Saturday, March 10, 2018 from 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM EST
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The George Mercer, Jr. Memorial School of Theology 
65 Fourth Street
Garden City, NY 11530

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Tricia Vertucci 
Episcopal Ministries of Long Island | Episcopal Diocese of Long Island 
516-248-4800 Ext. 119 

Building Community: Managing, Strengthening & Growing Volunteers

Saturday, March 10, 2018

9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Location: Mercer School of Theology

Building Community: Managing, Strengthening & Growing Volunteers

 A church community can serve as a powerful force for change through the good works and creative efforts of the men, women and young people who are engaged in the life of the congregation. Ministries that help seniors age in place, or enrich the after school hours of young children, or make healthy food more widely available, require the dedication of many people, both clergy and lay leaders and friends and neighbors. How those people are nurtured, supported and cared for is as important as the impact of the ministry itself.

 The 2018 Episcopal Ministries Summit will explore strategies and approaches that can be used to help build more flourishing volunteer communities. Workshops that help build skills in leadership development, volunteer management and retention and community organizing will be offered. 


Chad Brinkman, Program Officer with Episcopal Relief  & Development, will outline the principles of Asset Based Community Development (ABCD.) Chad will go deeper into the underpinnings of the ABCD methodology and highlight how it can be used to discern gifts and strengths, reveal opportunities and help illuminate the path toward building up your community and help others become skilled “connectors.”   

Skill Building Workshops

Attendees will be able to attend workshops based on their area  of interest.

Building Church Leaders

Learn some new models of leadership from the Church Development Institute to improve your skills and connect more authentically as a leader.

Facilitator: The Rev. Elisabeth Tunney, St. Paul’s Church, Patchogue and Diocesan CDI Instructor

Inspiring & Managing Teams

Explore what a ministry that relies on the help of so many volunteers can do to help maintain the commitment and enthusiasm needed for sustainability. Explore some of the practices developed that aim to improve service and delivery, strengthen organizational effectiveness and build team cohesion 

Facilitator: Diane Gaidon, Coordinator, Nourish Babylon Community Meal 

Recruiting Volunteers

Learn how to grow your community of volunteers by taking advantage of available (local) resources and online platforms. Consider how you profile and outreach to others in ways that encourages and invites participation and welcomes volunteers

Facilitator: Michael Carbuccia, Recruitment Coordinator, Family & Children's Association 

Skills of Grassroots Community Organizing

This session will explore the skills and techniques of community organizing that can inspire others to action and lead to movements that spark social change or improve communities

Facilitator: Brian Romero, LMSW & Community Organizer

Mapping Your Community

Too often, assets in close proximity to us are overlooked or ignored. Attend this session to consider how you can “map” your community in order to be more intentional and successful in developing partnerships and collaborations

Facilitator: Chad Brinkman, Program Officer, Episcopal Relief & Development

Creating a Culture of Mentoring

Being a member of a church community or being involved in ministry can be a journey that awakens self-knowledge and inner strength. Consider how you can help spark supportive, natural mentoring relationships that can enrich and strengthen everyone in your church community

Facilitator: Franca Floro, Program Director, Episcopal Ministries of Long Island   

For specific questions about the program, contact Franca Floro, Program Director, Episcopal Ministries: FFloro@dioceseli.org (516)248-4800 Ext. 149 


A light breakfast and lunch will be served.