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Upcoming ECF Web Conferences: Fall 2012
08/15/12

As part of ECF's on-going efforts to assist congregations in developing their leadership and financial resources, we are offering a wide range of webinars for clergy and lay parish leaders this fall. There is no cost to participate in any of these webinars and all lay and clergy leaders are welcome to participate.

Topics will include stewardship, vestry practices (in English and in Spanish), multi-site ministries, congregational leadership formation, team structures, endowments, planned giving, and ministry to address human trafficking.

  • What's Stewing About Stewardship?  Annual Stewardship Best Practices (September 11, 2012, 6:30-7:30 PM ET)
    Are you a little behind on planning your stewardship campaign for fall 2012? Then sign on to this webinar designed to help you get up and running with good results – if you are willing to do a few things differently! The webinar will begin by looking at the basic rules of good fundraising and how those rules are put into practice in the faith community: “What makes an effective “ASK”? Second, what kind of information do committed and potential donors want to hear in order to continue and/or increase their giving? The last item will focus on how to celebrate God’s grace with gratitude in praise and thanks – giving as the commitment cards are gathered. The finale will be putting it all together in a time line that wraps up the campaign up well before Thanksgiving.

    Led by: The Rev. E. Angela Emerson, Angie is a member of the Board of Directors of The Episcopal Network for Stewardship (TENS) and immediate past president of TENS. She also serves as the Minister for Stewardship Development in the Episcopal Diocese of Vermont. Angela began her spiritual journey with money in the early nineties as Junior Warden in a parish in Georgia. She served in a parish in Arizona after ordination and now serves all the parishes in Vermont as well as the Episcopal Dioceses in the North East through her work on the Northeast Ecumenical Stewardship Council. She has checked off her bucket list a climb of Mt. Kilimanjaro and her first 100 mile bicycle ride along the Connecticut River valley in New Hampshire and Vermont.

    Click here to learn more and register.

  • Sound Practices for Vestry Leaders (September 12, 2012, 7:00-8:00 PM ET)
    This webinar will help you understand roles, responsibilities, and best practices for vestries. You will learn how to move your vestry from a focus on day-to-day management or crisis response to a more effective form of leadership. Designed for clergy, wardens, and vestry members, this webinar will explore the role of the vestry in selecting new leadership, orienting new members, planning and evaluation, and supporting staff and volunteers.

    Click here to learn more and register.
     
  • Out of Many, One (September 18, 2012, 7:00-8:00 PM ET)
    ECF Fellow Rosa Lindahl Mallow (2010) is leading an innovative effort in Fort Lauderdale, FL to merge three very different churches into one: a large, suburban church; a Latino storefront church; and a small, financially struggling congregation. As she described in this article for ECF Vital Practices, "The New River Regional Ministry is a new expression of 'multi-cell' or 'multi-site' ministry, created in response to a need for church planting and as a response to area congregations in deep crisis." Learn more about this effort and how this might apply to your own context.

    Click here to learn more and register.

  • Mejores Prácticas para la Junta Parroquial (September 19, 2012, 7:00-8:00 PM ET)
    Este webinar le ayudará a entender los papeles, responsabilidades, y las mejores prácticas para la junta parroquial. Usted aprenderá a lograr cambiar el enfoque de las cuestiones de día a día de los miembros de la junta parroquial, hacia un estilo de liderazgo más eficaz. Diseñado para los clérigos, guardianes y miembros de la Junta Parroquial, este webinar explorará el papel de la junta parroquial en la selección de un nuevo liderazgo, la orientación de los nuevos miembros, la planificación y evaluación, y el apoyo a los empleados y voluntarios.

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  • Identifying & Recruiting New Leaders (September 26, 2012, 7:00-8:00 PM ET)
    Using tools adapted from the tradition of movement building and community organizing, this webinar will feature concrete steps in learning how to spot parishioners with good leadership potential and how to recruit them in a way that connects your values to theirs. Ella Auchincloss of the Diocese of Massachusetts' Leadership Development Initiative will help you learn to develop your own story of call and elicit this story from others. This webinar will feature a role-play demonstration and follow up worksheet materials to share with your congregational leadership team.

    Click here to learn more and register.

  • Creating Strong Team Structure (October 3, 2012, 7:00-8:00 PM ET)
    Once you have recruited strong leaders, it is important to develop a team that will grow in faith, inspiration and action. Ella Auchincloss of the Diocese of Massachusetts' Leadership Development Initiative will teach you how to build these teams using evidence-based practices that work and are easy to understand and implement. We all know that a dysfunctional team can derail the best efforts and all of us have a story to tell of when this has happened to us. This webinar will focus how to create a sense of shared purpose, interdependent roles and ground rules for behavior that will ensure a committed and productive team.

    Click here to learn more and register.

  • Sound Practices for Vestry Leaders (October 17, 2012 7:00-8:00 PM ET)
    This webinar will help you understand roles, responsibilities, and best practices for vestries. You will learn how to move your vestry from a focus on day-to-day management or crisis response to a more effective form of leadership. Designed for clergy, wardens, and vestry members, this webinar will explore the role of the vestry in selecting new leadership, orienting new members, planning and evaluation, and supporting staff and volunteers.

    Click here to learn more and register.
     
  • Why Structure Matters:  Getting Endowment Structure Right (October 23, 2012, 6:30-7:30 PM ET)
    Getting the structure of your endowment right is often the key to its success. If you want to encourage legacy gifts to your endowment, you need to be able to explain how the money will be used, invested and spent, and who is in charge of making those decisions. ECF has developed a set of sample endowment policies that have been used in hundreds of Episcopal entities to establish and/or refine endowment structure. This webinar will highlight principles and best practices for an effective and growing endowment. Led by: Ken Quigley, Program Director, Endowment Management Solutions at ECF.

    Click here to learn more and register.

  • Changes in Estate Planning (October 24, 2012, 2:00-3:00 PM ET)
    Is now the time to act? Federal estate and gift tax exemptions, and generation skipping tax exemptions are at an all time high. At the same time, federal estate gift tax rates, and generation skipping transfer tax rates are at an all time low. However, if Congress doesn't act, exemptions will decrease and rates will increase beginning January 1, 2013.  Join ECF and ECF's legal counsel, David Leibell Esq. of Wiggin and Dana for a web conference exploring this issue and the implications for you and your donors. There is no cost to participate.

    Click here to learn more and register.
  • Basics of Planned Giving (October 24, 2012, 6:30-8:30 PM ET)
    You will learn the basics of planned giving, how it differs from annual stewardship and capital campaigns, how your parish can build endowment through life income gifts, and you will have a plan of action by the end of the webinar. Led by: Jim Murphy, Senior Program Director, Financial Resources at ECF.

    Click here to learn more and register.

  • Finding Our Voice on Human Trafficking (November 13, 2012, 7:00-8:00 PM ET)
    As the rector of St. Alban's in Davenport, IA, ECF Fellow Brian McVey (2011) is leading the Episcopal Church to address the issue of human trafficking, one of the fastest growing criminal enterprises in the world. Brian began with a "ministry of presence" at a truck stop on I-80, one of the top sites in the U.S. for transporting, buying, and selling women, children, and men for all forms of forced labor. That ministry is evolving into a network of people and institutions addressing the problem, including congregations and diocesan leaders, local law enforcement and government employees, FBI agents, businesses, social service providers, and politicians. Brian hopes that from their "successes and failures, others can plant similar ministries at other trafficking sites. 

    Click here to learn more and register.


  • Basics of a Capital Campaign (November 7, 2012, 7:00-8:00 PM ET)
    A successful capital campaign raises more than money. It raises up new leadership, better communication, and a stronger spiritual community. This webinar will provide a step-by-step understanding of the methodology that has led hundreds of Episcopal parishes to success using a flexible three phase process: Discernment, Feasibility Study, and the Gifting Phase. Learn how to prepare for and execute a campaign for your church. All lay and clergy leadership are welcome to participate.  Our webinar will be led by ECF Program Director, Terri Mathes.

    Click here to learn more and register.

There is no charge to participate. Once you have registered, ECF will email you call-in instructions and instructional materials for the web conference.

If you have any questions, please email us or call us at 800-697-2858.

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