The Vestry Hand-Off: Orientation for new members

The Annual Meeting is over, the new leaders have been elected and it’s time to start working together. How do you make the transition from the former leadership team to the new team? Some churches just schedule the next vestry meeting and keep on as if nothing happened. Others hold a vestry retreat soon after the elections. And some are very intentional about orienting new members and bringing them on board. What you do will depend on your congregation’s size and the experience of your newly elected members. A small church where formal and informal leaders know just about everything that’s happening in the church and where the newly elected vestry members have all served before may be able to do a quick review in a one-on-one conversation or at the first meeting. But most congregations will need to do more. Click on the link below for some suggestions to consider.