Church Leadership

Equipped for Every Good Work: Practical Tools for Tough Times


March 2–4, 2018

Kanuga and the Episcopal Church Foundation (ECF) partner to offer practical tools for the challenges of congregational leadership. Speakers and presenters will address core needs in strategic planning, church leadership and finances. The conference hashtag is #churchleaders2018.



About the Conference

The Church Leadership Conference is an annual gathering of vestry members and other congregational leaders for practical learning, reflection and formation. The conference is designed in partnership by the Episcopal Church Foundation and Kanuga, and the focus is to strengthen, equip and re-energize church leaders for church leadership and ministry. Each year the conference gathers expert speakers and workshop leaders from around the Episcopal Church, to teach, inspire, and share practical tools, ideas and resources. In 2018, there will be four specialized workshop tracks for participants to dig deeper into an area of their need. The tracks are: strategic leadership, financial planning, creative communications and a Spanish language track.

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Keynote and Featured Speakers

Keynote Speaker

The Rev. Bonnie A. Perry
Rector, All Saints Episcopal Church, Chicago, IL
Bonnie has been the pastor at All Saints’ Episcopal Church in Chicago, IL since November 1, 1992. She cares deeply about preaching, outreach, pastoral care, congregational development and sea kayaking. Her hope is to continue creating a community where people come to ask the deep questions of life. She believes that each of us has been given a unique gift by God that we may choose to use to better our world. An accredited kayaking instructor trainer in the United States and the United Kingdom and a Wilderness First Responder, while on vacation Bonnie coaches and guides sea kayaking around the world in Baja, New Zealand, Scotland and Canada. Bonnie has a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from The College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA; A Master of Divinity from Union Theological Seminary in New York, NY; and A Doctor of Ministry in Congregational Development from Seabury-Western Theological Seminary in Evanston, IL.

Featured Speakers

Dr. Sandra T. Montes
Educator, Musician, and Speaker / Spanish Resource Consultant, Episcopal Church Foundation
Sandra was born in Perú, grew up in Guatemala and settled in Texas as soon as she could. Her passions are God, family (especially her son), music, education, and writing and she has been hoping and praying for this position for years. Sandra has been developing original bilingual resources for her church, school, and others for years. Sandra has been volunteering and working in the Episcopal Church since she was welcomed in 1986. She serves as musician, translator, speaker, consultant, and writer. She is a full-time teacher and doctoral student.

Sandra T. Montes nació en Perú, se crió en Guatemala y se instaló en Tejas lo antes que le fue posible. Sus pasiones son Dios, familia (especialmente su hijo), música, educación y escribir, y ha estado esperando y orando por este puesto por años. Sandra ha estado elaborando recursos bilingües originales para su iglesia, escuela y otros por años. Sandra ha estado trabajando como voluntaria y en la Iglesia Episcopal desde que le dieron la bienvenida a Ella en 1986. Se desempeña como música, traductora, oradora, asesora y redactora. Es docente a tiempo completa y está estudiando para obtener su doctorado.

Ms. Nedgine Paul
Co-founder & CEO / Anseye Pou Ayiti, Haiti
Nedgine is the co-founder & CEO of Anseye Pou Ayiti. A lifelong educator, she returned to her native Haiti to launch and lead Anseye Pou Ayiti – a fellowship program which recruits and trains a new generation of local teacher leaders. She earned her B.A. in History from Yale College and a master’s in International Education Policy from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She was named a top global social innovator by Echoing Green and was selected for the Forbes list of “30 Under 30 Social Entrepreneurs.” In partnership with existing primary schools in rural and underserved communities (many of them run by local churches), the desired outcome is to dramatically raise education outcomes, rooted in a deep appreciation for Haitian culture, customs, and community. Anseye Pou Ayiti (APA) will also accelerate our teacher leaders impact not only by fostering a network of fellowship alumni who play diverse roles across Haitian society, but also as lifelong advocates of education equity.

The Rt. Rev. Brian N. Prior
Bishop / The Episcopal Church in Minnesota
The Rt. Rev. Brian N. Prior was elected IX Bishop of Minnesota at Diocesan Convention on Saturday, October 31, 2009. He was ordained and consecrated on February 13, 2010. Before moving to Minnesota, Bishop Prior was the Rector of the Episcopal Church of the Resurrection in Spokane, Washington for 14 years. He served as the Vice President of the House of Deputies. He received his Master of Divinity from Church Divinity School of the Pacific (CDSP) in Berkeley, California in 1987. He was presented with an Honorary Doctorate Degree from CDSP in October of 2014.

Bishop Prior has been married to Staci Hubbard Prior for more than 25 years. They have two college-aged sons.


Rates are per person, includes two nights lodging and all meals beginning with supper Friday and ending with lunch on Sunday.

  • Double Occupancy (shared room): $340 ($306 by November 02, 2017)
  • Single Occupancy (private room): $420 ($378 by November 02, 2017)
  • Commuter (program, meals and facility fees): $155 ($139.50 by November 02, 2017)
  • Non-Participating Guest (meals and facility fees only): $240 ($216 by November 02, 2017)
Payment and Cancellations

Deposit: A $100 deposit, per person, is required at the time of registration. This nonrefundable, nontransferable deposit is deducted from the total fee. We accept VISA, MasterCard, Discover, American Express and Echeck. If you are needing to pay by invoice, contact registrar Francesca Colella at 828-233-2815 or

Balance due: Payment in full is required beginning 30 days before the event start date, which is also the Balance Due date for those only paying the initial deposit when registering.

Adult Cancellations: Cancellations and refunds are provided in a tiered system based on proximity to the event start date. Any cancellation made at least three weeks (21 days) (By February 9, 2018) before the event start date will result in the forfeiture of the $100.00 deposit and a refund of any remaining balance. Cancellations made 20-15 days (February 10 – February 15, 2018) before the event start date will result in the forfeiture of the $100.00 deposit and receive a 50% refund of any remaining balance. Cancellations made 14-8 days (February 16 – February 22, 2018) before the event start date will result in the forfeiture of the $100.00 deposit. You will then receive a 25% refund of any remaining balance. Cancellations made within 7 days (February 23, 2018 and after) of the event start date are not eligible for a refund.

Registration & Discounts

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Scholarship Request

Kanuga is pleased to offer a special team discount to groups such as churches, vestries, diocese and organizations in effort to help make the Kanuga experience more accessible. Register your team together and make the $100.00 deposit for each person. Kanuga will apply a 15% discount per person to the balance due when the necessary six or more participants have been registered. Participants must register at the same time; later additions will not be eligible for the discount. In addition, if group size falls below six participants the discount is retracted. Please note that this offer expires 30 days prior to the conference start date.

For more information, please contact Director of Formation Programs and Resident Chaplain Richmond Jones at or 828-692-9136 Ext. 2745.