Leadership and Ministry Development

Laying on of Hands at Ordination - clergy and sponsors lay hands...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 folk 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


Leadership Days 2017

Registration for the second Leadership Day is now available. Our second Leadership Day will be a half day, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon on Saturday, April 8, at Nashotah House. This day will be an opportunity for congregations to report on what they have done since the February Leadership Day and based on what they have learned since then, to refine plans for future wellness offerings. 

Leadership Day April 8

I would like to share our progress with community engagement.*

Peggy Bean will contact you with structured questions. Please note, due to time restrictions, not all will be able to participate.

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


His Light Still Shines:  Christmas 2016 message  from Bishop Miller

“Mild, he lays his glory by born that man no more may die

Born to raise the sons of earth born to give them second birth

Risen with healing in his wings light and life to all he brings

Hall thou Sun of Righteousness, Hail the heaven-born Prince of Peace

Hark! The Herald angels sing, “Glory to the new born king.”

(Charles Wesley, 1739. The Hymnal 1940, Hymn # 27)


Dear Friends in Christ,

For me, as I imagine for many of you, it is the hymns of Christmas that speak deeply to my sacred memory. Each Christmas as I sing the hymns that I have known and sung since childhood, I am reminded of the faithful who have accompanied me on the journey of faith. I cannot sing “Joy to the World” without a part of me being the 10 year old boy singing between my father and grandfather in a little church in Rose City, Michigan. Each time I sing ”O come all ye faithful,” I see the face of a former senior warden at the first church I served in Virginia, coming in with gusto on the bass line, “0 come let us adore him.


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Upcoming Events


Commission on Mission and Development

First Tuesday of the month, 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM


Clergy Day May 2017

Thursday, May 04, 2017, 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM


Finance Committee Meeting

Second Wednesday of the month, 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM



Saturday, May 20, 2017 - Sunday, May 21, 2017