The purpose of the Bishop's Institute is to offer quality
education at the local level for the training of priests, deacons
and lay leaders and to provide continuing education for both clergy
and laity. It plans also to provide educational resources for
parishes within the Diocese to be of assistance to them in
developing their various ministries and educational offerings
within the parish.
In addition, the Institute will offer and promote retreats,
speaker events and forums that bring outstanding speakers from the
wider Church and from many different backgrounds here to our
Diocese. Within the Episcopal Church at large, educational
institutes on the diocesan scale tend to follow one of two models.
Firstly, there are a few dioceses that have especially good
institutes concentrating on ordination preparation or the
development of lay leadership. Other dioceses have programs that
primarily offer outstanding speaker forums and events. Our goal for
the new Bishop's Institute is to endeavor to offer and combine
features of both models.
Book of the Month Reviews
The Rev. Cn.
Dr. H. Douglas Dupree, Rector
May 8-11 - The Episcopal Center
College for Preachers
Not only does the craft of preaching take practice, but it takes
seasoned instruction, excellent examples, and feedback that is both
honest and informed. Clergy in the Diocese of Florida have the
opportunity to receive all three at the first College for Preachers
conference. The conference can accommodate a maximum of 16
participants. More information on this event, including cost, can
be found below.
May 12-13 - The Episcopal Center
Children's Christian Formation
Lay Leadership Workshop 4: Whether
you are in a large church or a small church, consider attending
this conference where you will hear from locals who are experienced
in children's ministry and participate in small group discussion
with others in churches like yours who also strive to serve Christ
through spiritual formation among our children.
More Information and Registration
June 9-10 - The Episcopal Center
Building a Solid Foundation for Lay Pastoral Care
Lay Leadership Workshop 5: Deacon Marsha Holmes, along with
members of the pastoral care team at Christ Church, Ponte Vedra,
will lead a workshop on lay pastoral care. This two-day workshop
will feature multiple sessions and mini workshops, focusing on
"What is Pastoral Care? Why is it important" as well as topics such
as Active Listening, Healthy Boundaries, Confidentiality &
Trust, and Active Insights, among others.
More Information and
September 29-October 1 - The Episcopal
'The Book of John'
A retreat on the Gospel of John, led by Rev. Earl Palmer of Earl
Palmer Ministries in Seattle, WA. Earl Palmer has been an annual
retreat leader for the Diocese of Flordia, presenting on C.S. Lewis
in 2015 and Dietrich Bonhoeffer in 2017.
October 13-15 - The Episcopal Center
Christian Wellness Retreat
Led by Michell Carew-Bessette and facilitated by The Rev. Cn.
Allison DeFoor, this retreat will focus on how our physical
wellness relates to our spiritual health, with specific emphasis on
practices such as Christian yoga.
October 22, 6 p.m. - St. John's Cathedral,
Singing the Reformation
A Diocesan Hymn-fest led by The Rev. Dr. Carl Daw and organized
by Canon Tim Tuller (St. John's Cathedral) and Mr. James Holyer
(St. Mark's, Jacksonville) to mark the 500th anniversary of the
Reformation. All of our church choirs are invited to
The distinguished author, preacher and scholar Earl Palmer
presented this series of lectures over the course of the weekend of
September 23-25, 2016. Videos of each session as well as the sermon
at the Holy Eucharist can beviewed via the following links:
Session 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jba89QxZEvQ
Session 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hspHpRxqfRo
Session 3: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KlQ4Kn6Jm2k
Session 4: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UVyLBccfPFM