Resources congregations and their leaders

Network Weaver

Sue Lang, network weaver“We’re stronger together in ministry than we are alone” is Sue Lang’s guiding principle. This has led her to become a student of network principles and an active network weaver, facilitating and actively participating in numerous ministry networks.   Two networks in which she has played a significant part are:

  • The Faith-Based Ecumenical Resource Network (FERN) of coaches, consultants, spiritual directors, and judicatory representatives, in which she served as co-facilitator from 2007 – 2012
  • The Philadelphia Area Ecumenical Resource Network (PAERN), the first regional  network of FERN, which she has facilitated since 2008

The development of relationships is at the heart of any network and Sue can help facilitate conversations for congregational and ministry leaders to examine their current networks and develop new ones. She has also given numerous presentations on network principles and leadership and how they can make a difference in ministry.

Stay tuned for additional work in this area as Sue continues to research and write on this topic.

If you would like to know more about the Faith-Based Ecumenical Resource Network (FERN) or are considering starting a similar regional resource network contact Sue to begin a conversation.


“Sue Lang not only knows the theory of networking and understands networking, but she has built networks even across denominational lines, a remarkable achievement in this day and age.  If I were getting ready to develop a network, I would certainly consult with Sue.”

Rev. Dr. Susan W. N. Ruach, Director of Connectional and Spiritual Leadership, General Board of Discipleship of the United Methodist Church

“Sue Lang exemplifies the value of networking.  Her enthusiasm and innate ability to connect with individuals, groups, organizations and judicatories at the local and national levels is outstanding.  Sue is a compassionate, creative and visionary leader and I am deeply grateful to have her as a colleague.”

Jill Mathis, Canon for Transition Ministry, Episcopal Diocese of PA