Since becoming a member of All Saints' back in 2003, I have served on the vestry in one capacity or another just about every year. It is my belief that vestry service needs to be personally fulfilling, life-giving, and fun. It is an awesome responsibility to help lead a congregation, especially in times such as these when the congregation is growing and transforming .
Amid this period of transformation, especially as we rebuild, renew, restore, and enhance the physical space of the church, we are also seeking to help our congregation to grow and thrive. Many people find transformation exciting and invigorating; however, for others, it can be challenging. New ideas, new approaches, and new people can create anxiety and stress. Yet, with new vitality comes incredible opportunities for innovation and new ways of being the Body of Christ in the world.
To serve on the Vestry is both an amazing opportunity and a significant privilege. While it is an honor to be elected to serve on Vestry, the role is not an honorary position-it comes with expectations and responsibilities.
Those who serve on the Vestry of All Saints' are expected to participate in the broad life of our church. Regular attendance at worship services and Vestry meetings is the cornerstone of a Vestry member's duties. In addition, vestry members will be called upon to exercise servant leadership by example and by participating in both the business and spiritual life of the church.
A simplified Vestry member job description might look like the following:
- Offer time, talents, and treasure to support the ministries of All Saints'.
- Maintain an active prayer life which includes praying daily for the clergy, staff, lay leaders, and members of our 'Ohana.
- Continually engage with members of the congregation-being attentive to their concerns, needs, hopes, and visions for the Church.
- Participate in and promote the annual financial stewardship campaign of the Church.
- Provide sound stewardship and oversight of All Saints' finances and facilities.
- Be an active minister of the Gospel in daily life and work.
- Bring one's whole self to the table; being present in mind, body and spirit.
- Identify and recruit individuals to serve in leadership roles and committees as needed.
- Embody and promote love, accountability, authenticity, healthy habits, and spiritual well-being.
- Share openly one's ideas, beliefs, and desires.
The work of the Vestry is for everyone-young and young at heart. Whether you have been at All Saints' a lifetime or just a little while, you might be called by God to serve on the Vestry. All of us have very busy lives and lots of demands on our time and energy, but if you can bring a sense of joy and wonder to your work on the Vestry, you will be doing a great service for yourself, your family, and the entire All Saints' 'Ohana.
We invite you to submit your name for consideration to be on Vestry. Applications are available at the entrance of the Church (look for the pink form) or can be downloaded. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to speak to Fr. Ryan or Vestry members including myself.
Mau loa me ke maluhia aloha - always with loving peace.
GENERAL RESPONSIBILITIES FOR ALL VESTRY MEMBERS
All vestry members should strive to the best of their abilities to:
- Have a love of God and model the Christian life of discipleship by proclaiming the Good News in thought, word, and deed.
- Be active in and knowledgeable about All Saints’, its programs and governance
- Support the Rector in providing vision and leadership for the parish
- Work with clergy, staff, and members of the Parish to form an environment of trust and loyalty.
- Be fair and transparent with people and seek to earn the respect of the members of All Saints’
- Purposefully strive to be a humble servant of the people
- “Be bold, be bold, but not too bold”
- Have enthusiasm and vitality for this ministry
- Raise up new leaders by identifying those with leadership abilities and helping them to find their places in ministry.
- Exercise confidentiality and practice healthy, honest, open communication habits both within our Church ‘Ohana and the community
- Exercise leadership by example and participation both in the temporal affairs (business life) and the spiritual life of All Saints’
- Listen to and prayerfully address the views of parishioners, especially their questions, suggestions, complaints and compliments. Where appropriate, share these views with the Rector, staff and Vestry
- Consciously consider and review all deliberations and actions of the Vestry in the light of All Saints’ Mission Statement
All vestry members should be able to make the following time commitments:
- Vestry meetings, committee work
- Vestry retreat(s)
- Weekly worship services (rotating occasionally to a different service time)
- Parish events: Aloha hours, work days, education programs, outreach, preschool events etc.
- Diocesan meetings, as necessary
- Annual meeting
All vestry members are responsible for:
- Offering talents to support All Saints’ ministry
- Praying daily for the rector, leaders and members of our ‘Ohana
- Pledging support early in the annual financial stewardship campaign
- Provide sound stewardship and oversight of All Saints’ finances and facilities
- Being active ministers of the Gospel in daily life and work
- Bringing one’s whole self to the table; being present – mind, body, and spirit
- Identify and recruit individuals to serve in leadership roles and committees as needed
- Risking openness with one’s ideas, beliefs and desires