Bishop’s Address this year. The song is entitled “We’re not the Jet Set,” and part of it goes like this:

No, We’re not the jet set. We’re the old Chevro-let set
Our steak and martinis, Is draft beer with weenies
Our Bach and Tchaikovsky, Is Haggard and Husky
No, we’re not the jet set, We’re the old Chevro-let set. But ain’t we got love

In this Diocese, we’re not the jet set. Most of us are more comfortable with draft beer and weenies than we are with steak and martinis. Haggard and Husky are more likely to be on our play list than Bach and Tchaikovsky. Here in the Diocese we don’t have what a lot of dioceses have in terms of financial resources. We don’t have many large metropolitan areas that provide amenities that would draw people to move to them. With a few exceptions, the counties in our state that are projected to have significant growth are all in that certain diocese to the north, just above the gnat line.

So the demographics aren’t very favorable to us. Demographics, however, aren’t destiny and dwelling on them isn’t faithful. We trust in a providential destiny only God provides. Plus, as John Prine sings, “ain’t we got love.” We have God’s love for us incarnated in Jesus and we have our love for one another. And we have hope, hope that God is moving in our midst working out through us God’s plan of salvation.

Our call, then, isn’t to bemoan what we don’t have or what’s not favorable to us. It’s to celebrate and be thankful for what we do have and the favor God has shown us, and then to put all that we have and all that we are into the coming of God’s Kingdom on this earth, as it already is in heaven.

No, we’re not the jet set. We’re the old Chevro-let set. But this Chevy has many great miles to go and we’re fueled by the hope of what God will do through us to bring about the Kingdom.  And I want us to dwell on that sure and certain hope for these next few minutes. For as the Scriptures say: such hope will not disappoint us.

Now, we’re schooled by cable news and through social media to be afraid of just about everything from Ebola to the dirty ring around our bathtubs. If that were all the news we had, then it would be prudent to be afraid and to feel hopeless. Yet, if we have eyes to see, there are hopeful signs all around us.

1. While as a whole our diocesan Sunday attendance is basically flat, we now have more congregations that are significantly growing than are declining.

2. The core leadership training we’ve offered for clergy and laity through the Church Development Institute (CDI), Emotional Intelligence training, and peer coaching has now begun to bear fruit in many places. Clergy and lay leaders in many congregations are now better equipped to lead growing, vital congregations in the 21st century.

3. Our support for and focus on community ministries has led many congregations to reach out in real, concrete ways into their neighborhoods developing signature ministries that serve to transform people’s lives. We must remember that Jesus did not leave people stuck in their hunger or their sickness or their sin. He fed, He healed, and He liberated them. That’s what our community, signature ministries are all about. From Thomasville to Augusta, from Cordele to Darien, our congregations are embracing a vision of vitality through engagement with their communities.

4. Honey Creek, as you will see this afternoon, is being reborn into a more strategic missionary asset of the Diocese. In the last year, 70% of its ministry directly supported the mission of the Diocese. And 93% of its ministry was church-related. That didn’t happen by accident. We consciously renewed Honey Creek’s mission to be all about supporting God’s mission in and through this Diocese. And, I should add, we’re doing all this operating in the black for the 3rd straight year. When you see Honey Creek’s Director, Dade Brantley, this afternoon, please give him a big hug and a thank you.

So, there are many things we’re doing to help our congregations thrive. And thriving congregations must be our goal if we’re to accomplish God’s mission.

In this last year, while I was on retreat with the Sisters of St John the Baptist, I spent long periods of time praying for you. I did. I spent hours of time praying just for you and for each of our congregations.

There on retreat, thanks to Canon Logue, I brought with me the Field Guide to the Diocese. With that objective data and with my own direct experience with each of our congregations over the last four years, I placed each congregation in three, separate categories: Those that were thriving, those that were treading water, and those that were in decline.

I had some assumptions ahead of time about what congregations in each of those categories had in common that would tell me why they were in the category they were in. I discovered that my assumptions were mostly wrong (it’s good to have our assumptions challenged on a regular basis). It wasn’t the congregation’s location, or its size, or the amount of financial resources it had that defined whether it was thriving. The thriving congregations were of all sizes, in vastly different locations, and had widely differing resources.

There’s only one variable that all the thriving congregations have in common and it’s this: they’re all focused beyond their own doors and their own property lines. They’re concerned with that co-worker who had given up on God saying that if Jesus were real, then he must not love him. They’re focused on that hungry child down the street who won’t have enough to eat tomorrow. They’re alarmed to learn about that senior citizen who was all alone in the nursing home across town. Those are the topics dominating coffee hour conversations and discernment at vestry meetings. How might we reach them with the Good News of Jesus? How might we love them? How might we humbly serve them? Those are the questions being asked and discerned in our thriving congregations.

In contrast, what about the congregations in the two other categories? They’re anxious about their inward issues and talk mainly about surviving and protecting what they now have. Rather than be open to their community, they may feel that they have to struggle against it. While not always the case, this may lead to an unhealthy focus on things like the color of the new carpet in the narthex, or the rector’s recent haircut, or the choir’s lack of musical range. Or more dangerously, they may become focused on finding someone to blame for why their church isn’t thriving. And that blaming, often of the clergy, becomes what fuels the congregation’s life.

So my epiphany while I was on retreat is really quite simple: if we want thriving congregations and thus the transformation of our Diocese, then that’ll only happen when, as Bishop Lesslie Newbigin wrote, local congregations renounce an introverted concern for their own life, and recognize that they exist for the sake of those who are not members, as a sign, an instrument, and a foretaste of God’s redeeming grace for the whole life of society. (The Gospel in a Pluralist Society)

Now, it would be wonderful if the Diocese had the financial resources to help congregations engage the Gospel in their communities. We’re trying to raise those financial resources. We’re working to get every ounce of mission out of the limited resources we have in the Diocese. We have one of the smallest diocesan staffs in the Episcopal Church for a diocese our size. Frank, Mary, Elizabeth, Rudy, Vicki, Gayle, and Libby, not only put up with me on a daily basis, they’re committed to help all our congregations thrive. I’m blessed to serve with these amazing people.

Yes, it would be wonderful if we had more money and as I said, through the Capital Campaign, we’re working on finding those financial resources.

But, you know, we don’t need money to love our neighbor. We don’t need deep pockets to care about what happens to kids in the school next door or the overwhelmed single mother across the street or the lonely man in the nursing home around the corner. Each of our congregations can make a Gospel difference in their communities without having a dime to do it. All we need is the will to set aside our inward focus and embrace our neighbors with the Good News of God’s redeeming grace in Jesus.

I see hopeful signs of this in so many of you and in our congregations. We must not lose heart or believe we’re incapable of changing our local mission strategy. As a church, we’re facing nothing short of an avalanche of social and cultural change. I don’t need to list all those changes for you. You’ve read about them and you see them every day in your community.

When I was first ordained in 1983 to serve Lake Wobegone Episcopal Church, all we needed for what we understood to be “success” back then was a nice church building in a semi-decent location with passable worship and acceptable music. It didn’t hurt if the priest’s sermons were mildly entertaining, but not too challenging. If we added a clean, safe Church school, then we had a congregation sizable enough to pay all the bills.

But those days are gone and they’re not coming back. Please hear me when I say this: Those days are gone and they’re not coming back. Nostalgia for the past is hindering us from embracing our present mission.

The old road maps for “success” in our congregations are no longer applicable. We can’t just show up anymore, say we’re the church, and people will pay attention. We must take the Gospel into the public life of our communities with a passion and a commitment we’ve not had before. The people of our society are suffering from a lack of grace and compassion in their lives. They’re living in the “mean time” in both senses of that term. Mercy and empathy for one another is in short supply. Only the Gospel of Jesus Christ has the power to renew and redeem us and our neighbors.

As Bishop Newbigin wrote: If the gospel is to challenge the public life of our society…it will only be by movements that begin with the local congregation in which the reality of the new creation is present, known, and experienced, and from which men and women will go into every sector of public life to claim it for Christ, to unmask the illusions which have remained hidden and to expose all areas of public life to the illumination of the gospel. (The Gospel in a Pluralist Society)

Many of you are realizing that. That’s why I see so many hopeful signs of God’s redeeming grace in our congregations. You and I need to see more of these hopeful signs from one another, so we can encourage each another to live into the changes we must make locally in order to grasp the new mission God is placing before us.

The congregations that recognize what time it is will be the congregations that will thrive in the future. Those congregations who don’t, who insist on making the church’s mission only about those who show up, or only about what’s good for me and mine, those congregations will die a slow and banal death. That’s simply the truth.

So, can we let go of our inward focus and embrace our neighbors with Jesus and his Gospel in new and creative ways? Can we take the Gospel out of our churches and into the public square, not to nag or cajole, not to finger point or to blame, but to love and to serve and to bring hope to those who, as St Paul so aptly described, are literally perishing without the Gospel?

Can we do this? I know we can.

It’s true. “We’re not the jet set. We’re the old Chevro-let set. But ain’t we got love.” We sure do have love. We have the love of Jesus for us and for this wonderful and beautiful, yet sinful and broken world in which we live. And the love of Jesus is all we truly need.

 

Bishop’s Address

Bishop’s Annual Address to Convention 2013
The Right Reverend Scott Anson Benhase

Go on your way. See, I am sending you out like lambs into the midst of wolves.” Luke 10:3

On Good Friday across the Episcopal Church it’s been a custom in some parishes to offer meditations on the seven last words of Jesus on the cross. Beginning with “Father, forgive them” and ending with “Father, into your hands I commend my spirit.” Some Church wag has said the Church has also adopted its own seven last words for its life together: “We’ve-never-done-it-that- way-before.”

The reason that’s funny, and I hope you find it so, is that the Church changes oh so slowly. How many Episcopalians does it take to change a light bulb? Change? We never change. Or maybe the answer is two: one to change the bulb and the other to reminisce on how good the old bulb was.

In many ways, this changelessness is a very good thing. In fact, I would say there are rock-solid, core convictions of the Church that should never change. It’s just that sometimes we disagree on what those immutable items should be (more on that later).

In Luke’s Gospel, when Jesus sends his disciples on their mission to the world, he instructs them to take certain things with them and to leave certain things behind. I think Jesus is challenging us to do the same today. What must we take with us in mission? What should we leave behind? What is essential for carrying out God’s mission? What is actually holding us back?

In the movie, Up in the Air, George Clooney plays a corporate executive who spends most of his life on the road (I can relate to that) or as the title suggests, on a plane up in the air. He also has a side gig doing motivational speaking. He uses a prop in his motivational talk. He brings a backpack to the podium and talks about how too many people are weighed down by what they carry around with them. He asks his audience to imagine the packing list for their life’s backpack. He then urges them to jettison most of it so they can become unencumbered.

The irony of all this in the movie, of course, is that Clooney’s character is a soul-less hack who has no significant human relationships, no one who he really loves (or who loves him), and he’s adrift in life. Yet, he’s presenting himself as someone others should imitate. Still, his proposed exercise with the backpack can be compelling and challenging for us to imagine.

If we were to make a packing list for our Church’s backpack, what would it be? Back to the questions: What must we take with us in mission? What should we leave behind? What is essential for our mission? What is actually weighing us down?

In Luke 10, Jesus was quite specific about what would weigh down the disciples. But what did the Disciples take with them?
I do know the disciples took with them the Book of Common Prayer, but Luke’s text is unclear whether it was the 1928 Book or the 1979 Book. And Luke’s text is completely silent on whether they had a copy of the Constitution & Canons.

It seems to me the disciples took with them only a few things, most of which were not material. They took with them the steadfast conviction that the Kingdom of God was at hand, and that this Kingdom was embodied by God’s son, Jesus, in their midst. They took with them the Good News of God’s grace, mercy, & forgiveness manifested in his cross and resurrection. And they took with them the confidence that, come what may, the Holy Spirit would be with them always to the end of the age. It’s with the purity and simplicity of their backpack that I want us to re-imagine what we as the Diocese of Georgia need to carry with us in our Church’s backpack.

To engage our imaginations, we must first know what we face. And Canon Logue did an excellent job of giving us a lay of the land earlier this morning. Some see our problem as this: people just aren’t attending churches like they used to. And they don’t give money to support churches as they once did. But those aren’t the problems. Those are mere symptoms.

If we see the problem as only lower attendance or less giving, then we might conclude that we need to do is what we’ve always done, but just do it better. So, preaching using PowerPoint or worshiping fronted by an indie rock band is just tweaking the delivery system and expecting a different result. Maybe we should do those particular things if they make sense in our contexts. But if that’s all we do, then we will have only strained at the sand gnats.

We must know the world has fundamentally changed. Much of our church practices in the past were shaped in a world that’s rapidly going away. That has produced a culture full of people who are anxious and overwhelmed. They’re exhausted by the obligations and opportunities they have. For many, work is now all-consuming. For some this is just to get by. For others, it’s a way to prove their self-worth or to get more for themselves.

Social media, the Internet, and other technical innovations not only solve problems, they also create new ones as people race emotionally to keep up. In a world of such anxiety and obligation, where is the Church for these people? For many, church can actually become one more source of anxiety and obligation.

But let’s imagine a Church that offered a sense of meaning, a connection to God and one another, and a place where people are known and loved; a place that helps them learn how to connect their faith to their daily lives and not only come to church on Sundays so the clergy will do it for them.

That means we need to re-imagine the entire model of ministry where the clergy perform the faith on Sundays to audience members. Our leaders, as St Paul instructs us, need “to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ” (Ephesians 3:12).

We all need to be trained to lead and serve in this new world that’s coming into existence. I’m fond of saying that I was prepared to be the priest of Lake Wobegone Episcopal Church. Like you, I need to be retrained into new ways of mission.

The focus of our Campaign for Congregational Development seeks to do just that. The Church Development Institute, Peer Coaching, Conflict Management Workshops, Emotional Intelligence labs, and the training our young adults will receive through Columba House are all designed to equip the saints for mission in this new world of anxiety and exhaustion.

The Campaign this year will also have the resources to help one of our mission congregations grow into parish. We need more resources to help more missions do that. The Campaign also seeks the resources to start new congregations, some of whom may never own property and have a traditional church building. That may well be something that would weigh down their backpacks as they engage in mission.

The Campaign will also develop resources so that our congregations can have access to seed money to create transformational signature ministries in their contexts. In this new world, we have to move beyond band-aid handouts to engaging the people of our communities in the work of transformation. I’m encouraged by what I see in different parts of the Diocese where people are coming together and beginning to dream of what that might look like in their communities.

Our Campaign is not about doing the same things we’ve always done, but just doing them better. It is about reforming how we train and equip people for ministry and then turning them loose to be the hands and heart of Jesus in this world.

In this coming year, the Diocesan Staff and I will continue to engage ourselves more deeply in re-imagining our support roles for this new mission. In the last year, we’ve found many ways to save money, to do more with less, to let go of some things that were weighing us down, and still provide you with strong support. But we need to keep questioning our assumptions about what’s needed. There is much more to do.

One of the ways we’ve done that is to ensure that more resources are kept at the parish level while also ensuring that more support services are provided to our congregations. By making the tithe the standard for all of us we actually have reduced expected giving from congregations. When you look at our financial report, you will see that giving from our congregations has actually decreased steadily over each of the last three years. This is all part of the plan to keep more funds at the local level for mission. Even with this planned reduction in percentage giving, I’m pleased to say that in 2012, like every year of my episcopate, the Diocesan budget has ended in the black.

We have also increased the services and support we offer the clergy and congregations of our Diocese. We’re working hard to get every ounce of mission out of the limited resources we have. This comes from a lot of hard work by the amazing people with whom I serve. Frank, Mary, Vicki, Gayle, Rudy, and Libby…thank you.

I believe we’re doing all we can with the resources we now have. That is why our Campaign is so essential. To do the extraordinary, transformational mission we have in front of us, we must have additional resources. And those resources must come without hurting the stewardship of local congregations.

This is all part of our re-imagining the role of bishop and the diocesan staff. The image used to be: the clergy and vestries serve the bishop and diocese and then the bishop represents the diocese to the larger church. We’re trying to turn that upside down so the bishop and his staff exist to serve the clergy and vestries of our congregations.

This is no time for complacency or burying our talents in the ground hoping things will get better without our hard work and sacrificial service. As Canon Logue told you, there are signs of energy and life in all parts of the Diocese. But there are also places where petty bickering remains or complacency controls. When either are present they suck all the energy for mission right out of the church.

While not taking ourselves too seriously, it’s time to get serious about God’s mission. One of my mentors was a Methodist Pastor named Tex Evans. Tex called himself “the biggest liar to ever come out of East Texas.” He never took himself too seriously, but he was always serious about God’s mission. Tex served with the poor of Appalachia for his entire ministry. In the late 60s, he had an epiphany. He saw the horrible poverty among his people in eastern Kentucky. He also knew there were church youth groups across the country full of a desire to serve. So, Tex proposed bringing them together. His vision was to bring these youth to Appalachia so they could repair people’s homes. And they’d pay for the privilege and receive a crash course on the causes of poverty in Appalachia. To do this, Tex needed a base of operations.

So, he asked the Trustees of tiny Union College in Barboursville, Kentucky to let him use their facilities to house the youth groups each summer. They met, the Board heard him out, and then they asked him to wait outside. An hour later, the President of the college came out to tell Tex their decision. He said: “Pastor Evans, the Board talked about this for a long time. We concluded this whole thing was just a bunch of foolishness; that only a fool would do such a thing. And, Pastor Evans, we think you’re just the fool to do it!”

I dream of a Church as foolish as Tex Evans; a church who is unafraid to tell people about the compassion and love of Jesus; and a church then who boldly serves others because of His compassion and love.

Can we let go of what is weighing us down to focus on those two things: telling people about Jesus and then showing them Jesus in how we serve? Can we set aside all our other agendas so together we can live into the simplicity of that mission?

I think we can – for the sake of Jesus, our Lord & Savior.

For it is to that Jesus that we ascribe all honor, power, glory, and might, this day, and forever more.

 

Diocesan Staff

The Rt. Rev. Scott Anson Benhase
Tenth Bishop of Georgia
bishop@gaepiscopal.org
eCrozier

The Rev. Canon Frank Logue
Canon to the Ordinary
flogue@gaepiscopal.org
Positions Available Notices
Loose Canon Blog

Canon Katie Willoughby
Canon for Administration
kwilloughby@gaepiscopal.org
Diocesan Financial Reports

Anna Iredale
Director of Communications
airedale@gaepiscopal.org

The Rev. Joshua Varner
Missioner for Youth
jvarner@gaepiscopal.org
Youth Ministry

The Reverend Walter Hobgood
Diocesan Director of Leadership Ministries
wphobg@gmail.com
Church Development Institute (CDI), Peer Coaching, EQHR & Conflict Management Training

Gayle Dawson
Executive Assistant to Bishop Benhase
gdawson@gaepiscopal.org

 

What’s in your tool box?,

Successful people often use a Coach to help them be more successful.  This is certainly true of athletes such as Tiger Woods and most professional athletes.  Professional actors, singers, musicians all have coaches.  It is also true that most business executives and leaders have coaches.  Coaching is not just for those that are perceived to have a need.  Some of the most successful people in our society have coaches, even when they are at the top of their organizations.  Coaching is a part of their “toolbox”.

Religious organizations seem to have been slower than most in recognizing the value of coaching as a tool to improve individual and group effectiveness.  However, as I speak with my peers from other denominations, I am finding a higher level of interest in coaching and the presence of formal coaching initiatives.  We can speculate on a number of reasons why coaching has been slow to catch on – one being the cost of employing a professional coach and the perceived value.

Coaching was introduced to the clergy within the Diocese just over 18 months ago.  Since then 9 members of the clergy have been going through intensive training to become certified coaches as resources within the Diocese.  Coaching is done strictly on a confidential basis.

What is professional coaching?
The International Coach Federation (ICF) defines coaching as partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential, which is particularly important in today’s uncertain and complex environment. Coaches honor the client as the expert in his or her life and work and believe every client is creative, resourceful and whole. Standing on this foundation, the coach’s responsibility is to:

  • Discover, clarify, and align with what the client wants to achieve
  • Encourage client self-discovery
  • Elicit client-generated solutions and strategies
  • Hold the client responsible and accountable

This process helps clients dramatically improve their outlook on work and life, while improving their leadership skills and unlocking their potential.

How can you determine if coaching is right for you?
To determine whether you or your church could benefit from coaching, start by summarizing what you would expect to accomplish in coaching. When an individual or church has a fairly clear idea of the desired outcome, a coaching partnership can be a useful tool for developing a strategy for how to achieve that outcome with greater ease.

Since coaching is a partnership, ask yourself whether collaboration, other viewpoints, and new perspectives are valued. Also, ask yourself whether you or your church is ready to devote the time and the energy to making real changes. If the answer is yes, then coaching may be a beneficial way to grow and develop. 

How is coaching distinct from other service professions?
Professional coaching focuses on setting goals, creating outcomes and managing personal change. Sometimes it’s helpful to understand coaching by distinguishing it from other personal or organizational support professions.

  • Therapy: Therapy deals with healing pain, dysfunction and conflict within an individual or in relationships. The focus is often on resolving difficulties arising from the past that hamper an individual’s emotional functioning in the present, improving overall psychological functioning, and dealing with the present in more emotionally healthy ways. Coaching, on the other hand, supports personal and professional growth based on self-initiated change in pursuit of specific actionable outcomes. These outcomes are linked to personal or professional success. Coaching is future focused. While positive feelings/emotions may be a natural outcome of coaching, the primary focus is on creating actionable strategies for achieving specific goals in one’s work or personal life. The emphases in a coaching relationship are on action, accountability, and follow through.
  • Consulting: Individuals or organizations retain consultants for their expertise. While consulting approaches vary widely, the assumption is the consultant will diagnose problems and prescribe and, sometimes, implement solutions. With coaching, the assumption is that individuals or teams are capable of generating their own solutions, with the coach supplying supportive, discovery-based approaches and frameworks.
  • Mentoring: A mentor is an expert who provides wisdom and guidance based on his or her own experience. Mentoring may include advising, counseling and coaching. The coaching process does not include advising or counseling, and focuses instead on individuals or groups setting and reaching their own objectives.
  • Training: Training programs are based on objectives set out by the trainer or instructor. Though objectives are clarified in the coaching process, they are set by the individual or team being coached, with guidance provided by the coach. Training also assumes a linear learning path that coincides with an established curriculum. Coaching is less linear without a set curriculum.
  • Athletic Development: Though sports metaphors are often used, professional coaching is different from sports coaching. The athletic coach is often seen as an expert who guides and directs the behavior of individuals or teams based on his or her greater experience and knowledge. Professional coaches possess these qualities, but their experience and knowledge of the individual or team determines the direction. Additionally, professional coaching, unlike athletic development, does not focus on behaviors that are being executed poorly or incorrectly. Instead, the focus is on identifying opportunity for development based on individual strengths and capabilities.

What are some typical reasons someone might work with a coach?
An individual or team might choose to work with a coach for many reasons, including but not limited to the following:

  • Something urgent, compelling or exciting is at stake (a challenge, stretch goal or opportunity)
  • A gap exists in knowledge, skills, confidence or resources
  • A desire to accelerate results
  • A lack of clarity with choices to be made
  • Success has started to become problematic
  • Work and life are out of balance, creating unwanted consequences
  • Core strengths need to be identified, along with how best to leverage them


What has caused the tremendous growth in the coaching industry?
Coaching has grown significantly for many reasons, among them:

  • Rapid changes are taking place in the external environment.
  • Churches can no longer carry the Gospel to their communities using traditional approaches.
  • With the rapid changes, comes the need for people with new and different skills.  An investment in coaching is an investment in training people to deal with change.
  • The disparity between what clergy and church leaders were trained to do and what their jobs now require of them is widening due to increasing demands of our communities.
  • People are wrestling with job and personal insecurity and increased pressures to perform at higher levels than ever before.
  • Churches must develop inclusive, collaborative environments to achieve strategic goals and to maintain high levels of commitment and energy.
  • Individuals who have experienced the excellent results of coaching are talking to more people about it.
  • People today are more open to the idea of being in charge of their own lives. Coaching helps them do just that.

In short, coaching helps individuals and churches focus on what matters most in life, and so the demand for professional coaches continues to grow.

For more information on Coaching within the Diocese of Georgia contact Walter Hobgood at 229-630-6444 or one of our other coaches:  The Revs. Tar Drazdowski, Billy Alford , Buck Lea,  Joan Killian, Bill Stewart, Denise Ronn, Marcia McRae, and Deacon Ri Lamb.

The following is a short video introduction to the Coaching Initiative in the Diocese of Georgia:

 

From the Field

Every time you walk out your church doors, you enter the Mission Field – fields ripe for the harvest. From the Field is a weekly update from the Diocese of Georgia, which will help us keep one another aware of what is happening in the field here in central and south Georgia. The email goes out each Wednesday (with the very occasional special edition in between).

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  • From the Field Volume 8, #2 (09/06/2017)
    Plan a Revival Watch Party; the Rev. Fleming Rutledge to preach at Reformation Commemoration;  Prayer in anticipation of the Hurricane; Administrator’s Corner: Prepare for the Hurricane; Terri Dagenhardt to St. Mary Magdalene Louisville; Farewells to Galen Mirate and Vicki Schuster; St. Seersucker.
  • From the Field Volume 8, #1 (08/30/2017)
    EYCS Awards Record Number of Scholarships; Prayer offered during Hurricane Harvey; Parish Audits Due September 1; Rev. Edna Jean “Tar” Drazdowski called to Christ Church Cordele; Upcoming Youth Events; The Loose Canon: Looking ahead to the Good Book Club in Lent; Diocese Seeks Office Administrator;
  • From the Field Volume 7, #52 (08/23/2017)
    More than 700 registered for Revival; Diocese on Instagram; the Rev. David Wesley Lemburg new Priest in Charge at St. Patrick’s Pooler; UTO Celebrates Julia Chester Emery
  • From the Field Volume 7, #51 (08/16/2017)
    Youth Event at the Revival; The Rev. Deacon Thomas Barron church planter in Grovetown; the Rev. Becky Rowell new Chair of Honey Creek Commission; Stewardship Training in Every Convocation; Diocese Seeks Office Administrator; Georgia Southern University’s Ministry Center Remodeled; St. Mark and St. John’s holds services post Charlottesville; The Loose Canon: St. Luke’s Rincon Creates Cardboard Testimonials
  • From the Field Volume 7 #50 (08/09/2017)
    Revival registrations pass 500, Register now for Happening, Diocese seeks office Administrator, A Game Changing Summer Camp Season, The Rev. Ashton Williston Ordained to Priesthood, Congregations Aid the Back to School Transition, Loose Canon: Invite to worship people who meet at your church, and Diocesan Office update.
  • From the Field Volume 7 #49 (08/02/2017)
    Priest raises awareness and money with 111-mile journey, Register for Revival Youth Event, Revival Update: hotel information, Register for Vicki Schuster’s September 1 Retirement Party, Project resource: Hints on choosing a stewardship team, St. John’s and St. Mark’s Albany Hosts Annual Teacher’s Breakfast, The Loose Canon: Thank you all does not begin to cover it, and Diocese Seeks Office Administrator.
  • From the Field Volume 7 #48 (07/26/2017)
    2017 Full-time Priests Salary Survey; Joshua Varner called as Canon Missioner for Children and Youth; Youth home from Episcopal Youth Event (EYE); the Rev. Nicholas Roosevelt called to St. Patrick’s Albany; the Rev. Melanie Lemburg called to St. Thomas Isle of Hope in Savannah; Update on Revival; Around the Diocese; Administrator’s Corner: Congregational Tithes; Icon Writing Workshop at Christ Church Frederica; the Revs. Paschal Mingledorff and Douglas Renegar Retiring; Diocese Seeks Office Administrator; and Deacon Lynn Anderson Fund for Deacon Formation
  • From the Field Volume 7 #47 (07/19/2017)
    Vicki Schuster to Retire from Diocesan Staff; Deaconess Anna Alexander Study Guide Available; Revival Update!; Around the Diocese; Ordination planned for Deacon Ashton Williston; CDI Concludes for the Year; The Loose Canon: No fail, time-tested methods; and Parish Positions Open
  • From the Field Volume 7 #46 (07/12/2017)
    Camp Hope Matters; Spread the Word on the Revival!; Around the Diocese; Have You Made Your Cursillo Yet?; Funeral Plans for the Reverend Daniel Ki Chul Lee and the Rev. Deacon Lynn Anderson; Parish Positions Open; and Administrator’s Corner: Protect our Congregations from Cyber-attacks
  • From the Field Volume 7 #45 (07/05/2017)
    Episcopal Youth Event (EYE) Set for Next Week; Weather Hits Honey Creek’s Technology; and Order of St. Helena (OSH) holds life profession
  • From the Field Volume 7 #44 (06/28/2017)
    Celebrating Deaconess Anna Alexander; Stellar Evangelism Training Held; Project Resource: Planning is Your Parish’s Secret to Fundraising Success; The Episcopal College Fellowship at Valdosta State University; The Loose Canon: Rediscover the Celtic Way of Evangelism;
  • From the Field Volume 7 #43 (06/21/2017)
    High School Camp at Honey Creek Wraps Up; Dominican Republic Missioners Return Home; Evangelism Training This Weekend; Update on Revival; Around the Diocese; Administrator’s Corner: It’s Audit Season and We’re in This Together; Bishop’s Visitations to All Saints’ Thomasville and St. James Quitman
  • From the Field Volume 7 #42 (06/14/2017)
    Video: Are You Ready for Boundless Love?; Revival Website Launches; Christ Church Valdosta Mission Team to DR; Report from Province IV Synod; Education for Ministry; The Loose Canon: How Your Congregation Can Satisfy Spiritual Hunger; Integrity Chapter to Meet; Openings at Saluda
  • From the Field Volume 7 #41 (06/07/2017)
    Photos from parishes for Pentecost; Hometown Missions Conclude in Albany; Creation Care Commission Heads Down to the River; Get Ready for Realm
  • From the Field Volume 7 #40 (05/31/2017)
    Video for Pentecost; ordinations of the Rev. Deacon Lawrence Jesion and the Rev. Deacon Terri Ann Degenhardt; All Saints’ Tybee holding compline on the beach; eFormation learning community; New Ministry Developer Intensive Training in Paradise Valley, Arizona; Loose Canon: Prepare to Welcome Summer Visitors; Hometown Missions Summer 2017; Down to the River to Pray on Ebenezer Creek.
  • From the Field Volume 7 #38 (05/24/2017)
    Thomas Lemuel Barron and Leslie Ann Dellenbarger to be ordained to transitional dioaconate; Honey Creek’s Wish List; Around the Diocese: the Wilkinson-Reyes family moving to Colorado; St. Philip’s Hinesville celebrates third anniversary of Daughters of the King; Loud for the Lord Pants Day at Grace Church, Waycross; CDI Graduates; Silent Retreats at St. Helena’s Convent; Project Resource 2.0: Thank You Still the Magic Word; Bishop’s Visitations to Trinity Statesboro, and St. Richard of Chichester; Lending a Hand.
  • From the Field Volume 7 #37 (05/17/2017)
    Bishop Benhase to lead Stewardship Trainings; the Rev. William Thomas Fitzgerald, 1927-2017; Around the Diocese: St. Patrick’s-Lutheran Church of Our Saviour Blesses Garden; All Saints’ Tybee Compline on the Beach starting June 1; Creation Care Commission Digs into Projects; The Loose Canon: Measuring Faithfulness Beyond the ABC’s; Down to the River to Pray in Savannah; Visitations to St. Alban’s Augusta; St. Michael’s Waynesboro; College Scholarships from the Diocese.
  • From the Field Volume 7 #36 (05/10/2017)
    Evangelism Training to be Held in Diocese; Emily Bancroft Cody, widow of the Rev. Arthur Cody, passes; Around the Diocese: St. Luke’s Hawkinsville, EfM graduates at Good Shepherd, Augusta, Christ Church Valdosta holds Youth Missions Dinner; EfM starts in Fall; Bishop Benhases Visits St. Luke’s Rincon and St. Peter’s Savannah; Dancing for Mission
  • From the Field Volume 7 #35 (05/03/2017)
    Spring Clergy Conference; ECW/Daughters of the King Gather in Bainbridge; Diocese Mourns the Loss of Dr. Luther Rice Mills; Amy Bradley called as lay curate to St. Augustine of Canterbury Augusta, UTO Ingathering, Hometown Missions! Scholarships through Diocese, Creation Care Committee Work Weekend at Honey Creek, The Loose Canon: Bold Liturgies
  • From the Field Volume 7 #34 (04/26/17)
    Matthew Yochum Tells His Columba House Intern Story; the Rev. Daniel Doster (1934-2017); the Rev. Deacon Terri Degenhardt and the Rev. Deacon Lawrence Jesion to be Ordained; The Rev. Richard and the Rev. Dcn. Geri Nelson Retire; Around the Diocese: Down to the River to Pray, St. John’s Furnishings Returned after 125 Years; Bishop Louttit Celebrates ordination anniversary; Evangelism Workshops Planned; College Scholarships.
  • From the Field Volume 7 #33 (04/19/17)
    The Easter Week edition with photos from Holy Week and Easter; Episcopal Evangelism Training Coming June 24-25; The Rev. Leigh Hall Accepts Rector Call in New York; Register for Honey Creek Summer Camp; Honey Creek Benefits from Eagle Scout Projects; and Easter Week Follow Through with Visitors
  • From the Field Volume 7 #32 (04/12/17)
    The Holy Week edition with photos from Palm Sunday; Sign up Today for Hometown Missions Outreach Weekend; Georgia Interfaith Power and Light: Energy Audits and Grants Save Money for Ministry; A Note from the the Cursillo Commission; Columba House Savannah Seeks Interns; Chrism Masses in Tifton and Savannah; Two Videos Share How to Invite and Welcome; Honey Creek Camp Increases Its Fleet; and SUMMA Debate Camp at Sewanee
  • From the Field Volume 7 #31 (04/05/17)
    Spring Clergy Conference: Peer Coach Training Network Expands; Columba House Savannah Seeks Interns; St. Peter’s Hosts La Reverenda Milquella Mendoza from the Diocese of the Dominican republic; Diocesan Youth programs Plan Summer Hometown Missions in Albany; Bishop’s Visitations to Holy Nativity, St. Simons Island and the Community of St. Joseph, Savannah; Episcopal Church Women’s Annual Retreat Planned; and Administrator’s Corner: Major Gifts Campaigns: Step 5 “The Ask “
  • From the Field Volume 7 #30 (03/29/17)
    Invite Welcome Connect, The Movie; Celebrate Earth Day with Paddle Trip on the Little River at Reed Bingham State Park; St. Anne’s Tifton: Team Home from the Dominican Republic; New Beginnings #50; Bishop’s Visitations to Calvary Americus and the Episcopal Campus Ministry at Georgia Souther University; Education for Ministry Mentor Training; Your FREE Easter Invitation Animation; Order of St. Helena: Experience Monastic Tradition for Triduum and Easter; and Honey Creek Camp Filling Quickly
  • From the Field Volume 7 #29 (03/22/17)
    Clergy Spouse Weekend of Wonder at Honey Creek; Register Now for Various Leadership Programs; St. Anne’s Tifton: Meeting Old Friends in the Dominican Republic; King of Peace Dedicates New Building; and Enneagram Conference at Church of the Good Shepherd Augusta.
  • From the Field Volume 7 #29 (03/15/17)
    Deacon Culbreath Speaks for Voiceless Immigrants; Ashton Williston Called to Christ Church Frederica; Junkanoo returns to All Saints; Register Now for Lenten Prayer Retreat at Honey Creek; The Administrator’s Corner: It is tax season!; St. Patrick’s Albany’s Annual 5K Lap a Leprechaun; St. Luke’s Hawkinsville participates in Peaches to Beaches; Holy Land Pilgrimage; Saluda Clergy Cottage Available for Rent; Two Chrism Masses Planned.
  • From the Field Volume 7 #28 (03/08/17)
    Register for New Beginning’s #50; Furnishings Needed for Ecology Center at Honey Creek; Your Holy Week and Easter Welcome Checklist; Bishop’s Visitation to St. Philip’s, Hinesville; Register for Down to the River to Pray canoe trip; and Register for April 8 Project Resource Training at St. Peter’s, Savannah.
  • From the Field Volume 7 #27 (03/01/17)
    It’s Ash Wednesday; The Rev. Ellen Richardson Publishes Holy Dying; Campaign Concludes; Collect for Ash Wednesday; File Your Congregation’s Parochial Report; Administrator’s Corner: Writing a Thank You Note with Help from Project Resource; Shrove Tuesday photos from St. Patrick’s Pooler, Trinity Statesboro, St. Anne’s Tifton, St. Luke’s Rincon, St. Paul’s Albany, Christ Church Savannah, King of Peace Kingsland, Good Shepherd, Augusta and St. Luke’s Hawkinsville; Bishop’s Visitation to St. Anne’s Tifton; Down to the River to Pray March 18; Evensong at St. Paul’s Augusta; Chrism Masses for Clergy; Episcopal Church Scholarship Applications Available; Kanuga Retreats; the Rev. Dr. Cynthia Taylor and the Je-Di warriors; Enneagram Workshop offered by Good Shepherd, Augusta; Savannah Convocation Lenten Series; Two Trainings, Four Locations Offered by Diocese of Georgia
  • From the Field Volume 7 #26 (02/22/17)
    Happening #98; Campaign Ends February 28; Send us your Shrove Tuesday photos; Register for Project Resource March 4 in Tifton and April 8 in Savannah; Update Your Info on ACS; Christ Church Frederica Hosts Marty Haugen; Saluda Clergy Cottage Opens for Season; Lenten Prayer Retreat; The Loose Canon: Helping Neighbors Find Their Church; Savannah Convocation Hosts Lenten Series; Bishop Visits Christ Church, Valdosta; St. Luke’s Hawkinsville, and St. Barnabas’ Valdosta; Revised Customary; ECW Retreat Scheduled; the Rev. Ellen Richardson leads Quiet Day at St. Paul’s, Savannah; Retreats at the Order of Saint Helena; the Rev. Gavin Dunbar becomes U.S. Citizen
  • From the Field Volume 7 #25 (02/15/17)
    Input to Canons Sought; Report on Deacons’ Retreat; Register for New Beginnings #50; Lead Grow Share nears completion; Southeastern Convocation Mission Team Returns from Dominican Republic; Loose Canon: Checklist and Resources for Invite-Welcome-Connect; New free Lenten video; Community of St. Joseph’s Lenten Program; More than $40,000 raised for Albany; Clergy Spouse Retreat March 10-12
  • From the Field Volume 7 #24 (02/08/17)
    The Rev. Tommy Townsend called to Holy Nativity, St. Simons Island; photos of Scout Sunday at King of Peace, Kingsland; Saturday Lunch Team at St. Thomas’ Thomasville; lunch served on Saturday at Christ Church, Augusta; Stitchers of Love at Christ Church Valdosta; Registration Closes Sunday for Happening #98; Trinity Statesboro receives energy grant; Register to be a camper or apply to be a counselor at Honey Creek; Administrator’s Corner: Tell me your story and help me say yes; the labyrinth at St. John and St. Mark’s cleared by post tornado work crew and more!
  • From the Field Volume 7 #22 (02/01/17)
    Mission Team from Southeastern Convocation Heads to Dominican Republic; Video: Top Five Reasons to Give to Lead, Grow, Share; Episcopal Showdown for the Super Bowl; St. Peter’s Savannah new chapel dedication; Obituary for the Rev. Deacon Janet Rohrbach Robinson; Living into God’s Dream book for Lent; Sign of Grace in Tornado’s Debris; Invite, Welcome, Connect in Spanish, and more!
  • From the Field Volume 7 #21 (01/25/17)
    Tornado Hits Albany; animation for Lead, Grow, Share; Deacon Jim Keyes Aton Jr. dies; June Johnson called to All Saints’ Tybee; Team from St. Peter’s Savannah heads to Dominican Republic; Register for Cursillo, and more!
  • From the Field Volume 7 #20 (01/18/17)
    Plan a parish event to support Lead, Grow, Share; Update on UTO; Episcopalians Join in Albany Clean-up from early January storm; photos from Martin Luther King Jr. Day marches, and more.
  • From the Field Volume 7 #19 (01/11/17)
    Registration to be a counselor or camper at Honey Creek has opened; Diocese offers trainings for vestries, administrators and communicators as well as for Project Resource Stewardship Training; photo of staff for Happening #98; Why I’ll Join the March by Canon Willoughby, and more!
  • From the Field Volume 7 #18 (01/04/17)
    Diocese to march in MLK Jr. Day parade; Diocese launches series of trainings for administrators, vestry and communicators; build pathways into your church; Lead, Grow, Share at 70% of the goal; carolers from Oak Street Episcopal Mission were behind the banner.
  • From the Field Volume 7 #17 (12/28/16)
    Images from Christmas preparations and pageants; information on Youth Events such as the winter retreat and the Episcopal Youth Event/Mission Trip; Canon Willoughby on Lead, Grow, Share; tutorial on how to make a recurring donation to the Campaign for Congregational Development.
  • From the Field Volume 7 #16 (12/21/16)
    Presiding Bishop to Preach at Deaconess Alexander Event September 17th; Carols for a Cause held at Christ Church Savannah; Diocese of Georgia partners with Diocese of Atlanta to present radio broadcast of Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols; Youth Minister Roger Speer draws on his talents; stewardship resources; Loose Canon on Free Course to Foster Faithful Questioning; St. John’s youth caroling in Madison Square.
  • From the Field Volume 7 #15 (12/14/16)
    Church of St. John and St. Mark hold St. Nicholas party; Lead-Grow-Share Our Young Adult Ministry; Project Resource, two stewardship tools; Loose Canon on Invite Welcome Connect ideas for Christmas; CDI Dates for 2017; St. George’s offers night out for parents; Christ Church St. Simons Island welcomes St. Nicholas; Christ Church Savannah’s children’s choir debuts.
  • From the Field Volume 7, #14 (12/07/16)
    Church Development Institute adds Augusta program; campaign tops 2 million; sign up for HSA Health Equity Portal; parishes selling Christmas trees; New Beginnings #49, register for EYE17, Winter Youth Retreat, dates set for Happening#98 and New Beginnings#50; thank you for #GivingTuesday, holiday parades.
  • From the Field Volume 7, #13 (11/30/16)
    Lead, Grow and Share, some examples of events to hold: Project Resource, Year Round Work on Annual Stewardship and Year Round Giving, Community Building; Two ideas from Evangelism Matters; From Visitor to Member in 12 Months; Advent Wreath Making; UTO Ingathering reminder; St. Thomas’ Church wins first place in the holiday parade.
  • From the Field Volume 7, #12 (11/23/16)
    Remembering the Rt. Rev. Harry W. Shipps; a Thanksgiving Prayer; Advent Calendar created by students at Episcopal Day School, Augusta; Reminder to Administrators about year-end closing; Ray Whiting, Tommy Townsend and Donald Holland all ordained to Sacred Order of Priesthood; St. Luke’s in the Holiday Parade, Rincon.
  • From the Field Volume 7, #11 (11/16/16)
    Diocese gathers in Augusta for 195th Convention; Take a survey on the Convention; How to implement Invite-Welcome-Connect; Donald Holland and Tommy Townsend to be ordained; Honey Creek Thanksgiving; Video on Episcopal Day School students interpreting Lead, Grow and Share.
  • From the Field Volume 7, #10 (11/09/16)
    All Convention; Faith Communities and Government Promoting Unity and Dismantling Xenophophobia; New Beginnings’ Circle of Prayer.
  • From the Field Volume 7, #9 (11/02/15)
    Episcopal Youth Event to be held in Oklahoma this summer; Convention Countdown; James T. Said called to St. Augustine’s Augusta; Good Shepherd, Pennick Celebrates Deaconess Alexander; Loose Canon: How to Welcome Different Types of People; Trunk or Treat; the Rev. Luke Wetzel Ordained; Last photo: Children’s Choir at Valdosta
  • From the Field Volume 7, #8 (10/26/16)
    CreekFEST!; Countdown to Convention including Presiding Bishop’s video; 50th Anniversary of Anglican Centre in Rome; What the Youth will be Doing at Convention; New Beginnings Dec. 2-4; Administrator’s Corner: Open Enrollment 2017; Kanuga Leadership Conference; Last photo: Mother/Daughter at Christ Church
  • From the Field Volume 7, #7 (10/19/16)
    Diocese Receives $100,000 to Establish New Ministry in Savannah; Thanks to contributors to St. Joseph’s Fund post-Hurricane Matthew; Countdown to Convention; CreekFEST Days Away; Transition and Discernment Handbooks Updated; Loose Canon: Data from Parish Annual Reports; Blessing of the Animals; Cynthia Taylor Featured on Day 1; LGBT Integrity Retreat; Hurricane Matthew Clean-up; Last Photo: EYC Group from St. Anne’s Tifton.
  • From the Field Volume 7, #6 (10/12/16)
    Hurricane Matthew Update; Help Savannah’s Homeless Recover from Hurricane Matthew; St. Paul’s Jesup Hosts Evacuees; Volunteer Opportunities post Hurricane Matthew; Project Resource Training; St. Anne’s Tifton Hosted Health Care Personnel; Convention Countdown; Blessing of the Animals; Women’s Retreat at Honey Creek; Administrator’s Corner: Submitting Claims Post Hurricane; Last Photo: Hurricane Matthew Won’t Stop CreekFEST
  • From the Field Volume 7, #5 (10/05/16)
    Hurricane Matthew Update; Report from Diocesan Council; the Rev. Galen MIrate called as interim rector at St. Patrick’s Albany; the Rev. Dcn. Luke Wetzel to be ordained; Countdown to Convention; Community of St. Joseph Celebrates One Year Anniversary; Daughters of the King at Christ Church Valdosta; Blessing of the Animals; St. Paul’s Augusta and Ironman Weekend; Loose Canon: Pastoral Side of Dealing with a Disaster; Registration Opens for Down to the River to Pray; Last Photo: St. Patrick’s hosted a service project and icon painting in honor of Deaconess Alexander
  • From the Field Volume 7, #4 (09/28/16)
    Clergy Conference Features Bishop Anne Hodges-Copple; Tithe Appeals Due Friday; Announcement of 195th Convention: Lead, Grow, Share; the Rev. Reginald Gunn (1940-2016); Social Media Sunday; Three Weeks to CreekFEST; St. Thomas’ Isle of Hope Holy Crab! Festival; Down to the River to Pray; Last Photo: Oak Street Mission’s After School Program Remembered First Responders on 09/11
  • From the Field Volume 7, #3 (09/21/16)
    Convention Update; Happening #97; It’s time to share your church life on Social Media; the Rt. Rev. Michael Curry with Bishop Benhase at the House of Bishops; Loose Canon: Use Facebook as an entry to your church; Photo of Canon to the Ordinary’s Counterparts Meeting in Savannah; Atonement, Augusta Builds a ramp; Last Photo: Newest member of the body of Christ
  • From the Field Volume 7, #2 (09/14/16)
    Registration Opens for Convention; Diocesan Office Off-line on Monday (new photos and internet); video from Columba House; Parish Tithes and Reports Due Tomorrow; Deaconess Alexander Celebration; Disaster Preparedness Plans Due 10/1; Bishop’s Visitation to Holy Comforter, Martinez; Roger Speer joins Good Shepherd, Augusta’s staff as Director of Student Ministries; the Rev. David Perkins called as Priest in Charger at Our Savior, Martinez; Fall Prayer Retreat; Health Savings Account Funding to Health Equity to Change; Reports Due for Convention; Flyer for CreekFEST!; Last Photo: Scouts from King of Peace, Kingsland retired more than 150 flags.
  • From the Field Volume 7, #1 (09/07/16)
    Celebrating Latino/Hispanic Ministries; Clergy Conference September 25-27; Parish Tithes and Reports Due September 15; Happening September 16-18; Invitation to CreekFEST; Bishop Visits St. Michael’s and All Angels; Inaugural Elnora B. Martin Award
  • From the Field Volume 6, #52 (08/31/16)
    RIP: the Rev. George Maxwell; Administrator’s Corner: Open Enrollment Coming Soon; Beautiful Authority Gathering; Christ Church Valdosta transforms Sunday School and Pre-School; Storm Watch; Flood Relief Team Returns from Louisiana; Columba House Interns Commissioned; UTO Plaque Presentation; Energy Audits; Cost of Discipleship: Not Comfort Food, An Acquired Taste; Last Photo: Get Ready for CreekFEST!
  • From the Field Volume 6, #51 (08/24/16)
    Bishop Benhase Returns from Sabbatical; Responding to Louisiana Floods; Columba House Commissioned and to-be Commissioned; CreekFEST is Coming; Consider Young Members as Diocesan Convention Delegates; The Loose Canon: St. Swithin’s Can Moo, Can You?; Good Comes Up; Bad Goes Down; Last Photo/Video: Acolytes with Brave Hearts
  • From the Field Volume 6 #50 (08/17/16)
    2016 Diocesan Acolyte Festival; The Episcopal Church Responds to Flooding in Louisiana; the Rev. Luke Wetzel called as Curate to All Saints, Thomasville; Tithe Letters Sent; Administrator’s Corner: Lay Defined Contribution Plan; David Somerville: Facelifting an Ugly Orthodoxy; Last Photo: Transformative Crafting
  • From the Field Volume 6, #50 (08/10/2016)
    Come and See Future Leaders in the Episcopal Church; Preview of Convention 2016, Invite, Welcome, Connect; the Rev. Jonathan Tuttle Ordained to Priesthood; Episcopal Campus Ministry at Georgia Southern; Loose Canon: Prepare to Receive Newcomers; Upcoming Gospel: To Craft an Artistic Revolution; Last Photo: Resting in God’s Presence
  • From the Field Volume 6, #49 (8/3/16)
    Mourning the losses of Carolyn Baker and Carolyn Humphries, Philip Ryan hired by Christ Church Valdosta and Josh McMains at Trinity Statesboro, Acolyte Festival Registration Closes Monday, Upcoming Retreats at Honey Creek, National Church Seeks Delegates for UN Commission, and much more.
  • From the Field Volume 6, #48 (7/27/16)
    Register now for CreekFEST, Tuttle ordination planned for August 6, Disaster Preparedness, Women’s Retreat at Honey Creek November 4-6, The Proven Way to Get Closer to Jesus, and much more.
  • From the Field Volume 6, #47 (7/20/16)
    Learning to Invite-Welcome-Connect at the diocesan convention, A One-Day Retreat for Women on August 13, Save the Dates for the Fall Clergy Conference, CreekFEST is coming to Honey Creek October 21-23, Administrator’s Corner, Final Summer Camp Session of 2016 Underway, and much more.
  • From the Field Volume 6, #46 (7/13/16)
    2016 Full-Time Priest Salary Survey, New Rector called to St. Peter’s, Savannah, Bishop’s Visitation Schedule, Register for Education for Ministry, Georgia Well Represented at National Happening, Godly Play Training in Augusta on July 29-31, Pokemon Go presents unique opportunity for churches, and much more.
  • From the Field Volume 6, #45 (7/6/16)
    Register for the Acolyte Festival in August, Connect to God at the Fall Prayer Retreat, St. Athanasius’ Celebrates 131st Anniversary, Integrity Georgia Fall Retreat Meets October 28-29, Explore a Possible Monastic Vocation at the Convent, Register for the Remaining Summer Camp Sessions, and much more.
  • From the Field Volume 6, #44 (6/29/16)
    Anna Iredale named Diocesan Director of Communications, The Rev. Denise Ronn Called to Hinesville, A Message from our Diocesan Disaster Coordinators, Youth Mission Team is back from Nebraska, Christ Church Frederica ECW distributes more than $70,000 in grants, Christ Church Valdosta Mission Team Home, VBS photos, and much more.
  • From the Field Volume 6, #43 (6/22/16)
    Deacon Culbreath honored for servanthood, Youth mission team now in Nebraska, Save the date for August 13-14 Acolyte Festival, Register for Happening, Apply for New Beginnings Team, VBS photos, and much more.
  • From the Field Volume 6, #42 (6/15/16)
    Honey Creek Awarded UTO Grant for Ecology Center, Pray for those killed in Orlando, Camp Hope Now Underway in Thomasville, St. Margaret’s Moultrie cares for health care volunteers, High School Summer Camp Underway, Vacation Bible School photos from across the Diocese, and much more.
  • From the Field Volume 6, #41 (6/8/16)
    CreekFEST plans, St. Peter’s Savannah passes $1 million mark in donations to charities, Boy Scouts build ramp for Oak Street Episcopal Mission, Creation Care Commission serves Honey Creek with Toil and Sweat, Vacation Bible School photos from across the Diocese, OSH Convent open for retreats and meetings, and much more.
  • From the Field Volume 6, #40 (6/1/16)
    Nominations open for diocesan elections, St. Paul’s Augusta celebrates school partnership, Compline on Tybee Beach through Labor Day, Summer intern at Columba House Savannah, Former Savannah Rector Named National Cathedral Dean, and much more.
  • From the Field Volume 6, #39 (5/25/16)
    Three Ordained Priests on May 21, Bruce Fehr Deposed from the Priesthood, St. Elizabeth of Hungary, Richmond Hill, Rudy Reyes Leaving Diocesan Staff, Glynn Episcopal Ministries (GEM), CDI Graduates a Fifth Class, Save the Date for CreekFEST, Youth Missioner on the Road, and much more.
  • From the Field Volume 6, #38 (5/18/16)
    Four Deacons Ordained on May 14, St. Alban’s, Augusta, Community Update, Creation Care Volunteer Opportunities, Christ Church Team Returns from the DR, Pentecost Around the Diocese in Photos, and much more.
  • From the Field Volume 6, #37 (5/11/16)
    Headlines: Plans for Bishop’s Sabbatical, Bishop’s Visitations, Community Update, Bank Offers Ongoing Building Use at No Charge, Christ Church Mission Team Arrival, and much more.
  • From the Field Volume 6, #36 (5/4/16)
    Upcoming diocesan election information, EYCS College Scholarship Deadline, Summer Camp registration, and much more.
  • From the Field Volume 6, #35 (4/27/16)
    450+ Hours of Service Completed!, Community Update, Seven Ordinations Set for May, Earth Day Celebrated, Young Adult Internship Priority Deadline is Today, and much more.
  • From the Field Volume 6, #34 (4/20/16)
    Honey Creek Receives Award for Excellence in Creation Care Education, St. Paul’s, Augusta, Upcoming Survey, Responding to Needs Ecuador and Japan, Earth Day Resources, and much more.
  • From the Field Volume 6, #33 (4/13/16)
    Register for Summer Camp, Bishop’s Visitation, St. Anne’s Mission Team Home from the DR, and much more.
  • From the Field Volume 6, #32 (4/06/16)
    One Mission, Two Locations (Hometown Missions), Diocesan Community Update, Bishop’s Visitation and Ordination, St. Anne’s Team Arrives in the Dominican Republic, and much more.
  • From the Field Volume 6, #31 (3/30/16)
    Easter Photos, Wetzel Ordination to the Diaconate, Denominational Coalition Opposed Property Bill, Hometown Mission in Albany & Darien, Mary Grace Benhase Writes from YASC in Hong Kong, and much more.
  • From the Field Volume 6, #30 (3/23/16)
    Have a Blessed Holy Week, Diocesan Community Update, Calvary, Americu, Making the Case for Our Campaign, Clergy Spouse Retreat 2016, and much more.
  • From the Field Volume 6, #29 (3/16/16)
    Keeping Up with Diocesan News , Explore a Connection to the Dominican Republic, Upcoming Youth Ministry Retreat, and much more.
  • From the Field Volume 6, #28 (3/9/16)
    Campaign Discernment Study, 1Book1Diocese considers confirmation, EfM Training, and much more.
  • From the Field Volume 6, #27 (3/2/16)
    Seven Ordinations Set for May, 1Book1Diocese studies Eucharist, Register for May Clergy Conference, A Lecture on the Beaufort Revival of 1831, Gunn Marks 50th Ordination Anniversary, St. John’s Bainbridge Recycling, Connecting Young People to Campus Ministries, Confirmation Retreat, Free Easter Invitation video, and much more.
  • From the Field Volume 6, #26 (2/24/16)
    Bishops Denounce Campus Carry Bill, Bringing the Church to the Community, Lent Discussion Considers Holy Orders this Week, The Episcopal Church’s Good Friday Offering, and much more.
  • From the Field Volume 6, #25 (2/17/16)
    Feed My Sheep Cares for Brunswick, Diocesan Staff Announcement, Diocesan Community Update, St. Thomas, Thomasville,Deacon Retreat Reflections, and much more.
  • From the Field Volume 6, #24 (2/10/16)
    Building Bridges with Youth, St. Patrick’s, Pooler, Lent Discussion Considers Baptism this Week, Try a Fast for Creation this Lent, Photos of Congregations Moving into Lent, and much more.
  • From the Field Volume 6, #23 (2/3/16)
    An Update from the Oak Street Mission, Convention 2016 Plans, Application Out for Columba House Internships, Mission Teams on the Ground in the DR and Belize, Chrism Masses Planned for March 18 and 22, Try Advertising Your Congregation on Facebook, and much more.
  • From the Field Volume 6, #22 (1/27/16)
    Thinking Outside the Box at Christ Church Frederica, Southeast Convocation Report on DR Mission Trip, Create a Custom Ash Wednesday Invitation Video , Apply for Summer Camp Staff, Celebration in Americus, and much more.
  • From the Field Volume 6, #21 (1/20/16)
    Primates’ Vote Draws Media Interest, Evangelism video from Bishop Benhase, Southeast Convocation Team Working in the Dominican Republic, Youth Mission Trip to Nebraska Open to Sign Up, Lenten Retreat Opens a Door to Lasting Change, Diocese of Georgia Marched in MLK Parades, and much more.
  • From the Field Volume 6, #20 (1/13/16)
    King of Peace – Discovering the Parish’s Identity, February 23 Event for Retired Priests and Spouses, A Planned Giving Program for Every Church, Four Teams Headed to Dominican Republic, Apply Now for Summer Camp Staff, Still Time to Register for Young Adult Retreat, Lenten Retreat Opens a Door to Lasting Change, Cursillo Weekend Strengthens Your Faith, Walk with the Diocese in MLK Parade, Integrity Georgia Meets January 30 in Waycross, and much more.
  • From the Field Volume 6, #19 (1/6/16)
    CDI Enhances Lay Leadership, New Canons for the Diocese of Georgia, Parochial Reports, Notice to Those with our Health Savings Accounts, Register for Young Adult Winter Retreat, and much more.
  • From the Field Volume 6, #18 (12/30/15)
    Light Shines in the Darkness, Christmas Around the Diocese, and more.
  • From the Field Volume 6, #17 (12/23/15)
    Varner to Serve as Youth Missioner, St. Anne’s, Tifton, Advent Discussion Concludes with Prayer, Two Georgia Dioceses Sponsor Radio Broadcast, and much more.
  • From the Field Volume 6, #16 (12/16/15)
    Headlines: Youth & Young Adult Event, King of Peace, Kingsland, Advent Around the Diocese, and much more.
  • From the Field Volume 6, #15 (12/9/15)
    Headlines: Church Development Institute Offers a Common Framework, Pray for Presiding Bishop Michael Curry, Advent in Photos, Register for Winter Young Adult Retreat, and much more.
  • From the Field Volume 6, #13 (11/25/15)
    Headlines: Happy Thanksgiving, John Jenkins Ordained to the Priesthood, Call For a New Diocesan Missioner for Youth, Deadline for Registering for Advent Retreat, EYCS Scholarship Program Changes Lives, 1Book1Diocese Starts November 29, New Beginnings Retreat Draws Large Participation, Deacon Geri Nelson Reflects on Ministry of Servanthood, Presiding Bishop’s Primatial Staff has a Louttit Connection, and much more.
  • From the Field Volume 6, #12 (11/18/15)
    Headlines: Convention Inspires Sharing the Good News, Arboleda and Steele Ordained Deacons, Gathering Raises $10,000 in support of Homeless Ministry, The Actions of the 194th Convention, and much more.
  • From the Field Volume 6, #11 (11/11/15)
    Headlines: 194th Convention Starts Tomorrow, Dale Jones Ordained to the Sacred Order of Deacons, Honey Creek, Registration for New Beginnings Closes Today, and much more.
  • From the Field Volume 6, #10 (11/4/15)
    Headlines: Coaches Maximize Clergy Potential, Installation of the 27th Presiding Bishop, Convention Workshops, Deadline Friday for Convention Registration, Upcoming ordinations, Proposed Resolutions and Canonical Changes, Savannah Beer and Hymns, All Saints Weekend Photos, and much more.
  • From the Field Volume 6, #9 (10/28/15)
    Headlines: Bishop Benhase on Evangelism, All Saints’, Tybee, Register for November New Beginnings, Service to Mentally Challenged Persons Honored, and much more.
  • From the Field Volume 6, #8 (10/21/15)
    Headlines: Same Sex Marriage Policy, Open enrollment for health insurance, and much more.
  • From the Field Volume 6, #7 (10/15/15)
    Headlines: Worship in a homeless camp, the Rev. George Porter retires, Six ordinations in six weeks, Blessing of the Animals photos, and much more.
  • From the Field Volume 6, #6 (10/7/15)
    Headlines: An update on the growth at Christ Church Cordele, How to Assist in South Carolina Flood Response, Convention 2015, Blessing of the Animals photos, and much more.
  • From the Field Volume 6, #5 (9/30/15)
    Headlines: Register for diocesan convention, the OSH Convent has moved, convention lock-in, Fall Clergy Conference and and much more.
  • From the Field Volume 6, #4 (9/23/15)
    Headlines: Youth Events in Convocations, Two new rectors called, Nomimations open for diocesan elections, Celebrate Deaconess Alexander this week, Lutheran magazine highlights Georgia Connections, and much more.
  • From the Field Volume 6, #3 (9/16/15)
    Headlines: A focus on evangelism at the diocesan convention, Deacon Barbara Crampton (1925-2015), The Rev. James P. Crowther, Jr. (1933-2015), 1Book1Diocese for Advent and Lent, and much more.
  • From the Field Volume 6, #2 (9/9/15)
    Headlines:Congregational Development, St. John’s, Bainbridge, Columba House Augusta calls a Missioner,Still Time to Register for Fall Gathering, and much more.
  • From the Field Volume 6, #1 (9/2/15)
    Headlines:Leadership Development Initiatives, Celebrate Deaconess Alexander the Week of September 24, Are you an emotionally intelligent leader?, CDI (Congregational Development Institute), Fall Programs Getting Underway, and much more.
  • From the Field Volume 5, #52 (8/26/15)
    Headlines: Giving Hope with 1700 Hours of Service, The Rev. George Franklin Bowers (1935-2015), New Ministry to Savannah’s Homeless Receives Grant, More than 100 gather for 2015 Acolyte Festival, and much more.
  • From the Field Volume 5 #51 (8/19/15)
    Headlines:Community Begins Third Year, Diocesan Community Update, Join in Diocesan-Wide Studies this Advent and Lent, The Deacon’s Beacon and much more.
  • From the Field Volume 5, #50 (8/12/15)
    Headlines: Working Together for the Community, Diocesan Community Update, The Rev. Dr. James A. Johnson (1947-2015), Acolyte Festival Registration Closes Friday, and much more.
  • From the Field Volume 5, #49 (8/5/15)
    Headlines: Register for Education for Ministry, The Rev. Iane Sastre Accepts call as Rector of St. Athanasius, Mary Grace Benhase Serving a Year in Hong Kong, So you feel called to serve as a Deacon, Bishop Coadjutor Elected for our Companion Diocese, and much more.
  • From the Field Volume 5, #48 (7/29/15)
    Headlines: Input Sought on Diocesan Asset Map, First Oak Street Mission Summer Camp, Campaign Bulletin Insert, Interns Sought for Columba House Augusta, Ruby White Honored by Church Women, Deacon Larry Jesion in the Deacons’ Beacon, Four Upcoming Retreats for Adults, Register for Acolyte Festival, Musician Sought for Savannah Homeless Ministry, Clergy and Spouses Register Now for Conference, and much more.
  • From the Field Volume 5, #47 (7/22/15)
    Headlines: 2015 Full-Time Priest Salary Survey, Have you ever considered the diaconate?, Cursillo: An Opportunity to Know and Be Known, Women’s Retreat at Honey Creek, and much more.
  • From the Field Volume 5, #46 (7/15/15)
    Headlines: Acolyte Festival in August on St. Simons Island, A Letter from Bishop Benhase about the General Convention, A Prayer Cycle for Each Sunday of the Year, Convention 2015 Hotel Accommodations, Save the Dates for Advent and Lenten Retreats, Harvard Business Review Considers Church Stats, and much more.
  • From the Field Volume 5, #45 (7/8/15)
    Headlines: General Convention Wrap Up Coverage, Draft Policy on substance abuse, addiction & recovery, Clergy and Spouses Save the Date for Conference, Deacon Purks’ Service to Humanity Honored, and much more.
  • From the Field Volume 5, #44 (7/1/15)
    Headlines: General Convention Concludes Friday, The Georgia Deputation on the Presiding Bishop Elect, Youth Mission Home from Trip to the DR, Blessed Deaconess Alexander Added to Calendar, Bishop Benhase’ Statement on Supreme Court Decision, Marcie Cherau Elected UTO Vice President, Deacon Marty Meuschke Retires, and much more.
  • From the Field Volume 5, #43 (6/24/15)
    Headlines: General Convention Work Begins in Salt Lake City, Youth Mission Team on the Ground in the DR, Congregation Hosts Red Cross Blood Drive, and much more.
  • From the Field Volume 5, #42 (6/17/15)
    Headlines: New Creation Care Initiatives, Stewart Named Interim Youth Missioner, Changes to Safeguarding God’s Children, Countdown to the General Convention, Valdosta Mission Team on the Ground in the DR, Georgians Teaching Adults About Youth Work, and much more.
  • From the Field Volume 5, #41 (6/10/15)
    Headlines: Deputies Meet in Regional Synod, Final General Convention Conversation to be in Cochran, Vacation Bible School photos, and much more.
  • From the Field Volume 5, #40 (6/3/15)
    Headlines: Convention 2015 in Savannah, The Road to the General Convention, Register for Green Work Weekend at Honey Creek, and much more.
  • From the Field Volume 5, #39 (5/27/15)
    Headlines: Recommended for Parish Status, Bishop’s Visitations, Pentecost Around the Diocese in Photos, and much more.
  • From the Field Volume 5, #38 (5/20/15)
    Headlines: Wish List Filled from Afghanistan, Honey Creek Commission News, Greneker Hired as Honey Creek Campus Coordinator, Building a Youth-Led Ministry for Youth, and much more.
  • From the Field Volume 5, #37 (5/13/15)
    Headlines: Financial Oversight Is Critical, The Rev. Anna Martin Henderson (1942-2015), Diocesan Community Update, Blue Book Published, Presiding Bishop Candidates Named, and much more.
  • From the Field Volume 5, #36 (5/6/15)
    Headlines: Elizabeth Burns moving on from Youth programs, General Convention Conversation, Spring Rally, Aaron Brwer Ordained to the Diaconate, and much more.
  • From the Field Volume 5, #35 (4/29/15)
    Headlines: Statement on Priest’s Arrest, Rebekah Stewart Hired as Communication and Event Specialist, Becky Rowell ordained to the priesthood, Spring Clergy Conference, and much more.
  • From the Field Volume 5, #34 (4/22/15)
    Headlines: Youth Engage in Service in Thomasville and Augusta, Bishop’s Visitation, Upcoming Ordinations, Education for Ministry (EfM) in the Diocese, and much more.
  • From the Field Volume 5, #33 (4/14/15)
    Headlines: Emotional Intelligence Workshop at Honey Creek, From the Field Moving to Wednesdays, Rowell to be Ordained to the Sacred Order of Priests, Lodge Rooms Full for Clergy Conference, Apply for Columba House Augusta, and much more.
  • From the Field Volume 5, #32 (4/7/15)
    Headlines: Holy Week and Easter in Photos, Bishop’s Holy Week Visitations, Register Now for October Cursillo, and much more.
  • From the Field Volume 5, #31 (3/31/15)
    Headlines: Columba House Expands into Augusta, Holy Week Across the Diocese, Loose Canon, and much more.
  • From the Field Volume 5, #30 (3/24/15)
    Headlines: Deputies to Hold Conversations, The Rev. Dcn. Mary-Kathleen Blanchard, Ph.D. (1948-2015), Another Successful Short Course in Christianity, Community Garden Named Garden of the Month, and much more.
  • From the Field Volume 5, #29 (3/17/15)
    Headlines: Chrism Mass Scheduled for Two Locations, St. Anne’s Mission Team Home from the DR, Calling all Cursillo Alumni, A Heart Opening Pilgrimage to East Africa, Book Rooms for ECW Annual Meeting by March 23, Register for Spring Clergy Conference, and more.
  • From the Field Volume 5, #28 (3/10/15)
    Headlines: Register for Spring Clergy Conference, Call for Part-Time Communication and Events Specialist, A Reflection on New Beginnings #46, Three from Georgia Learning the Struggles of Refugees in Africa, St. Anne’s Tifton in the DR, MissionInsite demographic profiles, ECW Annual Meeting, Summer Camp Nurses Needed, and more.
  • From the Field Volume 5, #27 (3/3/15)
    Headlines: Three Traveling to Africa to Share Refugee Stories, Diocesan Staff Changes, Christ Church, Dublin, Reflecting on the 2015 Clergy Spouse Conference, and more.
  • From the Field Volume 5, #26 (2/24/15)
    Headlines: Summer Camp registration is at an all-time high, New Email Newsletter for those who have attended Cursillo, Safeguarding Live Training Scheduled for Savannah, Attracting Families with Young Children, , Bishop Stephen Elliott in the diocesan archives, and more.
  • From the Field Volume 5, #25 (2/17/15)
    Headlines: Ariails to head Companion Diocese Commission, Parochial Reports Due Now, General Convention Documents Online, Keeping Connected to the Core of Your Faith, Kamp PHUN Issues Parish Challenge, Bishop Barnwell in the diocesan archives, and more.
  • From the Field Volume 5, #24 (2/09/15)
    Headlines: Draffin Named Diocesan Treasurer, Three from Georgia will Share Refugee Journeys, Save the Date for Closing Service of Cursillo, Optical Mission Team Home from Dominican Republic, A Maintenance Reserve Study Avoids Surprises, Bishop Beckwith in the Diocesan Archives, and more.
  • From the Field Volume 5, #23 (2/02/15)
    Headlines: Happening Connects Teen to God, The Very Rev. Joan Kilian named Dean of Central Convocation, Two Bishops Consecrated New Church Building for St. Patrick’s Albany, Eye Care Mission Team Working Now in Dominican Republic, Camellia Garden Dedicated at Christ Church Valdosta, Register for Clergy Spouses’ Conference, A Brief How to Guide on Welcoming Visitors, Bishop Reese in the Diocesan Archives, and more.
  • From the Field Volume 5, #22 (1/27/15)
    Headlines: Deacons Pray with paintbrushes, The Rev. Jack Dyer (1927-2015), Clergy Save the Date for Conferences and Chrism Mass, Two Bishops to Consecrate New Church in Albany, The Rev. Jamie Maury Ordained to Priesthood, Support Mission through the United Thank Offering, Save the Date for ECW Annual Meeting in April in Savannah, Resources for new vestry members, Bishop Nelson in the Archives, and more.
  • From the Field Volume 5, #21 (1/20/15)
    Headlines: Episcopal Group in MLK Parade, Gary Abbott to Retire, Register for Clergy Spouse Conference, Southeast Mission Team Returning from the DR, Bishop Louttit in the Archives, The Jesus Prayer, and more.
  • From the Field Volume 5, #20 (1/13/15)
    Headlines: Hometown Missions, Date and place set for Convention 2015, Apply for a UTO Grant, Columba House Intern/Fellow Deadline Approaching, Bishop Shipps in Archives, How to Go from Church Member to Disciple, Lenten Retreat at Honey Creek, and more.
  • From the Field Volume 5, #19 (1/6/15)
    Headlines: Katie Willoughby named Canon for Administration, Results from Campaign Survey at Convention, March in Savannah’s MLK Parade, Bishop Reeves in the archives, Lenten Confirmation Retreat, Rewiring your brain with common prayer, Christmastide Photos from Across the Diocese, and more.
  • From the Field Volume 5, #18 (12/30/14)
    Headline: Praying from Christmas to Lent, Diocesan Community Update, Holy Nativity, St. Simons Island , Christmas Photos from Across the Diocese, and more.
  • From the Field Volume 5, #17 (12/23/14)
    Headlines: Dioceses Sponsor Radio Broadcast of Kings College Lessons and Carols, The Rev. Loren and Ian Lasch have a son, Brockenborough ordained to priesthood, Final TREC Report, Mission Trip to Ecuador, Advent Around the Diocese in Photos, and more.
  • From the Field Volume 5, #16 (12/16/14)
    Headlines: First Sunday in the New Building, Bishop’s Visitation , New Columba House Fellow, Register for Cursillo, What in the world is a “Signature Ministry”, Around the Diocese in Photos, and more.
  • From the Field Volume 5, #15 (12/9/14)
    Headlines: Register Now for March Cursillo, St. Patrick’s, Pooler, Teens Participate in Province IV Event, New Parish Hall Building Dedicated, Lunch Bunch and Stitchers of Love, Loose Canon, and more.
  • From the Field Volume 5, #14 (12/2/14)
    Headline: Columba House Internship Applications, Giving Tuesday, Think Outside the Manger Devotions, Convent Construction, Dominican Republic Youth Mission Trip, Register for Vocare and Happening, the Power of Polite, Persistent Invitation, Advent Photos, and more.
  • From the Field Volume 5, #13 (11/25/14)
    Headline: EYCS Ingathering, CDI Openings for December, Wood-Miles Named Province IV Campus Ministry Coordinator, Videos of Honey Creek hosting Convention 2014 Eucharist and Concert, Sommerville reflections on blog, Vestry service, and more.
  • From the Field Volume 5, #12 (11/18/14)
    Headline: Revised Diocesan Canons, Burt Derrick Ordained Deacon, Holy Comforter Martinez 15th Anniversary, Vestry Basics, and more.
  • From the Field Volume 5, #11 (11/11/14)
    Headline: Convention Brings Diocese Together, Bishop’s Address, The Actions of the 193rd Convention, Election Results for the 193rd Convention, Convention Photos Online for All to Share, The Loose Canon, Deacon’s Beacon and more.
  • From the Field Volume 5, #10 (11/04/14)
    Headline: 193rd Convention Starts Thursday, Legacy Ministry, National Cathedral Director of Preservation to Speak in Savannah, The Loose Canon, and more.
  • From the Field Volume 5, #9 (10/28/14)
    Headline: proposed Canonical Changes, St. Patrick’s Albany receives grant for Food for a Thousand and dedicates building cornerstone, Photos of Fall Events Around the Diocese, Convention Volunteers still needed, The Loose Canon, and more.
  • From the Field Volume 5, #8 (10/21/14)
    Headline: Prepare for EYCS Ingathering, Honey Creek’s Lodge Receives Gifts for Five Room Renovations, Unseen Guest Ministry Serves Tens of Thousands, New Youth Director in Waynesboro, Join Youth Mission Trip to the Dominican Republic, New Beginnings Follow Up, The Loose Canon, and more.
  • From the Field Volume 5, #7 (10/14/14)
    Headline: Two weeks to register for convention, Nominees Announced, Convention Lock In, Green Summit and Upcoming Green Workshop, Honey Creek Thanksgiving, More Pet Blessings, The Loose Canon on Time-Tested Ways to Shrink Your Church, and more.
  • From the Field Volume 5, #6 (10/7/14)
    Headline: Willoughby Stepping Down, Diocesan Youth Mission Trip to Dominican Republic, Blessing of the Animals Across the Diocese, An Update on Reimaging the Episcopal Church, The Loose Canon, and more.
  • From the Field Volume 5, #5 (9/30/14)
    Headline: Still Time for Nominations, Fall Clergy Conference Wrapping Up, Bishop’s Visitation, St. Michael’s, Waynesboro Celebrates 125 Years, The Rev. Dr. Reed Freeman Serving in Transition, Register for October New Beginnings, Youth Presence Adult Teams Training, The Loose Canon, Marked as Christ’s Own, and more.
  • From the Field Volume 5, #4 (9/24/14)
    Headlines: Honey Creek Chapel Laser Cut Art, Braving the Showers for an Epic Fall Gathering, Celebration for the Refreshed Parish Hall, Purpose Filled Women Retreat at Honey Creek, The Loose Canon, Part-Time Parish Administrator Sought, and more.
  • From the Field Volume 5, #3 (9/16/14)
    Headlines: Good News for 2015 Insurance Rates, Bishop’s Visitations, Green Summit and Upcoming Green Workshops, Convention Website, The Loose Canon, Columba House, and more.
  • From the Field Volume 5, #2 (9/9/14)
    Headlines: Deaconess Alexander Resolution for Convention, Registration Closing for Fall Gathering, Brushes with Fate at St. Luke’s in Rincon, Hear the Gospel of Matthew in Albany, The Loose Canon, and more.
  • From the Field Volume 5, #1 (9/2/14)
    Headlines: Register for the Bishop’s Bash, EDAT Hires First Executive Director, Third Intern Arrives at Columba House, Common Song Workshop Coming to Kingsland, Convention Nominations Open, Resolution Deadline September 7, The Loose Canon, and more.
  • From the Field Volume 4, #52 (8/26/14)
    Headlines: Diocesan Audit Now Online, EQ-HR Workshop Strengthens Emotional Intelligence, Green Church Workshops Continue, Bible Reading Marathon Proves Transformative, The Rev. Larry Williams Begins as Vicar, The Loose Canon, and more.
  • From the Field Volume 4, #51 (8/19/14)
    Headlines: Focusing on Congregational Vitality, Acolyte Festival Draws Youth from Across the Diocese, Columba House Welcome New Interns, Information for Convention Exhibitors – Please take note!, Updated Prayer Cycles Posted Online, The Loose Canon, Register Now for Fall Gathering, and more.
  • From the Field Volume 4, #50 (8/12/14)
    Headlines: Visit Convention 2014 Website, Green Workshops Continue, Farewell Luncheon for the Rev. Tom Arledge, Live Presentation of the Gospel of Matthew Planned for Albany, Blessing of the Backpacks Photos, Subscribe to Youth Programs eNewsletter, Plan Now for Pet Blessings in October, Register for Fall Gathering, and more.
  • From the Field Volume 4, #49 (8/5/14)
    Headlines: Register for Convention 2014, Nominate Persons for Elections, Registration Closes Sunday for Acolyte Festival, The Blessing of the Backpacks, Register for Fall Gathering on Divergent Theme, St. Patrick’s Albany grows and gives more than 1,000 pounds of vegetables, Presiding Bishop’s Sermon, Register for Youth Presence Adult Teams Training, and more.
  • From the Field Volume 4, #48 (7/29/14)
    Headlines: Priest Salary Survey, Convention Workshops and Elections Announced, Update on Gaza and the Al Ahli Hospital, A Team Approach to Youth Ministry in Kingsland, and more.
  • From the Field Volume 4, #47 (7/22/14)
    Headlines:Presiding Bishop’s Visit, Money Held in Trust Helps Fund Dream, Green Church Workshop Series, The Adventure of Your Life!, ACS Database Training, Register Now for Three Upcoming Events,and more.
  • From the Field Volume 4, #46 (7/15/14)
    Headlines: Register Now for the Acolyte Festival, Georgians Participate in National Youth Event, Georgia Represented at National Happening, Congregation Active in Community Events, Registration Open for Fall Gathering and “Bish Bash”, Places Available for Final Summer Camp Week, VBS, and more.
  • From the Field Volume 4, #45 (7/8/14)
    Headlines: Green Church Workshop Series, The Rev. Addison Dawson Teague, Jr., Crisis Creates Opportunity, Deacons Seek Nominations for Lay Servants, New Youth Missioner on St. Simons Island, A Full Camp During the “Off Week” of Summer Camp, and more.
  • From the Field Volume 4, #44 (7/1/14)
    Headlines: Convention 2014 this November, Bishop’s Visitation to Worship on the Water, Mission Team Home from Sewanee Pilgrimage, Social Media Sunday Around the Diocese, Distributing Food to Families with Second Harvest, and more.
  • From the Field Volume 4, #43 (6/24/14)
    Headlines: Agency Takes Root in Thomasville, Christ Church, Augusta, Community Update, Diocesan Youth Mission Trip Underway, Vocare Reunion, Deacon’s Beacon, and more.
  • From the Field Volume 4, #42 (6/17/14)
    Headline: Darien Ministry Awarded UTO Grant, St. Matthew’s, Fitzgerald, Presiding Bishop to Preside and Preach in July, Summer Camp Parent and Child Program for K-2, Mission Team Home from the Dominican Republic, Celebrating 50 Years, and more.
  • From the Field Volume 4,#41 (6/11/14)
    Headline: Georgia Facilitates Discussion, All Saints, Tybee Island, Summer Camp Parent and Child Program for K-2, Breaking Ground for Ministry Center, Mission Team at Work Now in Dominican Republic, Series of Visioning Meetings Concluded in Savannah, Pentecost Around the Diocese in Photos, and more.
  • From the Field Volume 4, #40 (6/3/14)
    Headline: Rogation Days Celebrated,Bishop’s Visitation, Thank You to our Diocesan Photo Ministers, List of Spiritual Directors Compiled for the Diocese, Four Deacons Ordained on May 31, Last Visioning Meeting in Savannah this Week, Serve the Helpless as if Serving Christ Himself, Sharing the Sounds of Faith in Interfaith Event, and more.
  • From the Field Volume 4, #39 (5/27/14)
    Headlines: Two Unique Summer Liturgies, Rest in Peace Anne Wright Morris Berlin, Meetings Upcoming in Augusta and Savannah, Welcomes Summer Interns, CDI Graduates a Third Class, Christus Rex Dedication, and more.
  • From the Field Volume 4, #38 (5/20/14)
    Headline: Energy Audits Save Churches Money, Community Update, Bishop’s Visitation, Meetings Upcoming in Savannah and Augusta, ECW Annual Meeting at Honey Creek a Success, A Sisterhood of Prayer, Service and Evangelism, and more.
  • From the Field Volume 4, #37 (5/13/14)
    Headlines: Still Time to Register for the Last Happening of 2014, St. Margaret, Moultrie, Albany Convocation Confirmation, Lowery Named Dean of Albany Convocation, Opportunity Knocks, Four Deacons to be Ordained on May 31,and more.
  • From the Field Volume 4, #36 (5/6/14)
    Headlines: Save the Date for Convention 2014, Spring Clergy Conference Wrapping Up, Blessing of the Crops Prayer Breakfast, Can You Share A Selfless Selfie?, Positions Open in Thomasville and on St. Simons Island, Two priests walk into a bar…, and more.
  • From the Field Volume 4, #35 (4/29/14)
    Headlines: Send data for new Field Guide, Earth Day in Thomasville and Bainbridge, Christ Church Frederica seeking Youth Minister, Spring Rally, Preparing for a Tornado, Summer Camp T-shirt Design Contest, and more.
  • From the Field Volume 4, #34 (4/22/14)
    Headlines: Easter, Bishop’s Visitation, Earth Day plans in Thomasville, Register for ECW Annual meeting, Printable Youth Programs brochure, Savannah Convocation Family Day planned, Simulcasting the Eucharist in Brunswick, Wesley wins Golden Halo, Holy Week and Easter Across the Diocese, Spring Rally, Paschal Homily, and more.
  • From the Field Volume 4, #33 (4/15/14)
    Headlines: Blessed Holy Week, Bishop’s Visitation, Episcopal Campus Ministry at Relay for Life, Holy Week Across the Diocese, Spring Rally, and more.
  • From the Field Volume 4, #32 (4/8/14)
    Headlines: Chrism Mass: April 15 in Statesboro, Community Update, Bishop’s Visitation, Parish Enjoys Weekend at Honey Creek, Mission Team Works on Church Construction, A Deacon’s Role with the Uninsured, A Brush with God in Icon Writing Workshop, and more.
  • From the Field Volume 4, #31 (4/1/14)
    Headlines: Hot Sauce Heresy, Community Update, Habitat for Humanity Works with Thomasville Churches, Why Coaching May Be Right for You, St. Patrick’s Albany is Now at Work in the D.R., Workshop Draws from Across the Diocese, EQ-HR, New Beginnings, and more.
  • From the Field Volume 4, #30 (3/25/14)
    Headlines: Cursillo Comes Back Strong, Community Update, MyCPG Website Goes Live, Dr. Jeremy Bergstrom Ordained to the Priesthood, Food for Thought Drawing a Large Lunchtime Group, A Refection on the Young Adult Retreat Weekend, Around the Diocese in Photos, and more.
  • From the Field Volume 4, #29 (3/18/14)
    Headlines: Youth Presence Workshops, Deacons’ Retreat Works on Finding Balance and Peace, Joyous Worship with Junkanoo Band, Subscribe to Diocesan Youth Newsletter, Showing the Flag, and more.
  • From the Field Volume 4, #28 (3/11/14)
    Headlines: Review Your Information, Community Update, Bergstrom Ordination Next Tuesday Evening, Ash Wednesday Around the Diocese, Albany Herald Features Lenten Program, Episcopal Spelling Bee Winners, and more.
  • From the Field Volume 4, #27 (3/4/14)
    Headlines: Planned Giving Sample Documents, Community Update, Launching Youth Presence in Georgia, Preparing for Lent around the Diocese, Georgia Bishops of the Episcopal Church Statement on House Bill 875, Teaching Children To Worship Deeply: A Lenten Learning Day, Food for Thought this Lent, Doing a Jig for Summer Camp, and more.
  • From the Field Volume 4, #26 (2/25/14)
    Headlines: Diocesan Finances Remain Healthy, Steve Larson Ordained to Sacred Order of Priests, Bishop’s Visitation, Community Update, A Successful Diocesan Confirmation Retreat, Dinner Liturgy Starts in Savannah, Clergy Spouses Lenten Retreat, and more.
  • From the Field Volume 4, #24 (2/11/14)
    Headlines: Bond Sale Funded Improvements, Bishop’s Visitation, EDAT Receives United Thank Offering Grant, Diocesan “Green Team”: Call for a Gathering, Ordinations,Living the Story Retreat Deadline this Monday, Spring Clergy Conference, Priority Deadline for Summer Camp Staff This Saturday, Companion Diocese, and more.
  • From the Field Volume 4, #23 (2/4/14)
    Headlines: One Trip Returns, Another at Work Now, St. Thomas, Savannah, Diocesan Community Update, Vocare #23 a Hugely Successful Retreat, The Order of the Daughters of the King® Spring Assembly, and more.
  • From the Field Volume 4, #22 (1/28/14)
    Headlines: Columba House Deadline, Mission Trips this week in the Dominican Republic, Summer Camp Staff Applications, St. Paul’s Augusta’s mobile app, EYCS year round appeal, Mollie Roberts’ Ordination Set, Cursillo #118, Sewanee Mission Trip and Pilgrimage, Church Flower Arranging Workshop Offered, Martin Luther King Day Events Around the Diocese, Remembering a Saint of the Diocese: F. Bland Tucker , and more.
 

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