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Congregational Support & Development

In the Episcopal Diocese of Louisiana we believe that emphasizing and empowering the ministries of all baptized people is essential to the renewal and revitalization of our congregations. As a facilitator of resources and relationships, the diocesan office is committed to working with each of our congregations to build skills that will help them proclaim the Good News in their communities. Contact the Rev. Canon Morgan MacIntire at mmacintire@edola.org or 504-895-6634) for more information about diocesan resources and services that may be helpful to your congregation.

The diocesan office is available to help serve your congregation in variety of ways, including:

  • Assistance with parochial reports
  • Conflict mediation
  • Consultation on best practices
  • Facilitating vestry retreats
  • Long-range planning
  • Preparation of annual budgets and financial statements
  • Strategic planning and visioning


Please contact Canon Shannon Duckworth (sduckworth@edola.org) for more information.

Congregational Consultants

Our Congregational Consultant teams are comprised of knowledgeable lay and ordained individuals from throughout the diocese. These teams have experience and training in areas that are critical to congregational vitality and they are available to serve our congregations in a variety of ways.

We currently have three teams, focusing on:

  • Stewardship
  • Communications & Technology
  • Christian Formation


Education Opportunities & Resource Days

The diocese is committed to creating opportunities for learning through diocesan-wide education days. Recently, these days have focused on:

  • Vestry training
  • Invite-Welcome-Connect newcomer ministry training
  • Technology, social media & communications
  • Prayer practices
  • Stewardship
  • Youth ministry
  • Practicing forgiveness
  • Small church leadership

Be on the look out for our next resource day!

Requests For Service

Requests for consulting services should be referred to the Rev. Canon Shannon Manning (smanning@edola.org), who will work with you to identify a consultant who is available and has the particular skills that will serve your congregation’s needs.

Contribution for Services

Congregations are encouraged to use the services of diocesan consultants, which are available at no cost. However, congregations, particularly those with the financial ability, are encouraged to consider the value of the services they receive and make an appropriate contribution that will support the costs of the program. Vestries and clergy willing to support the services of consultants are encouraged to request assistance with developing a fair compensation plan. Questions and payments should be addressed to the Rev. Canon Shannon Duckworth (sduckworth@edola.org).

1623 Seventh Street
New Orleans, LA 70115
Phone: (504) 895-6634
Fax: (504) 208-3511

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