Leadership Development Opportunities

For Lay Leaders

Called to Lead is a day of lay leadership development designed for parish vestries, wardens and treasurers. All lay leaders, including members of finance and stewardship committees, are invited to this workshop. Bishop Wright teaches the model of adaptive leadership and will focus on Purpose and Vision. Participants will also be equipped with tools for effective stewardship of people and other resources. Two opportunities for Called to lead. Saturday, February 11th at St. David’s, Roswell from 9 am to 3 pm. Click here to register. Saturday, February 25 at Christ Church, Macon from 9 am to 3 pm. Click here to register.

For Youth

Bishop Wright will also teach at The Youth Leadership Retreat June 2-4 at the Lutheran Coastal Retreat Center in South Carolina, located on the Isle of Palms. The purpose of the retreat is to equip the next generation of young leaders to go out into the world and lead like Jesus.The deadline to apply for participation is March 12. Click Steps to Lead for the application. For more information, contact Youth and Young Adult Missioner, Easton Davis.

The Commission on domestic minor sex Trafficking Offers Free Training Opportunity

By Gina Duncan St. James, Marietta, Commission Lay Representative

The diocesan Commission on Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking is offering free, in-depth, three-hour trainings within the Diocese of Atlanta to educate our parishes on the issue of Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking (DMST). DMST is the commercial sexual exploitation of American children within U.S. borders. It is “the recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision or obtaining of a person for the purpose of a commercial sex act” where the minor is a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident. (Trafficking Victims Protection Act, 2000) DMST is a growing problem in the U.S., with our urban and rural communities within the Diocese of Atlanta being ranked one of the top sex trafficking destinations in our country.

The DMST trainings will be provided throughout the summer and fall of 2016 by Georgia Cares, the single statewide coordinating agency for the treatment and care of DMST victims in Georgia. The three-hour training can also serve as two contact hours for clergy participants.

As invested community members, this training will educate you on research related to DMST; the victimization of these children; trafficking statistics in Georgia; and will prepare you to spread awareness and teach others.

This training will be interactive and engaging with activities, videos and discussion around the epidemic of DMST. Trainings will be customized to provide data specific to each convocation. The goals of the training are:

● Increase understanding of DMST and human trafficking as a whole

● Understand the trauma, abuse and victimization caused by DMST

● Understand manipulation tactics used by traffickers

● Become familiar with warning signs that trafficking victims might display

● Increase knowledge of community intervention and services available to victims

● Learn about how to get involved in the fight against DMST

The Commission on Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking serves as a body of concerned lay and clergy representatives who provide resources to, network with and propose appropriate actions and/or legislation for parishes and other organizations to end the sex trafficking of minors.

Join us to learn what you can do to make an impact! Trainings are free but registration is required. If you are interested in attending a training in your convocation, contact your rector about the dates and locations.

For more information on how to provide trainings and speakers to your parish or convocation, email the Chair of the Commission on Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking, Debbie Bruno Betstill at dbbetstill@earthlink.net.

Free Training Available for Stewardship Teams

The Commission on Stewardship for the Diocese of Atlanta will offer a workshop for clergy and lay stewardship leaders from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, August 6, 2016 at the Cathedral of St. Philip, in Room 133.

This is a great opportunity to provide scripture-based and practical training to your stewardship team.  

Workshop leaders will present ideas on:

  • Scriptural building blocks of Christian stewardship
  • Resources for organizing your annual stewardship program
  • Designs for tailoring stewardship communications to generational groups
  • Reasons for giving
  • A framework for starting a year-round stewardship program
  • Ways to start holy stewardship conversations in your parish

We are excited about stewardship and encourage you to bring your whole stewardship team and find out why! There is no charge for this workshop and lunch will be provided.

Please register before August 1st. Registration is available online here. If you have any questions, please contact Tammy Pallot at tammypallot@gmail.com.


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Dismantling Racism training seeks to increase "racial understanding, healing and reconciliation." It is offered several times throughout the year and is required for all parish clergy and all lay leaders, including vestry members.  Trainings are developed by the Diocese of Atlanta Beloved Community: Commission for Dismantling Racism.  As training dates are selected, they will be made available on this website and in Connecting, the diocese's e-newsletter.

The training was adjusted in 2012  "reflect the fruit of several conversations that the commission has conducted," said Dr. Catherine Meeks of Riverdale, commission chair. "We have wanted to reframe the training in a way that makes the experience a part of the ongoing spiritual formation of the participants," she said.

Holy Spirit Episcopal Church
Saturday, August 27, 2016
9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Please arrive by 8:45 a.m. To register, please send your name, email and parish affiliation to Mary Job at mjob@episcopalatlanta.org or 404-601-5320.


There are two opportunities this summer for those interested in discerning their call to the ministry of EfM mentor and for existing EfM mentors to renew their accreditation. The site is the Lanier House on the grounds of the Cathedral of St. Philip in Atlanta. The registration cost is $175 that includes all expenses except lodging. Lodging is the responsibility of each participant.

We are offering both Foundations of Seminar Life (core) events along with a formation event focused on “Spirituality”. The Foundation event enables individuals to discern whether he or she has the desire and skills to be a mentor for the Education for Ministry program along with continuation of on-going training to support the experienced mentor’s ministry with an EfM group. The formation event offers an opportunity to explore the spiritual dimensions of mentoring and ministry more in depth. Mentors must be formation eligible to register for the formation option.

Episcopal Cathedral of Saint Philip
2744 Peachtree Road Northwest
Atlanta, GA, 30305
Thursday, August 25 – Saturday, August 27
8:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Please contact RuthElizabeth Conine, the EfM Coordinator for the Diocese of Atlanta, at reconine@gmail.com to receive the registration information. The training events have limited registrations so please book now. If you have further questions about the Education for Ministry (EfM) program or your status as an EfM mentor, please contact RuthElizabeth Conine at reconine@gmail.com.