The Tending Our Soil thriving congregations initiative seeks to cultivate the changed soil of our congregations so that God’s love might grow in our time and place.
Many resources for the Tending Our Soil initiative are available for every congregation. You can find these resources here.
The Five Key Practices
Accompanied by trained coaches, congregational leaders will be guided by five key practices of
- listening to God, each other, and your neighbors.
- reconnecting with core spiritual practices, theological commitments, and Episcopal identity
- discerning what God is up to and our call to join God on mission
- cultivating new and refreshed ministries and equipping leaders
- celebrating new learnings and successes
Through the process, congregations will build capacities for adaptive leadership through action and reflection for lasting impact.
Cultivate Relationships + Build Skills + Launch Ministries
Leaders, lay and ordained, will cultivate relationships marked by vulnerability, honesty, accountability, and partnership as they build skills and capacities to adapt to changing contexts. Congregations will learn together about themselves, their neighborhoods, and God’s will for them in this time and place as they experiment with innovative ways to fulfill a shared mission to “engage in a changing world with an enduring faith in Jesus Christ so that more people may know God’s love.”
Together, we will strengthen the culture of learning, creativity, and partnership in the Diocese and be transformed to thrive for years to come.
The Three Years
Class of 2021
Ascension, Silver Spring
Christ Church, La Plata/Wayside
Christ Church+Washington Parish
Good Shepherd, Silver Spring
St. Dunstan’s, Bethesda
St. John’s, Beltsville
St. John’s, Olney
St. Matthews, Hyattsville
St. Nicholas, Darnestown
St. Paul’s, K St.
St. Timothy’s, DC
Transfiguration, Silver Spring
Class of 2022
Christ Church, Durham
Grace, Silver Spring
Our Saviour, Hillandale
St. Anne’s, Damascus
St. Luke’s, Brighton
St. Mark’s, Fairland
St. Monica and St. James, DC
St. John’s, Georgetown
Class of 2023
… to be announced!