Congregational Resources

Congregational Resources

St. Bede's, Forest Grove worship in the sanctuary

Building a healthy congregation involves finding the blend of business, relationship, and worship that each community needs in order to keep growing. Below are a list of resources to aid that process

*Annual Meeting 2021 Resource Booklet – Information regarding holding an Annual Meeting remote/online or postponing it (En Español)

Vestry BAC Treasurers Workshop Booklet 2021 – a source of information, examples, and resources for congregational leadership

2020 Constitution and Canons – the fundamental document by which a diocese functions with regulations and rules for implementation and structure

Episcopal Diocese of Oregon Policies and Procedures Manual (revised December 2020) – guidelines, procedures, best practices and diocesan policies, offered to congregations as helpful sources of information on a wide range of church matters

The Deacon’s Customary – understanding the role of deacons in our diocese, congregations, and the world

Baptismal Ministry Booklet – all the Baptized are ministers of Christ, called and gifted to be His Presence in the world

Discerning Baptismal Ministry– for those wishing to enter a process of considering a specific ministry

The Licensed Ministries Manual – to aid baptized persons who wish to serve in one of specific ministries requiring a license to discern and describe their ministry, in prayerful collaboration with their clergy

Preparing for the Bishop’s Visitation – resources for preparing for a bishop’s visitation.

The Marks of Congregational Vitality – exploring the characteristics of a healthy faith community

Information on Copyright Compliance – information on making sure you follow copyright law in your congregation’s use of music and videos

The Diocesan Consultant Network – a group of creative experts ready to brainstorm, problem-solve, and navigate parish life

College of Congregational Development – a comprehensive training program to nurture and develop congregational development practitioners from within existing parish lay and clergy leadership

Safe Church – policies and procedures  to help people recognize, report, and, perhaps most importantly, prevent abuse and neglect of our children and youth.