Presentation on theme: "Top Ten Things Every Vestry Member Should Know. Our Goal: To raise awareness To raise questions To leave you with something to wonder about."— Presentation transcript:
Top Ten Things Every Vestry Member Should Know
Our Goal: To raise awareness To raise questions To leave you with something to wonder about
#10 It’s Not About Money How much time in vestry meetings is spent talking about money? Does the Vestry leave teaching about money to the priest? When it doesn’t seem like there’s “enough” money, does the Vestry mope around or rejoice in what God has provided? #10
#9 It’s Not About Rules Do your meetings follow a structure, or are they just a free for all? Do you make clear decisions about things or leave meetings wondering what you decided? Do you look at the Constitutions, Canons, Bylaws to help guide you or only when a problem arises that needs to be “fixed”? Do we act like a board of directors for a business or trustees for a not-for-profit or as elected leaders in God’s church? #9
#8 It’s Not About Leadership Do you intentionally communicate with the congregation on issues? As often as possible? Do you take time to get to know each other better? #8 Do you show respect when someone shares opinions? Especially if they are different than yours?
Are you at worship regularly? In a Bible study or at least be reading scripture every day? Do you seek common ground, centered on the spiritual life of individuals and of the vestry as a group? #8 It’s Not About Leadership Do you tithe or increase your pledge each year?
Do we develop lay leaders? Do we give them opportunities to lead? Do we have a strong, broad-based leadership? #8 It’s Not About Leadership
Have vestry members committed to a standard for giving? Does anyone talk about pledging in specific and concrete terms? Have you communicated with members to “Remember the Church” in their Will” #7 It’s Not about Stewardship #7
Ever done an energy audit, usually free through your utility company? Do you have a policy to recycle, and do people know it? Have you talked to folks from other congregations about what they do for stewardship? #7 It’s Not about Stewardship
Do you make sure new members (not newcomers or visitors) are asked to pledge to the congregation. Do you remind the congregation about God’s desire to want us to give? Not just once a year, but year round? Have you communicated with members to “Remember the Church” in their Will? #7 It’s Not about Stewardship
#6 It’s Not About Outreach and Service Does the vestry look for ways to reach out to the community? Do you encourage members to get involved in charitable causes? Do you encourage giving to the cleric’s discretionary fund? #6
Do you have mission trips? Do we connect the congregation’s gifts with the community’s needs? Do we care for the sick, hurt, elderly, shut-ins? #6 It’s Not About Outreach and Service
Do we access resources needed to do mission and ministry, whether from our congregation or from outside resources such as the diocese and national church? Are we adapting in appropriate ways to change our Christian community to respond to the needs of our local community?
#5 It’s Not About Welcoming and Evangelism Do we identify ‘Apostles’ for Evangelism? Conduct ‘spiritual gifts’ workshops? Are we welcoming new members? Do we provide what they need to incorporate with our Christian community? Are we intentional about conducting some type of evangelism? #5
Do the members of our Christian community reflect the demographics of our local community? Do we know how to speak to others about the basics of our Christian faith? #5 It’s Not About Welcoming and Evangelism
#4 It’s Not About Clergy Do we compensate our clergy at appropriate levels? Do we provide appreciation to our clergy? Do we include opportunities for continuing education support? Sabbatical support? Do we hold clergy accountable for time away from their “job”? #4
#3 It’s Not About You Do you resolve conflict by discerning God’s will, not your desires, and embrace others in love. Do you put the health of the parish first and leave individual differences at the door? #3
Are decisions made to appease, pacify or placate an individual or to benefit the mission and ministry of the church? Do we deal with conflict in ways that moves the Christian community towards its purpose? #3 It’s Not About You
#2 It’s About Mission and Ministry Are we baptizing (the basis of membership in the church)? Do we pray for the mission and ministry of the congregation regularly or take it for granted? #2 Are we confirming (the basis of mature commitment in the church)?
Are we gathering together regularly for worship, prayer, education and fellowship? Are we intentional about conducting some type of outreach? Do we offer strong spiritual development / Christian education for all ages? #2 It’s About Mission and Ministry
Do we offer corporate worship that is prepared and strives for excellence in all aspects? Do we offer opportunities for healing? Do we have a strong, clear sense of purpose? #2 It’s About Mission and Ministry
#1 It’s About God! #1 God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit: Creator, Redeemer, Sanctifier IS what it’s really about. When a Vestry forgets that God is what it’s really about, it can become just another not- for-profit service organization
Like good stewards of the manifold grace of God, serve one another with whatever gift each of you has received. Whoever speaks must do so as one speaking the very words of God; whoever serves must do so with the strength that God supplies, so that God may be glorified in all things through Jesus Christ. To him belong the glory and the power forever and ever. 1Peter 4:10-11 #1 It’s About God!