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


Invite, Welcome, Connect

By far the best, most comprehensive, and simplest to enact plan for parishes, Invite Welcome Connect is flexible enough to be implemented by any size congregation. This is a wonderful new program that originated from The Diocese of Texas, but is now part Sewanee’s Beecken Center.



Welcoming Audit with the SFRC

Most people who go to church describe their churches as “welcoming” and “friendly” and yet random doors are locked, there’s no signage, and newcomers are often ignored. How welcoming is your church, really? And how will you know for sure?

  • You can do an internal audit of your church, using a resource like Stephanie Spellers’ “Hospitality 101” found at https://www.episcopalchurch.org/posts/evangelisminitiatives/hospitality-101
  • You can have us do an audit! Reach out to the Financial Resources Committee to set up a two-part welcoming audit. We’ll secretly visit and assess your church, and then work with a group to provide constructive and step-by-step feedback that your parish can act on to become more welcoming and inclusive of visitors