What is Thrive?
Thrive is an exciting two-year learning initiative for clergy and lay leaders in the Diocese of Chicago. Its purpose is to bring together committed leaders who care about and want to strengthen the overall life and health of their congregations. Drawing on the latest studies on leadership development and congregational vitality, Thrive combines experiential learning with reflection and worship to energize church leaders for congregational renewal and vitality.
Thrive promises to offer a vibrant learning community in which participants will:
All are welcome! Congregational teams consisting of the rector or vicar and up to three other leaders (lay, clergy, staff) will form the hub of Thrive. If your congregation is interested in sending a team, please complete the required Thrive application and submit it to the Diocesan Center no later than November 21, 2012. Participating congregations must either (1) complete the Conversation or Church Assessment Tool (CAT) by February 15, 2013, or (2) have already completed one of these instruments within the past three years. For 2013, 20 congregational teams will be invited into the Thrive experience. All accepted congregations are expected to establish a Thrive accountability group of two to three additional parishioners with whom team members will meet regularly to discuss and apply program learnings.
When Will Thrive Meet and What Will We Learn?
Thrive is designed to encourage interactive learning about real congregational issues. With the exception of three large group gatherings, participants will meet in smaller cohort groupings at either Grace Church (Hinsdale, IL) or Emmanuel Church (Rockford, IL). During the program's first year, participants will attend two overnight retreats, five four-hour Saturday workshops, and one all-day Saturday session. In year two, participants will gather quarterly on Saturday mornings at their designated cohort location.
What Does Thrive Cost?
The Episcopal Diocese of Chicago is strongly committed to fostering healthy and vibrant congregations. As a concrete expression of this commitment, congregations are asked to contribute $300 toward their team’s participation in this two year program. The Diocese of Chicago will underwrite all remaining expenses.
How Do We Apply?
We encourage congregational leaders to have a frank and open discussion about their participation in Thrive. If the fruit of your discernment inspires enthusiasm for and a commitment to strengthening the vitality of your congregation, please do apply. Contact Louisa Hallas with any questions about the application process.
We welcome your questions about this exciting diocesan initiative. Please contact Susan Czolgosz, Associate for Congregational Vitality and Transitions via email or at 312.751.4200 x 209 or Jim Steen, Director of Ministries, via email or at 312.751.4200 x210.
2013-2014 Thrive Congregations
St. Helena/Sta. Elena, Burr Ridge
Cristo Rey, Chicago
St. Andrew's, Chicago
Sts. George & Matthias, Chicago
St. John's, Chicago
Sagrada Familia, Lake Villa
St. John's, Lockport
St. James the Less, Northfield
Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe, Waukegan
St. Augustine, Wilmette
St. Paul's, DeKalb
St. Paul's, LaSalle
St. John's, Kewanee (Quincy)
St. George's, Macomb (Quincy)
St. Paul's. Savanna
Church of the Apostles, Wauconda
St. James, West Dundee