Restructuring Update July 1

July 1, 2011

Dear Friends:

Earlier this week, I had a conversation with someone who is an expert in organizational development. He said something that I’ve been reflecting on all week: When you set out to raise money, you’re not selling a building or a program or a church. You’re not even really raising money … you’re raising enthusiasm.

I like the word enthusiasm.  It comes of course from a couple of Greek words that mean to be inspired by God.  That’s my prayer for all of us.

A few weeks into the restructuring of the diocesan office and the bishop’s staff, we have a lot of enthusiasm here at the Diocesan Center. The team that has accepted interim responsibilities is diving into new work and new offices and finding new ways of collaborating and problem-solving. They are eager to hear from you: an updated list of staff members, phone numbers and emails is on the website here.

Speaking of the website, we’ve begun working on a new one. If you have thoughts about what features and information you would like our diocesan website to have, please be in touch with our interim communications consultants at Canticle Communications. You can reach Rebecca Wilson at 330-524-2067 or rebecca@canticlecommunications.com. We’re moving this project along quickly because we know that a new website is essential to providing the resources and information that parishes, clergy and lay leaders need.

A few weeks ago I wrote that restructuring the diocesan office is only a means to the end of our most important work: to grow the church, form the faithful, and change the world. As I see the enthusiasm for our common ministry building here at the diocesan office, I am convinced that we are moving closer to embracing the work that God is calling us to do. I look forward to sharing more news of our progress with you in the weeks to come.

Your servant in Christ,

Jeffrey D. Lee

Bishop of Chicago

PS You can now find links to all of my restructuring updates on the home page of www.episcopalchicago.org. Please share the news with your colleagues and lay leaders who are interested in our work.