Every Episcopal parish has a Vestry, which is an elected leadership board. Members of the parish may be elected to three year terms, and meet monthly to discuss the direction of the parish and its programs, the allocation of budget, and the stewardship of the resources entrusted to the parish by generations of faithful members.
How the Vestry works
Every Vestry meeting begins with prayer and, occasionally, a reading from scripture. This helps connect our business meeting to our bigger Christian calling to worship and pray, and to be anchored always in the living word of God as found in the Scriptures.
Trinity's Vestry members serve as liaisons to the parish at large for six major areas associated with our common parish life:
Our governance process:
Trinity's Rector convenes and presides over Trinity's vestry meetings. Our vestry uses a Consent Agenda / Discussion Agenda system. Monthly reports, minutes, and month-end and year-to-date financials are uploaded to TRELLO, a web-based communications platform for project management. Unless there are questions associated with any of this shared information, the Consent Agenda is moved, seconded, and accepted by the full vestry and becomes a matter of record.
Items that require the vestry's attention for decision-making are posted to the Discussion Agenda. Efforts are made to hold meetings to approximately one hour. At the present time, monthly vestry meetings are held virtually via ZOOM and take place on the third Thursday of each month starting at 6pm.
Terms conclude after the annual meeting of the year in parentheses.