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The connection between what a church leader needs and what is necessary to take a parish to the next level is trust. However, to establish trust with others, it is imperative for a leader to do what is perhaps most challenging and what, undoubtedly, many people think is a poor quality: demonstrate vulnerability. The way to build trust is by being publicly vulnerable. Continue Reading…

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As a child you were no doubt encouraged to ask questions. In fact, you were probably even told by your parents that, “there is no such thing as a dumb question.” However, growing up, you not only stopped asking questions, but you eventually learned that your parents lied to you; there are dumb questions, and you have probably heard your fair share of them.

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While all leaders are born, all people are indeed not born leaders. A leader must earn his or her following. No doubt, a person might be groomed for a leadership position, or come to the position by appointment, election, or a divine call. Nevertheless, what is given or attained in regards to a leadership position is no more than an opportunity for an individual to become the leader for which the position and God calls. Continue Reading…

The poorest person is not the one without money, but the one who is without a vision.

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Our Lady of Guadalupe Episcopal Church, Seattle, is a bicultural, bilingual, progressive Latino ministry in the Anglo-Catholic tradition. Bolstered by a contribution from the Episcopal Church and a matching endowment from the Diocese of Olympia, the Rev. Alfredo Feregrino planted the Our Lady of Guadalupe congregation in 2014 with a focus on urban Latinos, new-generation Latinos, while also reaching Anglos and non-Latinos. Continue Reading…