ECF First Step

ECF First Step was designed specifically for parishes wondering where to begin. It was intentionally designed for use by small groups of three or four individuals as part of a collective conversation.

Initially tested by focus groups in February 2016 both at the Church Leadership Conference at Kanuga and the Consortium of Endowed Episcopal Parishes, this tool is now available for parishes nation-wide.

Its purpose:

  1. Help parishes articulate challenges and/or needs as a first step towards prioritizing needs
  2. Offer leaders the opportunity to talk with someone at the Episcopal Church Foundation.
  3. Share some basic information about a congregation to help our staff prepare for the initial conversation.
  4. Provide participants with links to resources for congregational leaders.

The assessment tool can be printed or taken online here.


Louise Baietto
Managing Program Director