August 14, 2018

By EN staff

Bloy House (Episcopal Theological School at Claremont) and the diocese’s office of Formation and Transition Ministry have announced two courses for lay leaders: Church Leadership, to begin in August; and Fresh Start for Laity, beginning in January.

The nature of church leadership

Church Leadership, a basic course in understanding the nature of leadership, especially within the context of a church community, will be led by the Rev. Robert Honeychurch on Wednesdays, 4 – 6 p.m. beginning Aug. 22 at Church of Our Saviour, San Gabriel. A special focus will be the function of leadership in the process of creating substantive and meaningful transformation in parish systems, and in the lives of parishioners. Reflection on leadership issues and images found in the Holy Scriptures, and their applicability to present-day experience, is a regular part of the course design. The course will strike a balance between the theoretical understanding of leadership theories and models, and their practical application in a congregational setting.

Fresh Start: Leadership in transition

The purpose of Fresh Start is to equip clergy and laity for leadership in critical periods of congregations life. Its content is based on three key principles: the theory of transition; the importance of relationship-building; and the need for self-care. Modules are clustered around these principles and the general area of leadership. The course is taught by Episcopal Church-trained clergy and lay facilitators, and will take place at Bloy House in Claremont on alternate Saturdays from Jan. 19 to May 11 (two of the dates are consecutive Saturdays). The $280 fee covers administrative costs, lunch during the Saturday classes, and coffee, tea and snacks throughout the day. Registration deadline is Jan. 5.

For specific schedules and information and to register for either course, visit or contact Tim Reed, assistant to the dean of Bloy House, at 909.621.2419 or