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

School for Christian Faith and Leadership

The Diocese offers training and formation on a wide variety of topics to inspire every person to grow as disciples in faith and equip our leaders to lead well. Please look at our on-demand toolkits and learning opportunities below. Access the media kit to share opportunities with your congregation is forthcoming.

Toolkits for Congregations

Toolkits are intended to be practical, self-guided resources for parish leaders. We will continue to develop timely toolkits to equip leaders for thriving congregations. If you would like a toolkit developed that would benefit you or your congregation, e-mail the Rev. Jenifer Gamber.

Annual Giving  Explore this handy guide to creating a personalized Annual Giving Campaign for your parish using the theme Doing What Love Requires.

Building and Sustaining Digital Community  Follow these tips for making connections online to build community. 

Faith Formation Planning Use this resource to plan meaningful formation events for the entire congregation during this time of social distancing.

Vestry 101 (English) Junta Parroquial 101 (Spanish) Assign this toolkit to onboard new  vestry members or refresh your entire vestry.  

Learning Opportunities

Learning opportunities are open to individuals to grow in faith and congregational leaders to lead well.  Congregations are encouraged to share offerings with their members. Sign up a team. Three ways to search offerings:

Check out the Eventbrite listings
Click on this Media Kit to share offerings with your congregation.
Submit your congregation's events

Vestry Training Online Zoom Event

Feb 27th, 10:00 am - 11:30 am

With the Rev. Frank Wade. Are you new to the vestry? Or have you served for a long time? Learn about the roles and responsibilities of vestry members as well as best practices for vestries.

Accompanying the Dying Online Zoom Event

Mar 6th, 10:00 am - 11:30 am

Two Saturday mornings starting March 6th with Chaplain Joan Maxwell. In this time of Covid, the reality of death and dying is more openly discussed. But for some the prospect of being with a dying friend or family member can bring up debilitating feelings of inadequacy and fear, sometimes so strong that they find excuses to stay away.  What do dying people need?  What gets in their way?  And what gets in our way?  How can we find a sufficiently quiet place within ourselves to enable us to be present to the dying person as a source of comfort? Join Chaplain Joan Maxwell as she explores these vital questions in a two-part zoom series.

Faith Formation in a Changing Church Online Zoom Event

Mar 11th, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Two Thursdays beginning March 11 with Sharon Ely Pearson. Modern Christian education originated in the Renaissance and the Reformation. The use of the senses to inform the rational self was encouraged which heightened the hunger for knowledge and satisfied that appetite. However, we live in a post-modern world today; what worked in the past no longer fulfills the cravings (including needs and schedules) of our congregants. Join this two-part, online workshop as we explore the paradigm shifts of what an effective Christian formation model across the generational span looks like now as well as in the future. Bring your ideas and questions as we discover what lifelong and life-wide Christian formation means in today’s Church.

Warden Training Online Zoom Event

Mar 20th, 10:00 am - 11:30 am

Are you new to the role of junior or senior warden of your church? Are you a little bit (or a lot) unsure about what comes next? Join us on Saturday, March 20th from 10 - 11:30 AM for an online presentation to learn more about the role and responsibilities of wardens, to meet fellow wardens around the diocese, and to ask questions of an experienced senior warden. This learning event will be led by Elizabeth Lee, an experienced warden who served during a pivotal time at Grace, DC.

Gather Us In: Leading Transformational Small Groups Online Zoom Event

Mar 22nd, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Two Mondays beginning March 22 with Dr. Angela Schaffner, author of Gather Us In.  In this two-part course, learn strategies for leading transformational small groups. Based on her training as a psychologist and 20+ years experience leading small groups and therapy groups, Dr. Schaffner will discuss the life stages of a group and share what works. She will use examples from scripture of how Jesus worked to transform people spiritually and emotionally, and suggest eight practical strategies that will help you lead your small group more effectively. You will leave well equipped with tips for relating to others, knowledge for helping others talk about their unfolding faith journeys, and confidence in their newly acquired facilitation skills.


Contact The Rev. Jenifer Gamber if  you have questions about The School for Christian Faith and Leadership.