Christian Formation Leadership Program
The Episcopal Church in South Carolina has established the Christian Formation Leadership Program to offer resources and train clergy and lay persons in the diocese in the furthering of Formation programming for children, youth, and adults. This program was made possible in full from the Roanridge Trust, administered through the Mission Department of Department of the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society.
What does the program entail?
The training program will be conducted in two parts. The first is to create a church specific formation plan and the second is to offer specific training in areas concerning children, youth, and adult formation in the four deaneries of The Episcopal Church in South Carolina to be accessible for all lay leaders to attend. The training seminars will be held six times per year.
In the first three months of the program, the training program director will visit the clergy and vestries of the 10 churches to discuss the program and identify a formation leader for their parish or mission. Then, with the guidance of the clergy and vestry, the director will create a program for the church. This will vary, based on the needs of the church, since not all of them will need children and/or youth programs and there may be barriers to using technology programs.
To support each church’s program, deanery-wide training session will be held every other month that will be of interest to multiple churches. They will cover topics including Safeguarding training, anti-racism training, facilitating formation classes using online resources, creating youth programs with small numbers of youth, and Godly Play instruction.
For more information about the program, please contact Andrea McKellar, Program Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 843.412.2411.
What is the Roanridge Trust?
Roanridge was a working farm in Missouri donated by the Cochel family to the Episcopal Church to provide a unique setting in which Episcopal clergy, seminarians, and lay people could develop an understanding of farming operations and rural community structure. Through educational programs such as conferences, seminars, and institutes, the non-profit corporation that managed Roanridge sought to help Episcopal clergy and laity better serve communities in rural and small-town America. The farm was eventually sold, and the Roanridge Trust was established.
The interest generated from the Roanridge Trust is specifically to be used for the training of town and country clergy and rural Christian workers of the Episcopal Church. Each year the Roanridge Trust generates approximately $160,000 to be distributed in grants.
Find out more at The Episcopal Church website.