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Emerging from the Pandemic: A Diocesan Clergy Conversation Event

May 20, 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. CT - Zoom

May 27, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. CT - day of in-person dialogue and fellowship with colleagues at Holy Cross Episcopal Church, 7979 N 9th Ave, Pensacola, FL

In the last 15 months, we have all spent many hours planning safe and sacred worship, implementing new technology, hosting hybrid programs, and offering pastoral care via social media. At times it has been exhausting; at times it has been exhilarating. Yes, God is still at work in the world and the church continues to be that “wonderful and sacred mystery.” So, let’s gather as colleagues and “stand up and lift up your heads because your redemption is drawing near." Luke 21:28

Melissa Rau of Ministry Synergy will engage us in a conversation about the focus, method and purpose of strategic planning as we emerge from the pandemic. How will the last year affect our mission and ministry for the coming years? What can we learn from each other that will assist us in our respective communities? What are the most important and urgent questions to be discussed and addressed with vestry leadership? Are there new ways to facilitate conversations?

What will I gain?

  • Experience a creative way to convene your vestry for dreaming, creating and planning;

  • Focusing on YOUR key questions as we look to OUR future;

  • Discussing the bigger questions that are just beyond the technical questions about programs and events---which are also critical to our ministry;

  • While you won’t leave with a finished plan or a predetermined path, you will leave with the confidence and affirmation to wrestle tenacious questions with church leadership and guide discussions that create a path forward for your church.

What is being asked of me?

  • Attend a one-hour Zoom conversation on May 20, 2 p.m. to 3 p.m., link provided in registration confirmation email;

  • Attend a day of in-person dialogue and fellowship with colleagues on May 27, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. CDT, at Holy Cross, 7979 N 9th Ave, Pensacola.

May I invite my wardens? No, this time is only meant for clergy. Is this mandatory? No. This is being offered as a credited continuing education event. CEU: 6 hr. Here is the policy. Other details

  • This is a free event.

  • Once registered, you will receive an introductory letter with some brief homework before we meet via Zoom on May 20.


About our facilitator

Before starting Ministry Synergy, Melissa Rau served as Senior Program Director for Leadership and Director of Partnerships and New Initiatives at Episcopal Church Foundation, in addition to her role as a lead consultant with Ministry Architects. She has worked in a number of different roles in different denominations for 20+ years. Melissa currently serves as Director of Institutional Advancement at Bexley Seabury Seminary in Chicago and is the host of the For People with Bishop Rob Wright podcast. She is an engaging speaker and workshop presenter, and she’s a trained coach and conflict transformation specialist. She’s passionate about helping folks more fully understand their baptism and living into their call as a baptized Christian. Melissa is currently earning her Master of Divinity from the General Theological Seminary in New York City. Originally hailing from Pennsylvania, she and her husband—an Episcopal priest—have lived in Pennsylvania, New York, and Connecticut, and now reside in Florida. They have three kids in college and high school. Melissa is particularly fond of giraffes and the color orange.



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