In addition to the leadership of our rector, Father Charles Dupree, we elect vestry, or board, to help oversee the affairs of the church. According to the bylaws of Trinity, the vestry shal take “general charge, management and control of the affairs, funds and property of the parish, and shall authorize all expenditures…[with] full power…to carry out the purposes of the Episcopal Church in the parish….”
If this sounds daunting, it is also a wonderful challenge, an opportunity to build on the work of previous vestries and to lead Trinity in new directions—especially in the community, with the university, and in cooperation with the Diocese—to seek new avenues for sharing the Gospel.
- Acquiring new dedicated staff members
- Developing a more transparent method of financial reporting
- Supporting more active stewardship
- Establishing a professional approach to building maintenance
- Creating an endowment policy
- Deepening involvement in outreach activities
- Initiating newcomer ministry, digital communications, and online giving.
And each step along the way has involved listening, initiating, guiding, deciding, representing, dreaming, nurturing, problem solving.
One third of the vestry is replaced each year, voted on at the parish meeting in January. A slate of candidates is proposed by a nominating committee, made up of the outgoing members.
Requirements for Vestry Candidates: regular Sunday attendance at Trinity as well as regular contributions to the on-going life and ministry of the Parish; Vestry Candidates also contribute as able to the Trinity Annual Operating Fund.
Responsibilities: Vestry members, in general, attend Sunday services; are involved in the programs and community life of the Parish; and contribute as able to the annual operating fund. More specifically, Vestry members are charged with making programmatic and financial decisions that affect the on-going life of the Parish. They serve on Task-forces, serve as liaisons to the various commissions and committees that develop and implement programs and projects; they participate in various forms of hospitality from Lemonade on the Lawn to refreshments for Vestry meetings; and they faithfully attend monthly Vestry meetings, usually the 4th Wednesday of the month. Above all, they participate in the corporate call to dream of ways to be Open to All, Open to Love, and Open to Serve.
For more information about the vestry, contact the Rector’s Warden, David Sampson.