2024 Clergy Conference
March 14, 2024
Priests March 14-16
Deacons March 15-17
Jessica Ripper will be our guest speaker for the annual Clergy Conference. She will facilitate a workshop titled Living the Good News: How to Use Church Real Estate for God's Mission.
At the end of the workshop, you will be able to:
- Describe the steps in the real estate development process
- Use a range of tools to engage your congregation and community in conversations about mission real estate
- Share the success stories of faith communities who have developed their real estate for mission
Churches have always been an integral part of the community, and today, many congregations are finding new ways to uphold this tradition. This workshop aims to help you explore the different ways your church can use any excess real estate to serve the community, meet urgent needs, and secure long-term financial stability. During the workshop, you will gain a better understanding of the real estate development process, learn how to involve your congregation and community in identifying ways to use your property for the greater good and understand when it is appropriate to seek expert assistance. Additionally, you will have the opportunity to examine case studies of faith communities that have successfully developed their properties to provide homes, economic and educational opportunities, and social services within the communities they serve.
About our Speaker
Jessica Ripper is a leader with over 25 years of experience creating more just, inclusive, and healthy places for people to live, work, learn, and play. She currently serves the Episcopal Diocese of San Diego, supporting congregations in using their real estate assets to enhance their ministry. Previously, she was the director of market execution for the Global Policy Leadership Academy (GPLA) and worked with LeSar Development Consultants and national organizations such as the Annie E. Casey Foundation and Goodwill Industries International. Jessica is also the founder and CEO of C3 Collaborative.