Coaching is a dialogue between a coach and an individual, group or team with the intention of finding creative ways to solve challenging problems or improve team performance on key initiatives. The coach's role is to draw out expertise through inquiry, curiosity and challenges so that clients can stretch into their best selves.
Have you ever wondering what this might look like in a church setting? Come and see the Rev. Rachel Jagielski-Harrison conduct a coaching session with a volunteer. Learn more about the benefits of coaching for clergy and lay leaders alike. Decide how this might benefit your own parish or diocese.
Province V Leadership Coaching Project team:
What is the heart of creation care ministry? Vision? Action? Passion? Hope? What do we want for the churches that host and support it? What blesses them? What do we need from those churches? What would bless the ministry? What is the heart of this ministry that needs fed from the fire of faith and the grace of church’s sacrament? If we miss this mark, we set ourselves up for frustration, burnout, and irrelevance. If we hit this mark, we are inviting the church into the very heart of its life. We are offering it healing and wholeness, as well as a ministry in the world.
In this workshop, The Rev. Jerry Cappel will lead a conversation exploring these questions and their implications for an effective and sustaining ministry of creation care in the church. During the workshop, we will consider the roles of imagination, theology, gospel, priesthood, worship, prayer, and the work of repair with God for all creation.
Jerry Cappel, Diocese of Kentucky
When we hear the word Mission Field, what do you think? If you are like me, I think of foreign places, hot weather and serving a small community of Christians. A mission field that has been overlooked is in our neighborhoods, namely the senior living facilities, especially nursing homes.
In accordance with the five marks of mission, in my presentation I will explain, demonstrate, discuss, invite and empower the laity or perhaps a whole church community to envision establishing a ministry to a local nursing home facility. This ministry would build unity across faith traditions, gather Christians to worship and celebrate God together, share personal life journeys with God, create a spiritual support network for residents—in essence to plant a mini-church in these places of vulnerability, scarcity and fear. This ministry tries to meet ritual and spiritual needs as these individuals face their final journey to God in a place separate from the lives they have built and the families and friends that they shared their lives with as they live in a foreign place as orphans and widows. God journeys with us not only when we have the freedom to move around the world but also when we are limited and poor and restricted. Our need for experiencing God in a community does not diminish when we can no longer get ourselves to a pew. I want to present on how to establish this ministry in your neighborhood. I have been serving nursing facilities as a lay minister for over 30 years. Currently I have built churches, St. Paul’s Church at Paul’s House in Chicago and Holy Generations Church at Generations of Regency in Niles. I offer a weekly prayer service with blessed Eucharist, communion to the bed-bound residents and bible study group. I am a retired high school teacher and God has called me to this ministry. I want to share the richness of this service and to encourage others to join me.
Peggy Taylor, Church of Our Savior, Chicago
As a result of participation in the Sacred Ground curriculum and in response to the resolutions of the 2022 General Convention (C072 and D019) about land acknowledgement, the presenter co-created and implemented a series of 8 sessions on Dismantling the Doctrine of Discovery. The resolutions are a call for the implementation of “land acknowledgement liturgies and prayers to begin any public meetings or worship….”. Recognizing that land acknowledgement is not just an exercise and has to be understood in the context of the language of colonization, reparative justice and stories of repair, a series was created to put land acknowledgement in this larger context.
This series is designed to look at topics such as harm and what repentance and repair looks like in the context of baptismal covenant. In addition, the series addresses the legacy of the Doctrine of Discovery for indigenous people today by exploring the Indian Child Welfare Act, earth care and climate change, health care, and advocacy efforts such as the Land Back movement. In addition to education, an outcome of the series also is doing the work of creating a land acknowledgement with long term intentional action for the parish.
The goal of this presentation will be a review of the outline of the sessions that can be used in adult forum, including sharing the resources used and the use of multiple formats for making the topics interesting as well as meaningful to congregants.
This workshop would be useful for those who are looking for ways to incorporate antiracism and social justice in their parish educational opportunities in ways that are accessible and empowering while also evoking thought and discussion about a difficult topic.
Kathleen Murphy, St. Luke's Episcopal Church, Evanston, IL, Diocese of Chicago
Kathleen Murphy, MSW, PhD, MLIS retired in 2019 from serving as the manager for the Social and Behavioral Institutional Review Board at Northwestern University in Evanston Illinois. In addition to a 20-year career in the private practice of psychotherapy and years of teaching adjunct in academia, she currently serves as a Board member on the ethics review boards for two academic institutions. She volunteers at the Northfield Food Pantry and as the public member for commissions for the ADA. She is a co-facilitator for Sacred Ground and serves on the Anti-racism Action Committee and Formation Committee at St. Luke’s parish in Evanston.
A5 - Camps, Cathedrals and the Ministry of Belonging
Community, Loneliness, and the Ministry of Belonging” According to a recent report by the Surgeon General, loneliness and lack of meaningful connection are one of the fastest-growing health concerns in our country. This concern stretches across all our congregations. For many of our church members, finding meaningful relational connections amid a busy modern life can be overwhelming. So what can we – or should -we, as the Body of Christ, do about this? Join Jerusalem Greer, interim executive director of Procter Camp and Conference Center, member of the Way of Love creation team, and former Manager of Evangelism and Discipleship for The Episcopal Church to explore the 59 One Anothers of the New Testament and how they can help us eradicate aloneness and create authentic communities centered on Jesus and his way of love.
Jerusalem Greer, Procter Camp and Conference Center, Southern Ohio
This workshop will introduce participants to resources produced by the Episcopal Task Force on Mental Health, along with other resources, to aid and guide people in ministry with people with mental health challenges and their families. Topics addressed will include recognizing mental health crises and persistent mental health challenges, speaking openly about mental health, respecting each person's dignity, caring for caregivers and family members, creating an inclusive and safe faith environment, knowing local resources, and helping faith communities develop care action plans.
David Gortner, Episcopal Task Force for Mental Health Ministry, Spokane
Learn tools and tips to practice innovation, including an overview of design thinking principles, key methods, and a summary of lessons learned from a recent TryTank Innovation Fair.
You will get a chance to practice some of the methods, and learn about the specific results from the event that focused on applying innovation to the following questions:
1. What if we had amazing music at every church?
2. What if we ended food insecurity in our region?
3. What if most young adults were involved with the future of the church?
4. What if we did more Beloved Community and anti-racism work?
5. What if we used more technology for evangelism and formation?
6. What if we ended gun violence?
Our hope is that it will inspire others across Province V to use these tools in their own ministry to generate and try new ideas.
Halley Marsh & Alex Martin, St. Barnabas, Bay Village, Ohio
Halley Marsh is a member at St. Barnabas Bay Village, where she leads the Outreach Team and is very passionate about ending food insecurity. She is also currently a member of the Diocese of Ohio Standing Committee, and has served in other Diocesan roles, including the Search Committee for the 12th Bishop of Ohio and Diocesan Council. She leads a global team of recruiters at Publicis Sapient, a consulting firm with 20,000+ employees specializing in digital business transformation. When she isn't working or volunteering with the church, she is spending time with her husband, 8-year old daughter, and their dog. She is also an avid reader of both fiction and non-fiction, and would love any book recommendations you might have.
Father Alex is passionate about creating a place where those who feel left out elsewhere can find a community to embrace them and unapologetically proclaim God’s boundless love for all people.
A native of Northeast Ohio, Fr. Alex has a Bachelor of Arts in History from The Ohio State University (where he dotted the “i” in Script Ohio) and a Master of Divinity from The General Theological Seminary. After graduation from seminary, Fr. Alex was Associate Priest at St. Timothy's Episcopal Church in Cincinnati before being called to St. Barnabas. He currently serves as president of the Standing Committee of the Diocese of Ohio.
Fr. Alex lives right up the street from the church in the rectory with his husband and their Border Collie Maggie. Alex and Rob enjoy spoiling Maggie, being outdoors, cheering on the Buckeyes, and spending time with family. They are both lifelong Cleveland sports fans - especially the Guardians. Alex also follows tennis and Formula 1. He enjoys cycling around town, walking Maggie at Bradley Road Park, rowing in his single shell, and sailing on Lake Erie in his old Tartan 3000 called “Sabbatical.”
Our liturgy is meant to be sung! Resources from St. James Music Press will be introduced so that psalms and prayers can be sung, even without a choir. Participants will learn about pointing psalms, musical settings of the prayers, and how to include more participatory singing in their services.
Kevin Simons, St. John's Episcopal Church, Saginaw, Eastern Michigan
In 2006 the 75th General Convention adopted the resolution A123 "Slavery and Racial Reconciliation" with the call for every diocese to document "(a) the complicity of The Episcopal Church in the institution of slavery and in the subsequent history of segregation and discrimination and (b) the economic benefits The Episcopal Church derived from the institution of slavery." Reparations while not named explicitly are implied in this resolution. Therefore this workshop will focus on the long term work of repentance, reconciliation and repair, the three key parts of reparations. Included in this workshop will be a report on the Third National Symposium for State and Local Reparations held in Evanston, Illinois in late November 2023 and case studies on reparations from two dioceses of our church.
Newland Smith, Historiographer, Chicago
Brian Wilbert, Archivist, Diocese of Ohio
Our baptism is the foundation of our faith and identity. Through it, we are marked as Christ’s own and become members of God’s family, which stretches around the world. Our Baptismal Covenant is a way of life that gives us a framework, a roadmap, for our participation in God’s story in the world. Through it we tell our story: We name what we believe, who we are as Christians, and how we will try to live lives of faith that reflect the presence of Christ that is in each of us. Join us as we explore our Baptismal Covenant through a global lens and how the words “I will, with God’s help” guide the relationships and community we build globally and locally.
Elizabeth Boe, Office of Global Partnerships, Presiding Bishop's Staff