Exploring ways to know and serve God and God's people, together
Discerning lay leaders from the Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh will meet regularly to:
Grow together in Christian faith, practice, and leadership.
Develop skills and vision for ministry to support clergy and members of their parish.
Discern interest and sense of call to serve as licensed Lay Reader, Eucharistic Minister, Eucharistic Visitor, Preacher, or Evangelist (in any combination!).
Connect with others from a variety of contexts to cultivate opportunities for creative ministry development.
Bishop Dorsey McConnell anticipates that the Love. Teach. Heal. Leadership Academy will:
Spark vision, creativity, and connections for ministry among the laypeople of the diocese.
Encourage laypeople to recognize their own authority and call for ministry in their congregation and community by virtue of their baptism.
Meet the real, regular, practical ministry needs of our parishes now and in the future.
Create a roster of trusted lay leaders throughout the diocese who may be called on for ministry and leadership needs as they emerge.
When and Where
Participants will meet for two hours every other week at one of four Diocese of Pittsburgh locations, including one by video conference. Meetings will include a devotional practice for further daily use at home, Bible study, and group conversation regarding themes. Participants will receive a copy of Walk in Love: Episcopal Beliefs and Practices by Scott Gunn and Melody Wilson Shobe and a binder with any additional instructional and reading materials. Participants are expected to bring a copy of the Book of Common Prayer and Bible (NRSV translation) in which they can mark with notes.
How to Participate The names of people interested in the Love. Teach. Heal. Leadership Academy can be submitted by congregations, clergy, diocesan staff, or individuals themselves through September 30, 2018. Nominees will be contacted by Canon for Faith Formation and Evangelism Natalie Hall and asked to submit a brief information form and endorsement from their parish clergy and congregation. Groups will be organized and meeting locations identified once all applications are received. Canon Hall can be reached at [email protected] or at (703) 963-2789.
Love. Teach. Heal. Leadership Academy participants will be commissioned and blessed for this ministry during a worship service at the 2018 Diocesan Convention.