EPISCOPAL PREACHING FOUNDATION INC

The Power of Preaching

Springfield, NJ   |  www.preachingfoundation.org

Mission

To elevate the standard of preaching in the Episcopal Church.

Ruling year info

1984

Executive Director

Peter David Wild

Vice Chairman

The Very Rev. Anthony Pompa

Main address

500 Morris Ave

Springfield, NJ 07081 USA

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EIN

31-1076110

NTEE code info

Christian (X20)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

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Good preaching is a critical ingredient in the success of every parish in the Episcopal church. The primary role of preaching in driving church membership and attendance was documented most recently in a 2017 Gallup poll, and a 2016 Pew Center study. In addition preaching is regularly one of the top three required attributes listed in new rector searches. Despite this, preaching, or "homiletics" receives a lower level of curriculum focus during the course of a traditional seminary education, as it does for future clergy studying under the auspices of their local diocese.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Preaching Excellence Program I

PEP is a one-week residential intensive preaching program for a handpicked group of Episcopal seminarians and future clergy. The program has been held annually since 1988 and has coached many future leaders of the Episcopal Church, including previous presiding bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori, and The Very Rev. Randy Hollerith, Dean of Washington National Cathedral.

Population(s) Served

Four-day residential conference for parish clergy in their first 3-5 years of ministry. Builds on an existing base of preaching skills to uncover the authentic preaching power in every parish priest. Funded by EPF.

Population(s) Served
Adults

In partnership with dioceses and their bishops, one and two-day preaching intensive programs to support diocesan clergy.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Funded by a three-year $400,000 grant from Trinity Wall Street, this is a pilot program to develop and validate a curriculum and training program to develop a cadre of well-qualified future lay preachers. During 2022 and 2023, 36 new lay preachers will be trained in six Episcopal diocese.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Adults

Where we work

Our results

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How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of conferences held

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Episcopalians and Anglicans

Related Program

Preaching Excellence Program-II

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Multi-day conferences to train Episcopal clergy in building their preaching skills and confidence. Combined - all conferences.

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The EPF aims to raise the standard of preaching in the Episcopal Church through a combination of demonstration, guided instruction and inspiration.

Organize and subsidize preaching conferences for the Episcopal community:
1. The annual Preaching Excellence Program ("PEP"), for top-tier seminarians provides a one-week "deep dive" into preaching, with a combination of plenary addresses by renowned preachers, workshops, and small mentored preaching groups. The EPF funds all but the $300 contribution paid by each attendee, to cover all costs including travel.
2. Preaching Excellence Program-II ("PEP-II") for parish clergy. Using a format similar to that for PEP, this annual conference adopts a theme each year, most recently "Preaching Across the Divide", to help clergy address a contemporary preaching challenge.
3. Diocesan preaching intensive conferences 1-3 days, convened in partnership with Bishops, on a case-by-case basis. Six are scheduled in 2019, for the Dioceses of: Wyoming, Spokane, Los Angeles, Milwaukee, Olympia, and in Canada, New Westminster BC.

In development are preaching curriculum modules for delivery as part of the standard curriculum at selected Episcopal seminaries.

A 30-year track record of delivering annual PEP conferences with the participation of leading preachers and faculty.
A deep network within the Episcopal Church that enables EPF to attract well-known leaders to our conferences.
A Board of Directors that represents leading seminaries and the leadership of the Episcopal Church, USA, including the EPF Honorary Chair, Presiding Bishop Michael Curry.
A robust financial underpinning, with an endowment of $2 million.
A well-credentialed organization including Founder Gary Shilling, Executive Director, and an engaged Board of Directors.

Over 2,000 Episcopal clergy have participated in PEP conferences during the past 30 years.
Over 33 years the EPF has earned a stellar reputation within the Episcopal Community for its role in lifting up preaching.
The annual PEP conference is widely acknowledged within the Episcopal community to be unique in its quality of program and integrity of community. The 2019 conference hosted 110 seminarians from 14 different Episcopal and Anglican Studies programs.
The EPF's proprietary Online Homiletics Curriculum was introduced in fall 2021through the Seminary of the Southwest's Iona Collaborative to over 30 participating Episcopal Dioceses, as the sole preaching curriculum source for their three-year formation program for future clergy at the diocesan level, as alternative for bi-vocational clergy to a seminary education.
In 2021 EPF introduced a potentially scalable pilot program to train lay preachers, funded by a $100,000 grant from Trinity Church Wall Street in the first year.
In September 2021 EPF formed a new Chairman's Council of 19 Episcopal and Anglican leaders drawn from a broad spectrum of prominent lay, clergy, and academic leaders who support EPF's mission and goals.
In January 2020 EPF delivered the first preacher training program to qualify for academic credit, a one-week J-Term preaching program for Anglican Studies seminarians at Emory University's Candler School of Theology.
In September 2020 EPF delivered the first in a series of preaching conferences tailored specifically for Episcopal Deacons, in partnership with the Association of Episcopal Deacons.

Financials

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EPISCOPAL PREACHING FOUNDATION INC

Board of directors
as of 01/05/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Dr. Gary Shilling

A. Gary Shilling & Co.

Term: 1988 - 2025

Charles Cesaretti

Retired

Carl Anderson

Retired

John Van derTuin

Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP

W. Snow

Retired (Prudential)

Roger Parkhurst

Katie Ong

Volunteer

Ian Markham

Virginia Theological Seminary

Organizational demographics

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