St. Philip’s Episcopal Church-Beulah
Vestry Job Description
All vestry members should strive to the best of their abilities to:
- Have a love of God and demonstrate a commitment to following the way of Christ;
- Be active in and knowledgeable about the congregation, its programs, and governance;
- Be fair, interact well with people and strive to earn the respect of the members of the congregation;
- Purposefully strive to “check one’s ego at the door;”
- Purposefully strive to be a servant of the people without the need to be the “most important person” in the congregation or the need to be the one with the right answers to everything;
- Have enthusiasm and vitality for this ministry.
All vestry members should be able to make the following time commitments:
- Vestry meetings, committee work;
- Vestry retreat(s);
- Weekly worship services (rotating occasionally if more than one);
- Congregational events: coffee hours, meals, fundraisers, adult education programs, etc.;
- Diocesan meetings, as necessary; Bishop’s Workshops, etc.
- Annual meeting.
All vestry members are responsible for:
- Offering talents to support the congregation’s ministry;
- Discern an area of ministry/committee to be a liaison between that ministry/committee and the Vestry;
- Praying daily for the rectors, deacon, leaders and members of the congregation;
- Pledging financial support early in the stewardship campaign;
- Being active ministers of the Gospel in daily life and work;
- Bringing one’s whole self to the table; being present – mind, body, and spirit;
- Risking openness with one’s ideas, beliefs, and desires.
Episcopal Church canons stipulate the vestry shall:
- Be agents and legal representatives of the congregation in all matters concerning its corporate properties and the relations of the congregation to its clergy (Title I. Canon 14, Section 2, page 52.)
- Ensure that standard business methods, as outlined in The Episcopal Church’s Manual of Business Methods in Church Affairs, will be observed (Title I. Canon 7, Section 1, page 39).
- When a congregation is without a rector, the officers of the vestry are responsible for the continuation of worship, including the calling of a new rector (Title III. Canon 9, Section 3, page 87).
- The vestry has responsibility for nominating persons for holy orders (Title III. Canon 5, Section 2, page 70).
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