Building Community Summit
On Saturday, March 10th, clergy and lay leaders came together to consider the ways they are recognizing and nurturing the strengths and assets found in their space - both inside and outside the church.
During an extended morning plenary session, Chad Brinkman, Program Officer with Episcopal Relief & Development outlined the core teachings of the asset development framework and illustrated how it increases discipleship and creates the way for us to move beyond charity and towards social justice and equity. One specific takeaway from the morning plenary came from Nancy Howland of St. Marks, Islip, who said “Chad reinforced the need for us to reach out in a more meaningful way in our efforts to help the disadvantaged and marginalized. We must demonstrate personal contact with people, working side by side with them when implementing ministry to be truly successful.”
Workshops offered throughout the afternoon allowed attendees to take a deeper look into skills of recruiting, training, leading and managing the precious “human resources” that are the gifts of individual contributions. Workshop facilitators came from community partners and organizations and included; Michelle Singh, of the The INN soup kitchen, Michael Carbuccia, of Family & Children’s Association and Cindy Taublib, of RotaCare.
EMLI was delighted to lift up two leaders from within our own diocese who hosted workshops focused on formation for leadership development. Diane Gaidon of Christ Church Babylon dedicated her 75-minute session on lessons she’s learned about inspired leadership and the imperative of learning to “let go” in order to groom new leaders and establish sustainability into the future. Rev. Elisabeth (Liz) Tunney of St. Paul’s church in Patchogue profiled several leadership tools contained in the Church Development Institute Curriculum and explained how the tools are utilized to allow for personal growth as well as congregational vitality.
We are grateful for all those who attended the summit this year and for all the speakers and volunteers who gave precious time, talent and treasure to make this summit filled with opportunity for meaningful learning and connection.