February 4, 2015

February 2015 Editor’s Letter: Vestry Leadership

Editor’s Letter

As congregations continue to welcome new vestry members and begin the process of forming new leadership teams, ECF Vital Practices’ continues to share the wisdom and experience of congregational leaders from across our church.

Here are their stories:

In “Warden’s Work,” Neva Rae Fox lifts up the warden’s role as evangelist, sharing stories from conversations with current and former wardens in the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles.

During a clergy transition, the senior warden is responsible for leading the congregation in their search for a new rector. In “Leading through Transition,” senior warden Jan Henderson shares the process she and her vestry developed in their recent search for an interim rector.

A key vestry role is to identify and support emerging leaders. What might that look like? In her “Leading from the Side” series, Elizabeth Magill, of The Mission Institute, shares steps individuals and congregational leaders might take to support emerging leaders. In this issue, we feature part one of this four part series.

Las reuniones de la junta parroquial pueden ser difíciles en diversas congregaciones. La gente varía mucho en personalidad, trasfondo cultural, experiencia laboral, preparación educativa, y conocimiento de la Iglesia Episcopal. En “Elevad Todas las Voces” Anna Olson comparte estrategias para que cada miembro de la junta parroquial se sienta a gusto de añadir su voz a la conversación.

These new Vestry Papers articles represent just a small portion of the resources available on the ECF Vital Practices’ website. Use the Topics index on each page of the site to find other resources related to serving on the vestry including past Vestry Papers articles, blog posts, and the many resources found in our Your Turn and Tools sections.

If you are interested in Spanish language content, please visit our searchable index of our Spanish content here.

As your congregation welcomes new vestry members this month, please remember to share this issue of Vestry Papers with them and to invite them to subscribe to ECF Vital Practices and Vestry Papers. Subscriptions are free; click on the Subscribe tab on the upper right hand corner of this page. New subscribers are asked to fill out a short registration form to have Vestry Papers and Vital Practices Digest delivered to your email inbox.

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