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Erin Hougland has been called as the Pathways Priest for the Diocese of Indianapolis. Erin is a seminarian in the Diocese of Indianapolis. We are very excited to have her joining the Pathways project. She begins her full-time ministry on June 1.
The Pathways priest will serve three congregations for eight months each, helping them learn and apply the concepts and practices taught in the first year of the Pathways Priest and Congregations program.
Applications to be one of those congregations are available through the diocesan and Pathways websites, or by contacting Canon Bruce Gray.
Erin brings both achievements and skills to the position. Her experiences in the non-profit world as well as in church ministries have prepared her well for the demands that will be placed on the Pathways Priest. She has a track record of accomplishments working with volunteers, as well as experiences in leading changes in complex organizations. She also has led training efforts and done curriculum development work, which will be part of the ministry of the Pathways priest.
Melissa Hickman, Canon Debra Kissinger, and Canon Bruce Gray did extensive recruiting for the position within the Episcopal Church. Each seminary was contacted by email with a follow-up phone conversation requesting applicants for the position. The position was posted with the Office for Transitional Ministry, presented by Debra at Transitional Ministry conferences, advertised by the Episcopal Church Foundation in their work with senior seminarians, and informal networks were utilized as well. From those efforts, we had four qualified finalists who were interviewed by Bruce.
If you have any questions about the Pathways project, please contact Canon Bruce Gray.
Your Executive Council has entered into an agreement with the legal firm of Plews, Shadely, Racher & Braun LLP, to assist member parishes or ministries with introductory consultations regarding legal needs.
These consultations will be limited to thirty minutes and will be charged against a Diocesan retainer that was added to our budget for 2016.
RULES TO ACCESS THIS BENEFIT:
1. Congregations or ministries seeking the advice of an attorney will need to be referred by the Diocesan Office.
You will start by contacting either:
2. The name of the requesting leader and their contact information will then be emailed to both that leader and George Plews, Diocesan Chancellor, with a brief description of the issue. Then George or one of his colleagues will contact you.
3. If the local ministry needs more than an initial consultation, the firm may represent the local ministry on terms separate from this Agreement.
POSSIBLE SUBJECTS FOR A CONSULT: (Not an exclusive list, just suggestions):
3. Tax issues
4. Lease or rental/facility use
6. State requirements
8. Insurance and insurance claims
ECF is a lay-led and independent organization, serving the Episcopal Church since 1949.
ECF partners with congregations, dioceses, and other Episcopal faith communities, empowering them to engage in strategic visioning and planning, develop effective lay and clergy leadership teams, and raise financial resources for ministry. ECF’s programs, products, and services help congregations respond to the changing needs of the Episcopal Church in the 21st century.
Through ECF’s programs lay and clergy leadership teams bring about transformation, renewal, and positive change in their communities, live out Christian stewardship, and develop new approaches to mission and ministry.
ECF serves lay and clergy leaders at all levels of the Episcopal Church in congregations, dioceses, and other Episcopal organizations. ECF also works directly with faithful individuals through resources such as ECF Vital Practices, webinars and educational events, and a Planned Giving Program.
July 5th – 13th, 2018
The General Convention is the governing body of The Episcopal Church that meets every three years. The General Convention also includes Interim Bodies which meet between the triennial sessions to accomplish ongoing work and tasks set in the triennial sessions. The last session of the General Convention was in Salt Lake City, Utah in 2015. The next session of the General Convention will be in Austin, Texas, in 2018.
Our mission is to serve…
- The clergy, lay employees and their families
- Parishes, dioceses and other institutions of the Episcopal Church…
By providing comprehensive retirement, health and life insurance benefits and other programs and services as approved by the General Convention and the Board of Trustees.
Money Matters In Healthy Congregations
Studies conducted by Lilly Endowment Inc. and others show there is a direct relationship between the personal financial health of a priest and the overall vitality of his or her congregation. If a priest struggles with debilitating financial stress, ministerial excellence, leadership and decisions are compromised in the congregation. Everyone suffers.
Pathways to Vitality, a financial literacy initiative of the Episcopal Diocese of Indianapolis, is a three-year program funded by Lilly Endowment designed for clergy and lay leaders to facilitate well-informed and honest conversations about money.
The initiative has three goals:
- To create a culture of transparency regarding clergy and parish finances in our congregations through financial literacy education.
- To enhance ministerial innovation, vitality and sustainability in our congregations.
- To implement a Ministerial Excellence Fund to provide financial support to clergy, seminarians and their families to enhance their financial wellbeing.
Ultimately, we hope to raise the “veil of silence” cloaking clergy and parish finances so we can authentically share in the generosity of God.
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Erin Hougland has been called as the Pathways Priest for the Diocese of Indianapolis. Erin is a seminarian in the Diocese of Indianapolis. We are very excited to have her joining the Pathways project. She begins her full-time ministry on June 1. The Pathways priest will serve three congregations for eight months each, helping them learn and apply the concepts and practices taught in the first year of the Pathways Priest and Congregations program. Applications ...Read More
Pathways to Vitality
is a financial literacy initiative of our diocese. It strengthens congregations by supporting clergy and lay leaders who serve them. Both clergy and lay leaders are indispensable in leading vital congregations positively impacting families, neighborhoods, communities... and the world. Now, they have this blog
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Comedian Peter Dunn and the Rev. Rick Foss, a former ELCA Lutheran bishop of Eastern North Dakota, spoke bluntly—as well as with humor—about financial integrity in families and congregations when they opened the Pathways to Vitality conference Saturday, April 16. The two main speakers identified key issues about honesty and money, and entertained about 200 lay and clergy leaders representing all the diocese’s congregations at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. Peter Dunn (also known ...Read More