Church Leadership

Apply now – Free Email and Microsoft 365 for up to 26 Churches

Two-minute read. We are offering a free email account, the Microsoft Office Suite, and 1 TB of online file storage to churches with limited resources. The 2020 Communications budget includes providing up to twenty-six churches with an email address based on their website address and a license for the Microsoft 365 suite of programs.

Non-parochial or licensed members of our clergy take note

One-minute read. An email was sent to all non-parochial clergy requesting a report on their 2020 ministry. This email was also sent to licensed members of our clergy family to allow them to request to be re-licensed. If you are a non-parochial or licensed member of our clergy team but did not receive the email or have questions, please contact Emily Davenport bishopsassistant@diowestmo.org.

COVD-19 – Advent and Christmas worship planning

One-minute read. What has been learned about leading worship and music from six months of COVID-19 disruption? What is at stake theologically and pastorally? And perhaps most importantly, how are we being made new in this wilderness?

Diakoneo Magazine November, 2020

Eight-minute read. The latest issue of Diakoneo, the magazine for deacons is available to read online. In this issue: A two-parish farm ministry, Deacon bridges race & economic status as Poor People’s Campaign leader, Zambia ministry follow-up, and more!

Lay Licensed Ministry Licences Expiring in 2021

One-minute read. Every year, some lay licenses expire on March 1st. In 2021, Catechist and Preacher licenses will all expire on March 1st. Anyone holding those licenses will need to submit a renewal application any time after January 1st.

New Administrative Website

One-minute read. When the current diocesan website was first built over six years ago it had a couple of dozen pages or so. Now it has grown to over 270. With all that growth, the content has become more difficult to find and increasingly difficult to manage and update. This summer we have started work on moving all the administrative content to office.diowestmo.org.

Fall Area Confirmations

One-minute read. Area confirmations are going to be looking a bit different this year. How different? We are still working that out… Four Area Confirmation services planned between now and early December.

Lesson, sermon, and bulletin resources for churches and groups

One-minute Read. We have recently received a few inquiries from people and churches seeking information and resources for lessons and bulletins for their churches. As it has been a while since we discussed the resources available for congregations and groups, here’s a quick summary.

Diakoneo Magazine August, 2020

Eight-minute read. The latest issue of Diakoneo, the magazine for deacons is available to read online. In this issue: Deacons respond to COVID-19, a brave space for racial healing, who were the deaconesses?

Just how easy is it to give money to your church?

Four-minute read. Friction. It’s a marketing term used to describe all the little things we do (or don’t do) that make it harder for someone to buy a product, or in the case of our churches and ministries, make a donation. Let’s face it, if it’s too hard, it isn’t going to happen. So what are you going to do about it? Oh, and a minor rant (or two).

Juneteenth — liturgy and history

Two-minute read. In 2015, the 126th Diocesan Convention passed a resolution regarding the response of the Episcopal churches in West Missouri to the ongoing sin of Racism. One of the provisions was the use the service closest to “Juneteenth” as an opportunity to remind ourselves of the constant vigilance needed to address racism.

Diocesan Website Updates

One-minute read. The diocesan websites are continually updated. This short post provides details of some recent updates that have taken place.

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