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 fall learning opportunities. 


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 vital congregations.

2020 Annual Giving 
Explore this handy guide to creating a personalized Annual Giving Campaign for your parish using the theme Doing What Love Requires.

2020 Faith Formation Planning
Use this resource to plan meaningful Fall 2020 formation events for the entire congregation during this time of social distancing.

Vestry 101
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:

Peruse  Offerings at a Glance 
Check out the Events Calendar
Review list by date below 

Health Benefits Annual Enrollment Updates Online Zoom Event

Sep 23rd, 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

With CPG staff. For parish leaders making decisions about health benefit options and participants who want to learn more about their benefits, updating personal information and changing benefit selections for 2021.

Equipping Small Group Leaders Online Zoom Event

Sep 23rd, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

(Sept 23 & 30) with Lee Puricelli. This two-session interactive workshop-style course will train leaders to lead small groups in your congregation with confidence. You will learn practical skills that will help you create a vision for a small group, select curriculum, facilitate faithful conversations, and build authentic relationships.

Yoga and Prayer: Finding Sacred Ground in a Fractured World Weekly Online Zoom Event

Sep 25th, 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

With the Rev. Diana Gustafson. Center and ground yourself with simple yoga and prayer Fridays at 6:30 p.m. We will explore ancient psalms and contemporary poetry that resonate with today’s world, within a framework drawn from the Episcopal Book of Common Prayer. Yoga poses and sequences take us more deeply into a weekly theme. All bodies welcome.

Realm Refresh: Coordinating Lay Leaders for Worship and Parish Life Online Zoom Event

Oct 1st, 10:00 am - 11:00 am

With Peter Turner and Realm representative.  Episcopal worship provides opportunity for rich lay liturgical leadership. Join Peter Turner and a certified Realm trainer to learn how to utilize Realm software to coordinate lay leaders for worship and parish life.

Yoga and Prayer: Finding Sacred Ground in a Fractured World Weekly Online Zoom Event

Oct 2nd, 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

With the Rev. Diana Gustafson. Center and ground yourself with simple yoga and prayer Fridays at 6:30 p.m. We will explore ancient psalms and contemporary poetry that resonate with today’s world, within a framework drawn from the Episcopal Book of Common Prayer. Yoga poses and sequences take us more deeply into a weekly theme. All bodies welcome.

Evangelism: The Sacred Art of Sharing Story Online Zoom Event

Oct 5th, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

(Oct 5 - Nov 9) With Jerusalem Greer and The Rev. Dr. Kate Heichler. “Come and see.” “Go and tell.” God’s love is spread through people sharing their stories. Using the tools of the Episcopal’s Church’s Embracing Evangelism program, this course will help tune our awareness of God’s activity in and around us; tone our ability to deeply listen to the stories of others; and develop an ease with spiritual conversations.

Visions of Healing: Mirrors of Hope Online Zoom Event

Oct 10th, 9:30 am - 12:00 pm

With Canon Robert Phillips. Heal from personal brokenness through using the shape of a psalm of lament to complain to God in faith. Find healing through the development of healthy relationships with God and others.

Visions of Healing: Reflections of Grace Online Zoom Event

Oct 31st, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

With Canon Robert Phillips.  Find healing from personal brokenness by focusing upon building healthy relationships with each other.  Using Imago Relationship Theory, participants are guided through a process that creates interpersonal empathy and understanding.

Visions of Healing: Images of Love Online Zoom Event

Nov 21st, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

With Canon Robert Phillips.  Find healing from personal brokenness by focusing upon establishing a healthy relationship with self. Using various communication techniques, participants develop self-portraits as reflected through spiritual autobiography, life history, and an exploration of personal purpose.

Contact

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

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