Pastoral leadership in the 21st Century is demanding, and C4SO considers it a priority to support, train, equip, and encourage our clergy and lay leaders. In addition, in today’s cultural milieu, lay and ordained leaders alike intuitively sense that programs and activities are no longer enough to grow a healthy church. The expectation for authentic relationships and genuine connections as well as excellence in communication, music, youth, and children’s ministry can seem daunting. To help meet challenges of ministry in the 21st century, we recommend clergy seek intentional mentoring relationships, regular training and education and to draw from the breadth of experience of fellow leaders in the Diocese and beyond. Spiritual and leadership health is the goal for our clergy, and our Diocesan-wide structures undergird this objective.
A significant number of women and men are being drawn to the Anglican expression of faith and beginning their journeys on the “Canterbury Trail.” Given the fact that those joining us have varying backgrounds and familiarity with, or experience in, Anglicanism, we work with potential leaders to help them discern their call not only to a specific parochial ministry (in an existing congregation or a church plant), but also to our particular Anglican ethos. We foster a commitment to life-long learning as well as servant leadership for both our clergy and laity.
Resources available to our church planters and other clergy may include, but are not limited to:
- Monthly conference calls with and for church planters in the Diocese.
- One-on-one coaching calls with Bishop Hunter or one of the C4SO Canons.
- Financial gifts from the Diocese.
- Connections to a vast network of church planting and congregational health coaches and mentors.
- Annual clergy retreats and special events.
- Resources and assistance are custom fit to the church planter through ongoing relationships.