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The leadership in our parish comes from our people. Our parishioners provide the inspiration and the commitment that makes our ministries thrive. The staff's role in this covenant community is to equip our people with whatever they need to exercise their leadership.
Ministry is the work of the whole church. It happens wherever our parishioners help another person to experience life as God intends it to be. This may be in office buildings downtown, in a local school or neighborhood, or in an agency with a specific mission to serve a particular human need.
If the ministry of our parishioners involves reaching out beyond our covenant community, the ministry of our staff is to reach out within our covenant community. The primary focus of our staff is the health of the church. They support faithful leaders within the church so that our parishioners may live in the power of grace beyond the church.
Every member of our staff serves to support our parish leaders. Together, Rector and staff speak with one voice, unified in faith, and committed to advance the mission of the church as discerned by our Vestry. Our staff closes the empowerment circle as they work to call, encourage and send our parishioners out into the world as faithful leaders in the service of Christ Jesus.
Each year at the Parish Annual Meeting, parishioners nominate from among themselves candidates to stand for election as members of the Vestry for three year terms. This leadership team takes responsibility for the direction of the parish. The Vestry members are the agents and legal representatives of the parish in matters of property and relations to the clergy. It is our board of directors.
The Vestry members pray together to discern the Holy Spirit's movement in our midst. They serve as the empowered center of our parish life. Parishioners empower the Vestry to articulate God's Vision. They establish priorities for the staff and lead the parish in ministry. The Vestry then empowers the Rector and her staff to help individual parishioners discern how and where God is calling them to lead in the fulfillment of the divine purpose.
In 2006 the Vestry defined its role in the development of a Vestry Ministry Statement.
The Vestry meets on the third Monday of each month and meetings are open to the parish to attend, unless otherwise stated for special closed meetings.
The role of the Trustees is to look out for the long term interests of the Parish and Diocese. Their responsibilities include oversight of the property, buildings, St. Davidís Preschool, and the Cemetery. The Vestry has expanded the membership of the Trustees for a total of five. One of the five is appointed as the Senior Trustee to streamline decision-making in the interval between meetings of the Trustees. The Trustees have also assumed an expanded role with property management, taking on many of the tactical decisions customarily done by a Property Manager, and management of the Preschool Directors.
All meetings are at 7:00 PM on the third Monday of the month in the Adult Education Room unless otherwise rescheduled.