Breakout Sessions

On Friday afternoon, members will have the opportunity to attend a Breakout Session at Synod. The following Breakout Sessions have been finalized.

  • Can you give 1% more? Five simple steps parishes can follow that will lead to very positive stewardship outcomes.  Room: Vaughan E
    Peter Misiaszek
    We all have the capacity to be generous stewards. Learn how parishes can increase their offertory and support new mission by introducing or expanding on 5 simple steps done regularly and with enthusiasm. Many of our healthiest parishes are doing these things right now. You can too!!!
  • Leveraging the Power of Legacy Gifts in your Parish  Room:  Vaughan W
    Michael P. Cassabon
    Join our conversation about how legacy giving can secure your parish’s future. A legacy gift is a gift deferred – a way of expressing your wishes now about how your resources are to be used later. A legacy gift is a commitment made to protect those you love – and an opportunity to benefit the Church for generations to come. Legacy giving is not separate from Christian Stewardship, but is rather an important part of it. Legacy giving offers ways – over and above our regular support to the Church’s on-going work – to share God’s gifts with others, and to grow spiritually as we live out our vocations and ministries within the mission of the Church.
  • Submission to NoA to Disbursement: Understanding the Diocesan Grants Process  Room:  Markham B
    Lilian Qian and Arleane Ralph
    We will be looking at Diocesan grants & funding from three different perspectives:
     First, you’ll hear about the grants process from the back end, that is, the “show me the money” stage. Arleane and Lilian will take you on a quick tour of the process from receiving that happy notice of award (NoA) to having the actual money in hand for your ministry project. There will attention to your responsibilities (and ours) and to the mechanics of navigating this stage smoothly.
    Next, you’ll break out into smaller groups and spend a few minutes with colleagues sharing notes on your own Diocesan grant experiences. The objective here will be to generate a curated list of successes, challenges, and questions that will inform the third part of the session.
    Finally, Arleane and Lilian will talk about best practices for creating a successful grants proposal, for example, knowing grant-specific terms and conditions; articulating your project narrative; accessing your support system; and keeping track of the timing. (Nothing more discouraging for all of us than an awesome application that’s a week late!)
    And on top of all that, we’re going to make time for a grants ‘dot-mocracy’ (to identify what grant streams parishes are most involved in or anxious about) as well as a final Q&A session where we try to address any group-work questions that are still outstanding. If time allows, we’d also love to open the floor and give you space to tell us about your ministry project success stories.
  • Strengthening Relations: Indigenous Ministries and you 
    Room: Markham A

    Toronto Urban Native Ministry staff
    How can my congregation engage in solidarity with Indigenous peoples? What are protocols I need to know about, when seeking to collaborate with Indigenous communities and neighbours? What are the 94 Calls to Action and how can my parish become involved in truth and reconciliation? Come meet and greet with Toronto Urban Native Ministries to hear updates from the field, ideas for your community engagement, and reflect together on any questions you might have.
  • Consultation Workshop on Discipleship  Room:  King City
    The Very Rev. Stephen Vail
    In the months to come, the Bishop’s Committee on Discipleship will be formed to enhance, support and deepen our call as a diocese to intentional discipleship. This workshop, led by the Committee Chair the Very Reverend Stephen Vail, seeks to hear from parish leaders about how it might connect with your needs, what you are seeing, and begin to shape a way forward. Those attending are asked to bring ideas, questions and the challenges you face, which will be pivotal as the Committee looks ahead to this exciting work.
  • Highlights from the Clergy Remuneration Working Group’s Report to the Bishop  Room:  Richmond Ballroom ABCD
    The Rt. Rev. Peter Fenty, Suzanne Lawson, ODT, Brian Armstrong
    The Working Group on Clergy Remuneration consulted widely, studied models from elsewhere and reflected prayerfully and theologically to come up with multiple recommendations for the Bishop. This workshop will be an opportunity to hear about the concerns that were expressed during the consultations and see the main recommendations which are being put forward. There will be an opportunity to discuss the recommendations together and hear from the Working Group about why they are proposing considerable change. Prepare to learn about the various aspects of clergy remuneration, and how the values of Faith, Compassion, Collaboration, Accountability and definitely Boldness from our strategic plan, Growing in Christ, are evidenced in the recommendations. For both clergy and lay leaders.
  • Supporting Vital Ministry and Mission  Room:  Thornhill
    Janet Marshall and David Krause
    Learn about the support and resources available to your parish.