Find Your Parish's Calling and Empower Your People
In the March 13 issue issue of The Living Church ECF president Donald V. Romanik discusses the need for new models of leadership in the Episcopal Church. The issue, he suggests, is not the quality of leadership. There are many faithful, dedicated, and energetic lay leaders who long to make a difference. Likewise, there are sincere and talented clergy who feel called to serve the people of God. The crux of the issue is that the models of partnership that currently exist that oftentimes lead to church leaders working at cross-purposes.
In his article, Romanik asserts that there is a difference between volunteers, who play an important role in parish life, and transformational lay leaders. Priests, he says, must be trained to identify potential lay leaders, and invite them into a discernment process that will empower them for the work of ministry in the congergation and the world.
Donald V. Romanik has served as President of the Episcopal Church Foundation since 2005 and is the author of Beyond the Baptismal Covenant: Transitional Lay Leadership for the Episcopal Church in the 21st Century. His book is distributed through Forward Movement Publications and can be ordered here.