St. Paul's Vestry
St. Paul's Vestry is the official governing body of the parish. Members serve 3 year terms, elected in January each year at the parish-wide Annual Meeting. The most recent Annual Meeting was held Sunday, January 21, 2018.
Current vestry members and term end:
Class of 2018: Saundra Anderson, Alice Brilmayer, George Strait
Class of 2019: Will Cowert, Pamela Kruse-Buckingham, Irene Plunkett
Class of 2020: Dylan Versteeg, Ben Clausen, Allison Sass
Vestry Meeting Schedule
St. Paul's Vestry meets the 4th Tuesday evening each month, 7:30 pm, in the Chapter Room. Exceptions: December's meeting is held on the 3rd Tuesday; meetings are held in July or August only if necessary.
Responsibilities of a Vestry
The work of the vestry has two purposes: leadership and management.
As managers, the vestry strives for stability, reliability and efficiency. Good vestries are mission-driven and leverage differences of opinion to achieve shared goals. Management tasks include:
As leaders, the vestry strives for purposeful, mission-driven change. In this role, they help move the organization forward. Leadership tasks are often vision-driven and include:
Purposeful change always entails some "creative destruction," some unfreezing of established patterns. In this way, there is artful, creative tension between the leadership and management aspects of governance. Members of the vestry are legal agents in the congregation who, with the clergy, provide leadership.
The clergy and vestry, with the Holy Spirit, co-create a vision responding to God's call and plan of action for the congregation. In that spirit, the vestry process includes prayer, silence, watching, listening, open and honest dialogue and thoughtful decision-making. The vestry, with the clergy, is called to articulate and champion the vision of the Church's future.
For more on the role of the vestry, the clergy and the laity visit the Vital Practices website of the Episcopal Church Foundation. (This information was taken from The Vestry Resource Guide 2007).