Successful Collaboration

Successful Collaboration

by the Very Rev. Daniel Green, Rector, St. John's Episcopal Church, Petaluma; Dean, Russian River Deanery

On Saturday, April 16th the Russian River Deanery held a very successful spring convocation. Over 60 people attended workshops and participated in conversations. Among the offerings were: a Preaching Workshop for Lay Preachers; Eucharistic Visitor training; Canon Law; Building a Team for Children and Youth Ministry; Discernment and Congregational Commissions on Ministry; Building a Deanery Community of Practice for Youth Ministry; and Leading Worship Together.

This year's spring convocation was a big step forward for us as a deanery. We were able to plan and present a rich program of practical learning and mutual support relating to different aspects of lay and ordained ministry. Judging by the attendance and enthusiasm of the participants, it met a real need. "I really enjoyed facilitating two excellent conversations on ministry with young people during the convocation," shares Anne Clarke, Lifelong Christian Faith Formation Coordinator for the diocese. "We were able to have rich conversations about some of the common challenges that face our congregations as they engage with their younger members, and also talk about and strengthen each other in our commitment to this joyful and life-giving work. Most importantly, we all left with some ideas and plans for the future, including plans to work together in new ways."

The process of putting the event together was also a successful collaboration, with contributions from many parties; from the initial brainstorming in a Clericus meeting, to hosting and administrative support from Episcopal Church of the Incarnation in Santa Rosa, to communications, registration and program support from the Office of the Bishop and the Commission on Ministry. I think we have a hopeful model here for how this “deanery thing” is supposed to work.


1 comment (Add your own)

1. Mary R. Davy wrote:
I am so pleased that the convocation was such a success! This is an example of a great way to grow leaders in our Diocese, by giving those throughout the Diocese opportunities to develop/practice organizational and teaching skills. Those skills can be used to carry out other ministries in local communities and the world. It also seems as if this local planning is a great way to build deanery level unity and support.

Tue, May 3, 2016 @ 10:02 AM

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