Leadership and Ministry Development


Leadership Days

We have one more Leadership Day scheduled for 2018. 

On September 15, the Rev. Canon Timothy Dombek, rector of Advent Episcopal Church in Sun City West, Arizona, and co-author of Making the Annual Pledge Drive Obsolete will join us to speak to us about the following topics:

  • How building relationships leads to increased giving
  • How to talk about money and pledges

About the Presenter: In September 2016, the Rev. Canon Timothy M. Dombek became rector of Advent Episcopal Church in Sun City West, Arizona; he also serves part-time as Canon for Stewardship and Planned Giving for the Diocese of Arizona. Timothy and his family moved to Arizona in late 2007, when Timothy became Canon to the Ordinary for Bishop Kirk Smith, a position he held for six years before becoming Canon for Stewardship and Planned Giving in 2013. Prior to arriving in Arizona, Timothy served as rector of St. James Episcopal Church in Greenville, South Carolina.

In 2014, along with co-author Michael Durall, Timothy published the book, Making the Annual Pledge Drive Obsolete: How Churches Can Get Out of This Business Once and For All, available from VitalCongregations.com and for Kindle at Amazon.com.

While serving as Canon for Stewardship and Planned Giving in the Diocese of Arizona, Timothy created and regularly presents, “Stewardship University™”, a one day set of workshops designed to transform the way clergy and lay leaders look at and think about financial stewardship for congregations, and to provide practical steps that can be implemented to bring about generous giving, based on gratitude and gladness.

As former broadcaster and Certified Financial Planner, Timothy uses his gifts and abilities from those careers to assimilate and communicate practical stewardship skills, ideas and knowledge to help stewardship leaders be excited about their ministry and the good that it makes happen, while at the same time honoring and blessing those who give to fulfill the compelling mission of your congregation. Stewardship ministry is the best ministry going—and you can feel that way about it, too!


When: Saturday, September 15, from 9 am to 3 pm

Where: Our Savior's Lutheran Church
145 E. Lisbon Rd.
Oconomowoc, WI 53066

Cost: $10

Fall Leadership Day Flyer

Registration for the Fall Leadership Day is now open. The cost of the day is $10 to cover the lunch. You may send a check to the diocesan office (804 E. Juneau Ave.; Milwaukee WI 53211) or you may pay by check or cash in person on the day of the event.

Fall Leadership Day

From the very beginning of his ministry, Jesus engaged in the recruitment and development of disciples for spreading the Good News among the people of Israel and eventually to all corners of the world. His approach was deceptively simple: calling to fishermen, a tax collector, a hairdresser, and other ordinary folks he encountered, with the simple declaration: “Follow me.” And though he sent them out on the byways with little more than the clothes on their backs, he instilled in them the principles of discipleship through his teaching and his action. He did not make light of the challenges and dangers facing the disciples—or the cost they would incur. But through his courage and commitment to reuniting all humanity with God and each other and restoring the Kingdom of God, he inspired confidence and devotion to the same mission in them.

Prayer, study, and praxis continue to be the foundations of our work to develop ministry and leaders in the church today. Our tools and procedures may be more complex, but the goals we strive for are much the same: developing effective leaders and ministers of the Gospel.

For clergy, this work takes place in structured programs like the Church Development Institute, Fresh Start, seminars and consultations through the Alban Institute, Credo Institute conferences, and Clergy Day gatherings; and more informally through collegial networks and fellowship opportunities at Convocation and Diocesan Convention. Additional opportunities for spiritual and vocational development are available through the Commission on Ministry and the Commission on Ministry and Development.


Alban Institute

Credo Institute

Episcopal Church Foundation

Fresh Start

Questions? Contact Peggy Bean at 414-272-3028 or