Episcopal Diocese of Washington

To draw people to Jesus and embody his love
for the world by equipping faith communities,
promoting spiritual growth, and striving for justice

Congregational Vitality

The diocese is deeply committed to developing vital congregations that offer individuals a life-changing encounter with Jesus Christ. Here you will find resources to help your congregation thrive.

Clergy and Parish Transitions

The process of calling a new rector is one of mutual discernment for the vestry, search team, and candidates in partnership with the bishop. The bishop and her staff assist and accompany congregations throughout this process.

Strategic Ministry Review

Strategic Ministry Review is a way for every parish to ask, "How are we doing?" It is a time to celebrate what has been done well and to understand what might be done better. Strategic Ministry Review is intended to nurture environments where priorities are discussed regularly and comfortably. As a result, communities and individuals will understand the parish’s goals and what is expected of them. Roles will be clarified, and time and energy will be centered on what is important for the building up of the Body of Christ.

Congregational Growth Grants

The diocese offers grants of $3,000 to $20,000 to support initiatives that foster collaborative parish partnerships in evangelism, worship, mission and justice work with underserved communities within the diocese.

Congregational Renewal and Care

Our belief is that any congregation can renew itself. Every parish can be the forward-looking, outward-reaching community of faith God calls it to be. 

Congregational Revitalization

The Diocese of Washington is working to implement a church revitalization strategy that leads to healthy, thriving congregations throughout the diocese, reversing the trends of decline. In support of that goal, we've identified seven key markers that indicate the relative health of a parish -- the Vital Signs of Parish Health. Underpinning those vital signs are concrete metrics that will help parish leaders identify, track, and begin to engage areas of parish life that may need attention.  A key component of the revitalization process for congregations is the MissionInsite resource tool that provides analysis of community demographic data.

Stewardship

The Financial Resources Committee is charged with supporting parishes as they build capacity to secure the financial resources necessary to achieve their missions.

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