Have Faith: Making leaders

Covenant on the Rock helps everyone reach their full potential.

Martha's Vineyard Times file photo

Covenant on the Rock Ministries offered a leadership seminar last Saturday at Trinity Church in the Campground. The Reverend Winston Trought and his wife Jacky hosted the event, with guest speaker Peter Baker from Ontario. Before the day got underway, I asked Mrs. Trought what leadership skills had to do with faith.

“There are many managerial aspects to running a church,” she said. “Most churches don’t survive unless they understand the concept of management.”

The Troughts live in Centerville on the Cape, and commute to the Vineyard on Wednesdays and Sundays, when they lead the Covenant on the Rock services at the Campground. Their church has shared space with the United Methodist Church for approximately four years. The ministry is growing on the Island, and has a unique way of drawing out the gifts and talents of its faith community.

“With a lot of churches, if you are called to be a pastor or a teacher, there are all these hoops to go through,” Mrs. Trought said. “We want to see your gifts the first day you walk into church.” She said everyone is called to be a leader.

During his presentation, Mr. Baker outlined seven qualities of leadership: character, commitment, self-discipline, servanthood, relationships, responsibility, and attitude. Then he explained how they fit in reference to daily life and at home, church, and the workplace.

“People’s understanding of success is a misconception,” Mr. Baker said. “They think if they have wealth they’re successful, if they have nice possessions, they’re successful. Reality is that success is not having something, it’s a journey to reach your full potential.”

The Troughts invite the community to their services, held at Trinity Church on Sundays at 6:30 pm, with Bible study on Wednesdays at 6:30 pm.


You know summer’s coming when Grace Church’s lobster roll sign is parked at the corner of Woodlawn Avenue and Main Street in Vineyard Haven. Father Brian Murdoch is happy to report that two summer interns have arrived, with two more expected this week. The church’s interns will be involved in the lobster roll suppers, along with other goings-on at Grace Church. Lobster rolls are served 4 to 7:30 pm every Friday until September. Maybe we’ll get lucky, and they’ll serve them until November this year.


Welcome to Father Edivar DaSilva, who joins Good Shepherd Parish as parochial vicar on June 1. His primary responsibility will be serving the Brazilian community, but he’ll be around to work with the rest of the Catholic community on the Island as well.


The Reverends Armen and Vicky Hanjian host the Neighborhood Convention at 11 am on Tuesday, June 7, at the Chilmark Community Church. The program for the gathering focuses on the church’s Chilmark neighbor, the Yard. Everyone’s welcome to come; bring a bag lunch, and the church provides drinks and dessert.

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