Love + Teach + Heal Leadership Academy

The Love + Teach + Heal Leadership Academy is a diocesan-wide initiative designed to raise up lay leadership from each parish and equip them with deeper formation so that together with their home congregation, they can confidently imagine, develop, and lead new ministries. Hopefully many of the participants will become licensed lay leaders who can assist as needed and potentially lead some of the liturgical life of the diocese. The Leadership Academy is designed to complement and extend the excellent ministries currently at work in the diocese. Four groups meet at geographically strategic locations around the diocese. The Far East group meets at St. Mark’s on Mondays from 9:30-11:30 a.m., start date: January 7, 2019. Other groups meet in the North Hills, South Hills and Central/East. Each group meets every other week from January 2019 to May 2019.

The Academy was developed under the direction of Bishop Dorsey McConnell. The Love + Teach + Heal Leadership Academy meetings are led by Canon for Faith Formation and Evangelism, Natalie Hall with occasional guest speakers throughout. Meetings include a devotional practice for further daily use at home, Bible study, and group conversation regarding themes. Participants receive a copy of Walk in Love: Episcopal Beliefs and Practices by Scott Gunn and Melody Wilson Shobe and a binder with any additional instructional and reading materials. Participants are expected to bring a copy of the Book of Common Prayer and Bible (NRSV preferred) in which they can mark with notes.

Any baptized member of the Diocese of Pittsburgh who is interested and willing to commit to attendance at the regular meetings from January 2019 to May 2019 and to attend a closing group liturgy in November 2019 may participate. Registration is required. Registration and more information are available via a link on the diocesan website ( If you have any difficulty finding the form, please email Canon Natalie Hall at