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.

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Toolkits and Toolboxes 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.

COVID-Conscious VBS planning toolkit provides guidance and resources for planning a safe VBS for Summer 2021.

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.  

Warden Toolbox A set of assets that will help Junior and Senior wardens to fulfill their roles and responsibilities. 


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:

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Submit your congregation's events

The Path Ahead Training Workshop Seabury Resources for Aging

May 17th, 10:00 am - 11:30 am

May 17-20.   Learn to lead The Path Ahead, a curriculum on the spirituality of aging, at this "train the trainer" workshop. The Path Ahead uses spiritual tools and contemplative practices to reframe aging for persons of faith. Four Sessions. Free. Teaching resources provided.

Register here

Training Tuesdays: Signs of Parish Vitality Zoom Event

May 18th, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Seven Tuesdays at noon beginning April 13 with the Rev. Todd Thomas. Grab your lunch and join the Rev. Todd Thomas and congregational leaders from across the Diocese of Washington . We’ll share our stories, pool our creativity and curate resources for how our faith communities can engage the vital signs of parish health, even in times of shift and change.

May 18: Uplifting and Inviting Worship. Register for the series. Drop in when you can. Recordings and materials will be sent weekly to all registrants.

El Libro de Oración Común y la vida diaria

May 19th, 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Dos  miércoles con el Reverendo Patrick Keyser. El Libro de Oración Común es la fuente de nuestra identidad como episcopales. Contiene no sólo las formas de los servicios del domingo sino también unas formas de oración para cada día y para varias ocasiones de la vida. En las dos sesiones de este curso vamos a explorar varias maneras en cual se puede usar El Libro de Oración Común en la vida diaria. Los participantes tendrán la oportunidad de practicar y luego discutir sus experiencias con las prácticas que estudiamos.

  • 19 de mayo: El Oficio Diario; Devociones Diarias para Individuos y Familias
  • 26 de mayo: Oraciones y Acciones de Gracias por varias ocasiones; Discusión

Mid-Year Budget and Mission Review

May 22nd, 10:00 am - 11:30 am

With Davey Gerhard from TENS. When members know where their gifts are going, they stay more engaged with their giving. Learn best practices and tools to develop theological and mission-focused formation and reporting to your members. Not only does this increase our transparency and accountability, but it raises our awareness of our gifts at work in our neighborhoods and communities. Join this 90-minute webinar to increase mission engagement in your membership.

Umoja: The Theology of Inclusion Calvary Church DC

May 22nd, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Designed and led by the Rev. Roland Stringfellow. Many families and congregations are unsure about supporting loved ones who come out as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender, especially when the Bible appears to teach otherwise. Many are brokenhearted or confused in the mids of hurtful words and damaged relationships. This workshop is designed to help participants discover the pathway to unity with those who have been traditionally excluded from the life of the church and community. Free.

Training Tuesdays: Signs of Parish Vitality Zoom Event

May 25th, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Seven Tuesdays at noon April 13 through May 25 with the Rev. Todd Thomas. Grab your lunch and join the Rev. Todd Thomas and congregational leaders from across the Diocese of Washington . We’ll share our stories, pool our creativity and curate resources for how our faith communities can engage the vital signs of parish health, even in times of shift and change.

May 25: Blessing Our Community. Register for the series. Drop in when you can. Recordings and materials will be sent weekly to all registrants.

Resilience for Activists Online Zoom Event

Jun 26th, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

With Margaret Benefiel and Sarah Willie-LeBreton of Shalem Institute.  In twenty-first-century Western culture, leaders are rewarded for their drive, decisiveness, productivity, and long work hours. Especially in the social justice arena, burnout is rampant. What would it look like for activists to cultivate the inner life, to step off the treadmill, to take time apart for personal reflection, in order to be more resilient? What would social justice leadership arising from a core of contemplative grounding and compassion look like? This will be an experiential workshop, in which participants' own experiences will serve as the basis for reflection and discernment. Stories of resilient activists and principles of resilient activism will complement personal reflection. 

Annual Giving Workshop Financial Resources Committee

Jun 26th, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

As you prepare for your fall stewardship campaign, join members of the Financial Resources Committee along with other around the diocese to learn about the 2021 Annual Giving Toolkit as well as best practices for stewardship as we seek to steadily emerge and faithfully renew from the disruptions of the COVID-19 pandemic. Registration information to come! 

Annual Giving Workshop Financial Resources Committee

Jul 20th, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

As you prepare for your fall stewardship campaign, join members of the Financial Resources Committee along with other around the diocese to learn about the 2021 Annual Giving Toolkit as well as best practices for stewardship as we seek to steadily emerge and faithfully renew from the disruptions of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Registration information to come! 

Annual Giving Workshop Financial Resources Committee

Aug 28th, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

As you prepare for your fall stewardship campaign, join members of the Financial Resources Committee along with other around the diocese to learn about the 2021 Annual Giving Toolkit as well as best practices for stewardship as we seek to steadily emerge and faithfully renew from the disruptions of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Registration information to come! 

Contact

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

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