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What is the Role of the Vestry? As in all Episcopal parishes, the Vestry is the elected governing body of the parish. In addition to the Rector, the Vestry is composed of the Senior and Junior Wardens and other members, who represent a broad spectrum of the St. Francis community. As a whole the Vestry: Helps to discern the vision toward which God is drawing our Parish Church; Articulates and communicates that vision; Holds the St. Francis community accountable for its realization of the vision; Keeps the mission of the Church and that of the individual congregation clearly before the parish community. Broadly speaking, the Vestry also has canonically specified responsibilities for the stewardship of church money and property and for working with the rector on personnel management and program development and oversight. Upon the departure of a rector, the Vestry is also responsible for calling an interim or new rector, with the assent of the bishop. Members of the Vestry also have a list of duties and responsiblities developed to provide active guidance and support of the overall life of the St. Francis Parish. Members of the Vestry are elected at the Annual Parish Meeting. Vestry members must be communicants of St. Francis Church and at least 18 years of age. The Vestry meets regularly for one to three hours in the Vicarage. Vestry Responsibilities and Visibility - Be open and willing to share your faith journey with others and to witness to the Good News of Jesus Christ in your life. - Attend church services regularly. - Prepare for, attend, and participate in monthly Vestry meetings and attend occasional special Vestry meetings as scheduled. Speak up on issues of importance. - Attend a weekend Vestry retreat annually and day retreats as necessary. Overnight participation is not mandatory, but attendance at the day sessions is critically important. - Support stewardship to the fullest extent possible, working toward the tithe, pledging to the church, and participating as fully as possible in all other fundraising projects. - Serve as a canvasser in the annual Stewardship campaign. - Serve in leadership positions and undertake special assignments willingly and enthusiastically when asked. - Serve on at least one Vestry standing committee. - Be available to help greet and welcome newcomers to the church community, and support coffee hour and special parish life activities as fully as possible and wear specially marked Vestry nametags at these events to increase Vestry visibility.
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