The Duties of a Vestry

The Vestry is the "Board of Directors" for the parish corporation. The Vestry is the authoritative body of the Congregation and is subject only to the Diocesan and National Church Canons.

The Vestry is responsible for determining the policies and goals of the congregation and is to communicate with the congregation about the goals, concerns, and functioning of the Church in the modern world.

Other members of the Vestry are elected by the Congregation at the parish Annual Meeting. The duties of the vestry and its officers are prescribed in the Canons (bylaws) of the diocese and in the charter and bylaws of the parish corporation. The Senior and Junior Wardens are Vice Presidents of the corporation.

The Senior Warden is appointed by the Rector or Bishop. The Junior Warden is elected by the vestry from its members. The wardens may be requested by the Rector to preside in his/her place.

Typically a clerk (secretary) and treasurer are appointing by the Vestry. They serve without vote although they may be inclined to speak up.

The duties of the Vestry are to:

1. Take charge of the property of the Church.

2. To keep this property fully insured and to list this insurance in the annual Parochial report to the diocese. To be responsible for all financial matters of the parish, specifically to:

  • Prepare an annual budget.
  • File the Annual Corporate Report with the State of Florida.
  • Maintain adequate accounting records in conformity with forms provided by the Diocesan Treasurer to record all funds received and expended.
  • See that an annual audit is conducted and reported at required in Canon XX, section 2.
  • See that adequate stewardship education is undertaken in the congregation and that a regular every-member canvass is conducted.

4. To regulate all the congregation's temporal affairs.

5. To elect, with the approval of the Bishop, to call a Rector, and to provide for his/her maintenance.

6. To act as helpers to the Rector in whatever appropriate to lay persons for the furtherance of the welfare of the Church.

7. To maintain full record of minutes of meetings. To authorize all purchases made in the name of the parish.

  April 2020  
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