To: Esteemed Clergy and Lay Leaders
From: Roulhac Austin, Chair, Executive Council, Diocese of California
Greetings from Executive Council of the Diocese of California
Today, we are introducing a new Church Growth Program where we, in the pews and pulpits, are empowered by working together, sharing and experimenting to revitalize ourselves. Our program is designed to be powered by the time and energies of our lay people in order to develop the next generation of lay leadership for this on-going enterprise.
Starting right now, we want our lay leaders to document programs and projects from our congregations that they are passionate about and that they, the laity, could help an interested congregation pursue. The same is being asked of each congregation so that we can offer each other a variety of already tested programs that have worked.
We ask our lay leaders to share the best they’ve learned from our clergy and we encourage our clergy to be free to imagine more for their congregations, challenging them to share their expertise to help us grow as we move on down the Christian road of service and love in community. A slide presentation is provided with the details so far.
WE NEED YOUR HELP:
- Setting times for a series of town-hall style meetings in and around the deaneries;
- Identifying lay leadership who should be there;
- Identifying what your Church has to offer as successful programs that can be exported for use by other Churches.
Please contact the conveners as follows:
Convener: Gary Hunt, firstname.lastname@example.org 925.552.6602, (St. Timothy’s, Danville)
Church Revenue Growth
Convener: The Rev. Dana Corsello, email@example.com, 415.673.7399 (St. Luke’s, San Francisco)
Convener – Peter Jensen, firstname.lastname@example.org, 650.576.3271, (Transfiguration, San Mateo)
Convener: Joe Jennings, email@example.com, 415.279.3637 (St. Mary the Virgin, SF)
This effort is organized by the Executive Council, with Bishop Marc’s blessing and support. The effort’s success is guided by the needs of our congregations. We’ll rely on sharing existing programs that work and DioHouse staff will be there to support us as we test, explore, imagine ways to share our Christian commitment to community with our spiritually hungry neighbors and friends.