January 2018 Vestry Papers: Vestry Essentials

January 3, 2018

Dear Friends,

As newly formed vestries gather at the start of each year, discerning what it means to be a team of church leaders working together for God’s glory, it can be useful to begin by going back to the basics. In this issue, we bring you all the fundamental vestry essentials you need to get you and your vestry team started on the right path as you embark on this holy and energizing leadership journey.

When we think of vestry service as a vocation, we transform ourselves from a group of leaders performing important tasks to an invigorated, fulfilled and transformed group that in turn enlivens the congregation and the community at large. In The Vocational Vestry, Alissa Newton provides three ways to start this process.

Are you a new vestry member or a long-time veteran? In Five Things Every Vestry Member Should Know, ECF President Donald Romanik shares ideas based on his experience and observations as a vestry member and warden that will speak to you, no matter where you are on your vestry journey.

Does your church leadership team have a vestry covenant? In Vestry Covenants, Susan Pinkerton explains why a covenant, created and implemented together, is an essential tool for building trust and fostering community among team members.

In Top Ten Resources for Vestry Members, Brendon Hunter lists foundational tools and resources that will greatly benefit any new or returning vestry member, and serve as a handy reference while learning about church leadership and serving on the vestry.

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Have a blessed New Year!

Charis Bhagianathan
Editor, ECF Vital Practices