To support the growing mission development movement in The Episcopal Church, “New Episcopal Community (NEC) Leadership Discernment Retreats” are being held several times a year in different parts of the country.

The goal of these retreats is to help you discern a call to leadership in a New Episcopal Community. This could be as a church planter, someone starting a mission enterprise zone or the launching of any new missional initiative. These retreats are not based on assessing for any particular project, rather, they are to help you discern your call as a planter of a new ministry.

During the NEC Leadership Discernment Retreat, you will work with teams of people discerning a similar call and get to meet people who have successfully started a NEC. You will take part in spiritual reflection and missional theological reflection about your context in ministry, do some team-work exercises, get insights on your leadership style, and take part in an in-depth behavioral interview process.

Our goal is to hold up a mirror to you that allows you to see your gifts and goals clearly, and to also know the kind of people you might want around you as you pursue a new ministry. All participants will leave with concrete advice about next steps and a recommendation from the assessment team of, “it’s a fit; it’s not a fit; or it’s a potential fit in the future.”

Upcoming NEC Leadership Discernment Retreats:

* May 20-23, Atlanta, GA. Register here!

The Rev. Katie Nakamura Rengers

Staff Officer for Church Planting

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