This month's Vestry Papers has been posted online. If you're not familiar with the Vestry Papers, and you have any role in the leadership of a parish or mission, you should be. They've been around for years and have provided a huge resource for vestry members who are learning about their ministry within the congregation.
Tom Ehrich, a well known nationally syndicated columnist and Episcopal priest, writes this month's column on Vestry practices. He makes a pretty serious call for change in the way we operate.
"I believe the time is right for us to move forward. The stars are aligning. There is growing interest in progressive Christianity. We have diversity to offer and, for the most part, have moved beyond fascination with the wealthy. We are far more nimble than we were.
But for a better future to happen, vestries need to recognize that business-as-usual is over. Over the next two to three years, vestries need to undertake six radical shifts in how they operate."
Read Tom Ehrlich's piece here and find out the six specific steps he's calling for vestries to take.
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