Episcopal churches are called "apostolic" because we continue in the teaching and fellowship of the apostles. All of us are called to this mission, whether clergy, vestry, parishioners or parish staff. As the BCP (817) says: "Grant us all things necessary for our common life, and bring us all to be of one heart and mind within your holy Church; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen."
One way we do this is by managing our local parishes in a loving and efficient way. This section provides helpful resources for parish administration. For specific information, use the Admin Quick Links to the left below. or click here to search for an item.
Constitution and Canons, Updated Convention 2017
Parish Budgeting & Finances:
Stewardship: Click here now.
Manual of Business Methods in Church Affairs: Click here now. (Large PDF file)
Parish Employee Resources:
Your Vestry: Strong Leadership for Local Parishes
The vestry is the legal representative of the parish with regard to all matters pertaining to its corporate property. The number of vestry members and the term of office varies from parish to parish.
Vestry members are usually elected at the annual parish meeting. The presiding officer of the vestry is the rector. There are usually two wardens. The senior warden leads the parish between rectors and is a support person for the rector. The junior warden often has responsibility for church property and buildings. A treasurer and a secretary or clerk may be chosen.
These officers may or may not be vestry members. The basic responsibilities of the vestry are to help define and articulate the mission of the congregation; to support the church's mission by word and deed, to select the rector, to ensure effective organization and planning, and to manage resources and finances. (Source: An Episcopal Dictionary of the Church)
Help With Growing and Sustaining Your Congregation
The EDWM Stewardship Committee began a new committment in 2016 to change our understanding of stewardship from a short term pledge drive intended to raise money for the coming year's operating budget, to a year-round lifestyle response to the innumerable blessings we receive from God.
Click here to learn more about what the Stewardship Committee has to offer.
Election or Annual Meeting Report
The Annual Meeting Report or the Election Report is a form each parish must have completed by February 15, 2017. It helps the diocese to stay current on every congregation's audit, vestry members, delegates and alternates, positions of leadership and required trainings. Please review the form and make sure all the information is compiled before beginning. Click here to go to the form.
Diocesan Council recognizes that potentially excellent programs of congregational development, outreach and mission may not become a reality due to the limitation of available funds. Therefore, Diocesan Council is beginning to provide mini-grants from the Congregational Development Fund and the St. Michael's Mission Fund to further congregational development, mission and outreach efforts. Title II, Canon 25 of the Canons of the Diocese of Western Michigan charge the Diocesan Council with responsibility to establish and administer a process whereby congregations may apply for financial assistance from the diocese.
To learn about applying for a grant, click here now.
Questions about these grants? E-mail the EDWM office by clicking here now.
|The Vestry Handbook was first published in 1988 and a revised edition
was published in 2000. Over that span of time it has sold nearly 90,000
copies and continues to sell well each year. Inevitably, such a working guidebook becomes out of date if not revised at regular intervals. The Canons of the church change and new issues confront Vestries.
The author consulted diocesan administrators, other clergy, the Church
Deployment Office, and the Church Pension Fund for this timely revision.
Canons, resource listings, financial information, continuing education,
technology issues, plus how to deal with current tensions in the
Anglican Communion and a myriad of other spot revisions can be found
throughout this completely updated edition.
Click here for ordering information.
Safeguarding God’s Children and Safeguarding God's People provides participants with the information they need to protect the children and vulnerable adults they know and care for in their personal lives and the ministries in which they serve. In the Diocese of Western Michigan, we want each of our parishes to actively protect our parishioners so that they may grow stronger in their life in Christ. Click here to see information on upcoming trainings and information on how to register for online classes.
Parishes must complete the Annual Certification of Compliance, which is an online form ideally completed by a parish administrator, not an individual Safeguarding participant. This online form is due by March 1st of every year to keep track of everyone in your parish who has taken these trainings since 2007.