What is Gathering of Leaders?

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Vision Statement

We envision the renewal of the dioceses and congregations of the Episcopal Church through transformational leaders dedicated to the missionary call of Christ and growing the Church in spiritual depth and in numbers as it effectively serves all sorts and conditions of people through the transforming power of Jesus Christ.

Mission Statement

The purpose of the Gathering of Leaders is to assist in the empowerment, support, and development of such leaders. To this end, the Gathering provides a place for leaders to come together without contentiousness and partisanship to share their love of Christ and of the Church, to empower each other through mutual encouragement, to deepen their skills as transformational leaders, to establish networks which will aid their ministries, and to clarify their understanding of God’s emerging vision for the renewed Episcopal Church.

Core Values

The Gathering of Leaders is committed to:

  • The missionary call of Christ
  • A hope-filled vision for the Episcopal Church
  • Respect for differences
  • Creative and innovative leadership
  • Spiritual and numerical growth
  • Peer learning

Coming Up for Gathering of Leaders

2018 Theme

Racial Reconciliation and Discipleship in the Missionary Church

Our Presiding Bishop has called us into a deeper understanding of the relationship between evangelism and racial reconciliation. It has been said that Sunday morning is the most segregated time in America, because our worshipping communities often reflect the dividing lines of race rather than the unity of Christ's Body or the glorious diversity of God's creation. At this year's gathering we wish to explore the connection between discipleship, mission, and racial reconciliation. We understand ourselves, as Christians, to be called to reconciliation. How does making disciples facilitate and celebrate racial reconciliation in our particular contexts? How are the church's legacies of racial division and racial healing affecting your work of evangelism and mission? What signs of hope do you see? Within the context of the Great Commission, what roles do confession, repentance, forgiveness and reparation play in the work of racial reconciliation within ourselves, our congregations and the Episcopal Church?

Future Gatherings Schedule

San Francisco at the Mercy Center

April 23-25, 2018 - Visit conference center website here.

New England at Barbara C. Harris Center

September 24-26, 2018 - Visit conference center website here.

Texas at Camp Allen

November 12-14, 2018 - Visit conference center website here.

Malibu at Serra Retreat Center

January 28-30, 2019 - Visit conference center website here.

Mississippi at The Gray Center

April 29-May 1, 2019 - Visit conference center website here.

Colorado at Cathedral Ridge Center

August 12-14, 2019 - Visit conference center website here.

Sewanee at St. Mary's Sewanee

October 21-23, 2019 - Visit conference center website here.

Reflections and News


I did something to my arm over Thanksgiving. I am not sure what was the primary cause: helping break down a fallen tree for firewood on Wednesday, playing football on Thursday, or sleeping in some funky position on Friday, but I woke up Saturday with a blinding pain in my left tricep. I managed to pack the car and drive home without too much trouble, but come Sunday, I think it felt worse and when I arrived at the parish, I realized that I could not for the life of me manage a decent Orans position or elevate the elements.

Rest, reflection, and renewal are the three words I would use to describe my time at the Gathering of Leaders meeting in Kanuga, NC. I was drawn to the meeting by the opportunity to spend time with my BFF from seminary, a person I rarely get to be with as we live half a country away from one another. Once at the Gathering, the opportunity to make more friends and find nourishment in the expansive Body of Christ presented itself.

Often the prevailing narrative of the Episcopal Church (both from within and without) is one of a leaking ship, slowly (or not so slowly) taking on water before it runs aground on the shoals of secularism. As one still relatively new to the priesthood, this does not serve to excite and inspire me for the coming decades of my ministry. But Gathering of Leaders is telling a different story.

I was recently cleaning out some boxes of what I thought was junk, and I stumbled upon a box that I had packed full of old desk items from my time spent working at St. George Episcopal Church in San Antonio. It has only been a year and a half since I left working there, but as I scanned through the contents I started getting flooded with memories; too many to detail here. One precious memento I found was a prayer I wrote for myself during my first week on the job eight years ago. St.