The CEEP Network has served parishes for decades, facilitating the development of financial resources and missional imperatives for The Episcopal Church. In recent years, the Network’s missional direction has emerged as central. CEEPNext, a year-long discernment, studied future steps for the organization and led to a collaboration between The CEEP Network, Trinity Wall Street, and Kanuga. This collaboration led to developing a program centered on Network members desire for in-depth leadership development amid the realities of a changing 21st century church.
The CEEP Network invites applicant teams of one clergy and one lay person from diverse parishes – meaning diversity of size, member profile/demographics, and financial resources – throughout the United States and abroad to a summit and symposium on discerning new paths to fund mission and ministry that embrace the economic realities of today’s church.
Participants will enter a retreat at Kanuga in Western North Carolina, gathering with thought leaders, church leaders and subject matter experts from multiple disciplines to discern opportunities to adapt to the economic realities of today’s church, explore creative use of our assets and spaces and build financial sustainability for ministry. While some participating parishes will have experience with revenue generation and adaptive economic models, the conference will focus on parishes hoping to discern new opportunities to use existing assets (tangible and intangible) to finance bold and innovative mission. Those who bring a willingness to engage as church in new and innovative ways that provide sustainable ministry for the future will be best positioned for acceptance into this gathering.
Those selected to participate in the pilot project will encounter a time of respite and challenge for deep discernment of our call to be the church for the future – one where we live into abundance and proclaim the Gospel with assurance. The retreat will include times of reflection and quiet, plenary discussions that challenge the assumptions of the church today and small group discernment to consider opportunities to support financial sustainability in your parish.
Monthly colleague groups are anticipated. Participants who deeply engage with the content may be invited to participate in a second opportunity for further study in 2020 with the potential of another track in 2021.
Applicants are expected to attend if accepted and commit to the continued discernment of small groups throughout 2019. Applications open March 15, 2019 with a deadline of May 31, 2019. Those selected will be notified on or about May, 1, 2019 with acceptance and deposit due immediately thereafter.
The program is being underwritten by The CEEP Network, TWS, and Kanuga to keep costs minimal and affordable for all. The cost of the five-day, four night retreat and plenary sessions, including all meals, is $399 for double occupancy and $499 for single occupancy. Scholarships, partial to whole, are available upon application.
Rosa Lee Hardin
The Rev. Canon Rosa Lee Harden is a self-described serial-entrepreneur. Her vocational life has included being publisher of weekly newspapers, trade journals, a business journal and CEO of a ‘Silicon Valley’ start-up. She was ordained as an Episcopal Priest in 2000 and served as Vicar of Holy Innocents Episcopal Church in San Francisco for ten years during which time its adult membership tripled and the number of children younger than 12 went from two to more than 50.
In 2008, she and her husband, Kevin Jones, launched the global SOCAP (Social Capital Markets) conference, described as ‘the conference at the intersection of money and meaning.’ In its 11th year, SOCAP18 brought more than 3,000 people from more than 60 countries to San Francisco to talk about how to accelerate the good economy. More recently they launched their ninth startup together, a smaller and more intimate conference called The Transform Series with design labs on transformative system change focused on climate, communities and capital.
For several years, Rosa Lee also produced the Wild Goose Festival, an annual gathering of progressive Christians focusing on spirituality, justice, music and the arts. She has also served as Canon for Money and Meaning at the Cathedral of All Souls in Asheville, North Carolina, where her ministry worked toward bringing into consciousness how money impacts and guides life’s decisions. In 2003 she produced the via media series of videos, a curriculum that has been used in more than 1000 congregations in the Episcopal Church.
She and her husband Kevin have been married for 44 years and are the parents of two adult children, Bradley Jones and B.J. Harden Jones, and grandparents to Logan and Asher. All of the Harden Jones family lives in Asheville, North Carolina. Bringing music and movement together in ballroom dance and through the drum corps activity – particularly the 18-time World Champion Blue Devils – are Rosa Lee’s two ‘extracurricular’ passions!
David Reiling is a social entrepreneur, who is an innovator in community development finance and financial inclusion. He is the Chief Executive Officer of Sunrise Banks and has been in the community development banking industry for more than 25 years.
Sunrise has grown its assets and social and environmental impact tenfold since David’s arrival in 1995. Sunrise’s total assets exceed $1.4 billion and is ranked by B Lab as one of the best banks in the world for positive social and environmental impact. Sunrise executes a two-fold strategy under one mission: to be The Most Innovative Bank Empowering Financial Wellness.
Colleagues call David creative, entrepreneurial, and innovative. Employees say he walks the talk of a values-driven leader.
David is currently a board member of the Entrepreneur’s Organization of Minnesota and the Community Development Bankers Association. He is immediate past-Chair of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s Community Bank Advisory Board. David has been recognized by Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal as a Most Admired CEO and by Ernst & Young as Entrepreneur of the Year. Trust Across America named him Most Trusted CEO for five years running and recently gave him their Lifetime Achievement Award.
If he had a tag line, it would be: “Lead, create, and inspire with a happy spirit.”
Kyle Coolbreath is a creative-thinking and order-making serial entrepreneur with a strong strategy background, consisting of more than 20 years of executive experience in startups, consulting, high-growth companies and larger corporations across numerous industries. Most recently he cofounded and now guides the business of FUELED COLLECTIVE – a collaborative space that is creating memorable experiences at the intersection of life and work. He is widely regarded as a global thought-leader in enabling the mobile, startup and entrepreneurial lifestyle through a social/working hub. With a background in architecture, he is always looking at the elements that lie in “the space in between” people, places and technology and how space affects mission and adaption in existing enterprises.
Kyle has worked with numerous corporate and start-up clients. He is a creative problem solver who engages visual thinking, information architecture, customer experience design, collaboration systems, process design, design thinking, workflow design, facilitation, drinking coffee, inspiring, speaking and dreaming big as a part of his process.
Anna Love Michelson
Some people might call Anna a design thinker. But for those that have experienced her work at Stoked Project, they know her as a challenging, engaging, outside the box facilitator of adaptability and vision. Her focus is on building peoples’ competence and confidence to work in new and innovative ways. She’s not interested in building your solution behind closed doors. Instead, she throws open the doors to design, teach, and experiment alongside you.
She does this by creating learning experiences that expose your team to the design process, accelerating and guiding projects with you to get meaningful work done, and by exploring a constant curiosity through experimentation and prototyping.
To be announced
We are also working to bring international voices to this discernment through our partnership with Trinity Church Wall Street, a leader in adaptive leadership for the Church and beyond.