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ECF News: Issue 15

July 12, 2017

ECF Vital Practices launches new website

We recently launched a new ECF Vital Practices website. Incorporating feedback from readers across the Church, we spent several months improving the site to make it more effective and easier to use. If you haven’t seen it yet, head over and check out all the new features including the ability to save your favorite resources, easier searching, and one-click social media sharing. Want a quick tutorial on how to navigate the new website? Click here to view a short video by the ECF Vital Practices team, which highlights all the new features and shows you everything you need to use the new ECF Vital Practices website!

Boot Camp in Atlanta

As part of the ECF’s Lilly Endowment Initiative “From Economic Challenges to Transformational Opportunities,” ECF, in collaboration with the Church Pension Group (CPG), hosted a second Boot Camp on June 8-10th, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia. This three-day intensive event, designed specifically for newer clergy and lay leaders, focuses on how to work collaboratively, while practically addressing the financial, leadership and strategic challenges in congregational life. Read more about it here.


Annual Giving Webinar

Summer is a good time to start thinking about fundraising strategies and best practices. Register now for a free webinar on ECF’s Top 10 Annual Giving Strategies to learn not only current, practical strategies, but also important new language to frame the “why” of fundraising. Register here.

Are you structuring your endowment right?

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 will need to explain how the money will be used, how it will be invested, how much will be spent each year, and who is in charge of making those decisions. ECF offers a complete set of sample endowment policies that have been used in hundreds of Episcopal institutions. Click here for more information.


For Diocesan Staff: 2017 Vital Teams Academy

Are you interested in building effective lay-clergy teams in your diocese? Register for the 2017 Vital Teams Academy! ECF is gathering ten diocesan employees who are engaged in congregational development for a leadership academy in December 2017. Participants will leave with the Vital Teams training materials, a copy of ECF's tool for identifying collaborative leaders for clergy search processes, and stronger relationships with other diocesan leaders engaged in congregational development. Click here to watch testimonials from diocesan employees who attended last year's gathering.

July Vestry Papers

A majority of us worship in small or rural churches, and these communities have a unique set of circumstances and challenges. In this issue we begin to share ideas, inspiration and resources especially for smaller churches, to highlight that we are not alone in this experience, and that transformation is possible in a variety of God-led ways. For more articles, blogs and resources, visit ECF Vital Practices.


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