Lay Leadership

Each year, there is a Lay Leadership Institute to educate and inform our parish leaders. Our 6th Annual Institute, led by Canon for Lay Leadership Judith Esmay, was held May 6-7. The event kicked off with stories of Lay Ministry. Check back for video presentations.

Our 2016 Course Selection included the following choices:

The Basics of Lay Leadership in the Episcopal Church

This is the prerequisite course for all participants in the Lay Leadership Institute. In one day, the course covers the structure and governance of The Episcopal Church; ownership and management of church property, real and personal; roles and relationships within the church, lay and clerical; and the possibility and potential for spiritual formation in lay leadership. Participants are guided to the abundant resources available to them in their service to the church.

The course is an essential introduction for those new to leadership in The Episcopal Church. More seasoned participants, not new to leadership, find the course to be a useful refresher and generously share their experience with others. Course materials change every year, and anyone may repeat the course.The course is offered in small groups led by lay faculty members especially trained in the Basics curriculum and in the principles of adult learning.

Seminars for those who have taken the Basics Course

 The Art of Narrative

Telling stories is a powerful tool for reaching others - to inform, explain, persuade, support, inspire, and spread the faith.  Sharing stories builds community.  Moreover, perceiving our lives as stories help us make sense of our history and our relationships, inviting us to a deeper spirituality.  Participants in the Art of Narrative will gain practice in forming and telling stories; it will be led by Laura Simeos, Missioner for Communications, and Judith Esmay, Canon for Lay Leadership.

Leaders: Canon Judith Esmay and Missioner for Community Engagement Laura Simoes

Rite Essentials

Acknowledging that service in worship is an exercise of leadership, Bishop Rob Hirschfeld will guide seminar participants through our liturgies.  He will explain what is really happening at the altar, how our rites took shape, the importance of place and word and symbol in our worship, and why we do things as we do.  This seminar is open to all and will be particularly helpful to persons engaged in any of the myriad ways we serve at worship.

Leader:  The Rt. Rev. A. Robert Hirschfeld, Bishop

The Greening of the Church

Representatives of Massachusetts Interfaith Power and Light will assist congregations toward environmental soundness by helping participants track energy bills, update heating and electrical equipment, and locate rebates and financial assistance that help pay for sustainability projects.

Leader:  Interfaith Power and Light

Warden’s Round Table  and Mutual Ministry Reviews

This annual seminar brings wardens together for peer-talk about issues unique to their canonical office and to learn from one another's experiences and insights, led by Gene Garthwaite, a seasoned warden and moderator.  This year's Round Table will include focus on Mutual Ministry Review, as Canon Hannah Anderson guides wardens through the process vital to healthy congregational life.

Leader:  The Rev. Canon Hannah Anderson

Check back for information about the 2017 Lay Leadership Institute.