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Updated Lesson Plans That Work now available online

Lesson Plans that WorkIn response to our many users, we have given Lesson Plans That Work a new look and new resources.

The popular Lesson Plans That Work, an online resource from the Episcopal Church, has been updated and revised, now with three distinct tracts for younger and older children, and adults.

Lesson Plans that work are available at http://episcopaldigitalnetwork.com/lessons/.

Published by the Episcopal Church and written by experienced church school teachers, Lesson Plans That Work follow the Revised Common Lectionary, using practical approaches to respond to the needs of volunteer teachers.

Lesson Plans That Work consists of three lesson plans presented weekly: for young children, for older children, and for adults.

On the web, Lesson Plans That Work is easy to search by Season, Year A, B, or C, and by age.  Also newly added is a “Useful Links” section providing additional formation resources.


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General Convention reports available

Listed below you will find the final reports from this past summer’s General Convention. Each section is posted separately as they are large files with a link to the Full Report included at the end.

Cover Page

General Convention Report Introduction

General Convention Official Youth Presence Final Report

General Convention Children’s Program Final Report

General Convention Young Adult Festival Final Report

General Convention Episcopal Generations Booth Report

Full report

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Youth and Young Adult Formation Survey

The Episcopal Formation Collaborative is a new initiative of the Center for Ministry and Teaching at Virginia Theological Seminary. We seek to gather, create, and critique resources and best practices in response to identified needs of Christian formation practitioners in the Episcopal Church.

The first initiative of the Episcopal Formation Collaborative will be to strengthen and grow Episcopal Christian formation ministries with youth (approximately 6th through 12th grades) and young adults (18 – 30 years); collectively known as young people.

We need your help and input so we know how best to serve you!
Complete the short survey to share what is working well, what resources you need, and what challenges you are facing in ministry with young people. This initial survey will close August 31, 2012.

Our vision for the Episcopal Formation Collaborative is to build on the strengths of the Episcopal Church in mission by:

  • Fostering an action-reflection model for lived faith and ministry that continually engages people of all ages and their leaders in the process of their own formation;
  • Gathering, creating, and promoting resources and methods that are Biblically sound and congruent with Episcopal theology; and
  • Offering ideas, tools, and best practices grounded in the baptismal covenant and honoring of cultural context.

Ultimately, our dream is to provide a dynamic environment in which church leaders are invited, inspired, and transformed to become hopeful, engaged, committed Christians in the world. For more information, please go to our website at http://episcopalformationcollaborative.org/.

If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact us. Thank you for your help and we look forward to partnering with you in ministry.

The Rev. Shannon Kelly
Projector Coordinator and Curator  
Founder of Episcopal Formation Collaborative

Dr. Lisa Kimball
Principal Collaborator and Curator
Founder of Episcopal Formation Collaborative

NOTE FROM FORMATION AND VOCATION MINISTRIES TEAM: Jason, Ruth-Ann, and Bronwyn are very aware of a great desire across the church for a central location for resources. We are also aware of many different groups and organizations that have passion on working collaboratively on such an initiative as well as resource development. Please contact us to get connected on this collaboration if you or your organization has positive energy and resources to share in this mission. Stay tuned and we’ll keep you up to date on developments!


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Mentoring Leadership Across Generations

Who mentored you?

Who are you mentoring?

What leaders have influenced your faith?

How is your leadership influencing faith in others?

This month our blog posts will focus on these questions primarily from the congregational context. We hope to point to some ways in which we can all be more intentional about receiving the wisdom of our our elders, trusting the leadership of our rising leaders, and honoring the younger and less experienced emerging leaders in our midst. We know that the most seasoned amongst us can be resistant to change and frequently long for the past when church was The Thing in the neighborhood. We know that our middle generations feel caught between; wanting to hold to our rich traditions but recognizing that things must change if our faith is to be passed on authentically and purposefully. We know that our youngest members are eager to be taken seriously, and they long for the stories held in the community of personal faith in Jesus Christ, and how it has made a difference in our lives.

Those of us who grew up in the Episcopal Church, who still hold a passion for mission and ministry as Episcopalians, generally can point to some significant mentors who took us seriously as youth; who listened, let us wrestle with our questions of faith, and who encouraged us to take risks for Jesus. Marian Wright Edelman, founder and president of the Children’s Defense Fund, reflected on the faithful leaders in her life who helped shape her mission and ministry in her book Lanterns, A Memoir of Mentors  (Beacon Press, 1999). When comparing the many individuals from generations throughout her life she noted the following; “What they all had in common was their respectful treatment of me as an important, thinking individual human being.”

Leadership takes many forms and is exercised and embraced in many different ways. Mentoring is sometimes intentional but more often emerges through relationships and stories. Jesus mentored the disciples who answered his call in the heat of the moment through words and actions; parables, stories that illustrated his point, and deeds, that were powerful and of a healing nature. We are called not only to use the stories of the Gospel, but our own stories of faith to help teach others more about their own call in Christ. It is part of the Covenant we are in through our Baptism; continuing in the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, in the breaking of the bread, in the prayers, resisting evil, repenting, proclaiming the good news, seeking and serving all persons by word and example, serving and loving our neighbors as ourselves, striving for justice and peace, and respecting the dignity of every human being.

So we ask again, does your leadership influence faith in others? Who or what is leading you? Who is mentoring you now? Who are you mentoring?

We’ll be posting a new idea or perspective every five days throughout the month of January. We encourage you to share your stories through the comments feature of the Episcopal Generations blog.  We can’t wait to learn from you, too.


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Advent 2011 – The Four Directions and Magnificat

Advent is a time to open our hearts, to ponder deeply what comes from God’s Spirit, and then to allow ourselves to be changed by what we see, hear, think and feel.“Four Directions and Magnificat” is and Advent program designed to build upon a “rediscovery” of the history of the Church and this nation that began with “Looking at Columbus Day through the Lens of our Baptismal Covenant.”  This resource is an invitation to use the season of Advent as a time of personal spiritual preparation for broader communal work by congregations, dioceses, and regions as we work together to repudiate the Doctrine of Discovery.

The Four Directions and Magnificat



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