Purpose, Mission & Vision

ECF is an independent, lay-led and inclusive organization that helps build, vitalize and transform Episcopal faith communities focusing on formation, finance and resources.

ECF’s areas of expertise are formation, finance and resources. All our programs, Endowment Management, Leadership, and Planned Giving and Stewardship are created with an emphasis on all three of these areas. Our programs inspire and nurture church leaders, help raise and manage financial resources and provide high-quality and innovative resources and ideas to implement throughout the church.

Purpose
To offer contemporary solutions to a Resurrection-focused Episcopal Church through collaboration, convening, problem solving and experimentation.
Mission
To lead Episcopal faith communities into the future as a partner for transforming ministries.
Vision
A vital, inclusive, and sustainable Episcopal Church that creates steadfast followers of Jesus.

Who We Are

Episcopal
We serve the Episcopal Church with an understanding, openness and joy rooted in Jesus, nurtured by our tradition, and focused on the future.
Lay-led
We celebrate and empower the wise and compassionate ministry of the laity, the vital heart of the church.
Independent
We are an independently governed and funded organization that brings together people, ideas, and resources from all parts of the church.
Inclusive
We are anti-racist and committed to racial justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion.

What We Do

Learn
We enthusiastically learn, share, and grow with others in community.
Amplify
We guide and amplify the witness of diverse voices throughout the church.
Inspire
We inspire innovation and advance fresh ideas, sound practices, and useful resources.
Advise
We offer expertise and guidance to faith communities and their leaders.

How We Do it

Engagement
We encourage creativity, imagination, and innovation with energy, enthusiasm, and a spirit of service.
Expertise
We ground our efforts in knowledge, data, and expertise as we strive for continual improvement in all that we do.
Collaboration
We seek partners and collaborators to maximize our impact and outreach.
Adaptation
We adapt as we learn with a sense of honesty, humility, good humor, and hope.

Areas of Focus

  1. Formation: We inspire and nurture church leaders and forge partnerships to form steadfast followers of Jesus.
  2. Finance: We promote generosity and stewardship and help faith communities raise and manage financial resources for mission and ministry.
  3. Resources: We create, curate and disseminate high-quality resources, and share innovative ideas throughout the church.

Core Values

  • Innovation
  • Transformation
  • Discipleship
  • Partnership
  • Independence

Impacts

  • New, innovative and mission-based ways to be the Episcopal Church of the future
  • Equipped and empowered lay and clergy leaders partnering to bring about transformation, renewal and positive change
  • Vital Episcopal communities of faith
  • Relevant and meaningful opportunities to live out Christian stewardship and effectively raise financial resources for ministry