in Vestry Papers and filtered by Administration
By Jeremy Sierra
Las iglesias a menudo están llenas de secretos. Nada siniestro, sólo detallitos que uno no notaría si no pasara mucho tiempo sentado en el escritorio del recepcionista o en la oficina del administrador de la parroquia.
By Pattie Christensen and Michael Macdonald
The Episcopal Church has encouraged congregations and other institutions to provide pension benefits to lay employees for decades. And in 2009, the 76th General Convention made it a matter of canonical law.
By Laurie Kazilionis
In 2009 the Episcopal Church’s 76th General Convention voted to require equal access to and funding of health care plans for eligible clergy and lay employees by January 1, 2013.
By ECF and Laurie Kazilionis
In July 2009, the 76th General Convention passed Resolution A177, establishing the Denominational Health Plan (DHP), a Church-wide program of health care benefit plans requiring equal access to and funding of health care plans for eligible clergy and lay employees (those scheduled for at least 1,500 hours of compensated work annually) by January 1, 2013.
By Ann Mellow
Many congregations share space with others and, even with good coordination and clear lines of communication, there may be times when conflict arises over use of space. In “Shared Calendar = Less Conflict,” Ann Mellow identifies several key areas where coordinating calendars can minimize the misunderstandings that can lead to conflict.
By Jeff Bartee
The vestry at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church was in danger of burning out. Something had to give. In “SWEEPS Out Burnout,” senior warden Jeff Bartee shares the steps church leaders took to reframe vestry leadership, drawing on the SWEEPS model and consent agendas to empower leaders and free the vestry to focus on the mission and vision of the congregation.
By Chris Meyer
How the Diocese of Massachusetts actively links volunteer consultants with business, financial, or leadership experience with congregations in need of assistance.
By Steve Follos
Regular evaluation of all of a church’s insurance policies is an important part of the vestry’s responsibilities. This article looks at types of liability insurance that every congregation should consider
By Steve Follos
Whether a broken stained glass window or a storm takes the roof off the church, here are recommendations for vestries to consider when evaluating property and casualty insurance plans.
By Lucy Owens
Impressed by the warmth, friendliness, and joy found throughout the Grace-St. Luke’s website, I invited Lucy Owens to share their approach with our readers. In “Weaving Story Into All We Do,” Lucy describes a congregation that recognizes sharing stories is one of the most powerful ways to express their commitment and connection to God and to each other.