Church Leadership

The Cares Act and Charitable Giving

One-minute read. The Episcopal Churches of West Missouri rely on generous donors to support their missions and ministries. Stewardship can be deeply spiritual, rooted in a desire to reorient our lives towards God, but it also has a practical side. The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act, or CARES Act, signed into law on March 27, 2020, includes several provisions that may affect charitable giving this year.

Online donation collection help for churches

One-minute read. If you do not have a donate button, an option to collect donations, or a way to set up recurring payments, we can help you add a button to your church website, and provide a payment link you can send out via email.

Can you and your church help the American Red Cross?

One-minute read. The Red Cross is doing everything they can to support an escalated need for blood, and blood drives are essential. There is an urgent need for healthy blood donors and an anticipated need for locations where blood drives can be held.

Episcopal Asset Map adds livestreaming worship option

2-minute read. You can now add information about your church’s livestreamed services to your Episcopal Asset Map entry. The information will be used to build list of livestreamed services in the Episcopal Church.

How to Livestream – a recorded webinar

90-minute webinar. Heidi Pitts of the Episcopal Diocese of Oregon recently held a comprehensive webinar on live streaming. Read on for a link to a recording of the webinar, and links to the webinar notes. associated documents.

Cancellation of Church Gatherings

One-minute read. Bishop Marty issues a pastoral direction ceasing in-person gatherings and meetings from Wednesday March 18th until further notice.

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Six-minute read. We are all following the news of increasing concerns about the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus. While we don’t want to over-react, we also do not want to underestimate the potential of this situation. We’ve reproduced and summarized the best of the resources we’ve found.

Note: updated 3-12-2020.

Diocesan Clericus: “Will Faith, Hope, and Love Abide?” – March 30 – April 1, 2020

In an abundance of caution, and in recognition of our responsibility to the greater community, at a diocesan staff meeting held on March 11, it was agreed to cancel Clericus. We will be looking at the possibility of holding some online sessions. If you have already registered we will be contacting you to arrange returning your payment.

Lenten Program: Signs of Life – Why Church Matters

One-minute read.This five-week Lenten series comes from the Episcopal monks at the Society of Saint John the Evangelist. Worship engages our deepest human needs and has the power to transform our lives. Join the Brothers of SSJE in exploring the signs and symbols at the heart of Christian worship.

Do you use wireless microphones in your church?

One-minute read. Do you use wireless microphones in your church? If you do, you should be aware of major changes in how they can be used, and you have up until July 13, 2020 to check and if necessary adjust or replace your equipment.

Diocesan Website Updates

One-minute read. We’ve made several updates to the Church Administration section of the diocesan website. And we’ve added Bishop Marty’s sermon from January 26.

United Thank Offering 2020 annual grants application deadline March 6, 2020

Two-minute read. The deadline for applications for the 2020 United Thank Offering (UTO) Annual Grants is March 6. The focus of these annual grants is Bless: Share faith, practice generosity and compassion, and proclaim the Good News of God in Christ with hope and humility.

Bishop's Days 2020

In an abundance of caution, and in recognition of our responsibility to the greater community, at a diocesan staff meeting held on March 11, it was agreed to cancel Bishop Day’s South. We will be making the supporting documentation provided by the presenters available online, and looking at the possibility of holding some online sessions at a later date.

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