Lilly article focuses on changing financial landscape in the Episcopal Church

June 20, 2016

The June 2016 issue of Vestry Papers included “From Challenges to Opportunity”, an article written by Susan Elliott which was made possible by Lilly Endowment’s National Initiative to Address the Economic Challenges Facing Pastoral Leaders.

ECF’s grant entitled “From Economic Challenges to Transformational Opportunities” is providing lay and clergy leaders of the Episcopal Church with resources such as this article to help address the financial and leadership challenges of congregational ministry in the 21st century. This article surveys many of the changes taking place across the Episcopal Church in the areas of clergy leadership, employment status, the role of dioceses, and also examines future trends.

In preparing “From Challenges to Opportunity”, Susan Elliot spoke with Dr. Matthew Price, Vice President for Research and Data, Church Pension Group; the Rev. Sarabeth Goodwin, Transitional Latino Missioner, Episcopal Diocese of Washington; Heidi Shott, Canon for Communication and Advocacy, Episcopal Diocese of Maine; and the Rev. Neysa Ellgren, Canon for the Ordinary, Diocese of Oregon, in addition to the congregational leaders named in the article itself.

Susan Elliott is a writer and editor, working with ECF, Forward Movement, Renewal/Works, and parishes and other organizations in the Episcopal Church.

Click here to learn more about ECF’s Lilly Endowment Initiative.

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