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. The group meets on Wednesday evenings from 7:30-9:00 p.m. via Zoom from October through May.
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 Lay Preacher’s Guide: How to Craft a Faithful Sermon by Karoline Lewis. 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 Zoom meetings is welcome to participate. Registration for the next round of classes will be open in September 2021. A link to the short registration form is available online at https://www.episcopalpgh.org/loveteachheal-leadership-academy/ . If you have any difficulty finding the form, please email Canon Natalie Hall at firstname.lastname@example.org