Great Idea: Vestry School helps relieve jitters

October 24, 2007

The Episcopal Diocese of Fond du Lac has a great idea about how to relieve stress for new vestry members. The bishop, treasurer, diocesan administrator and a few educators and communications professionals offer Vestry School each spring.

"The primary role of a vestry is to work with clergy to provide spiritual leadership," says Bishop Russell Jacobus in the promo for the plenary session he leads. He promises a how-to on developing a congregation's spiritual life.

One dozen workshops address "what every vestry member should know about church finances," records and archives, parochial reports and reviews, stewardship and planned giving. Also on the agenda is how to care for clergy, "The Windsor Process," church communications and "Interest Group Discussions."

The subsidized, one-day school costs $15, and attendees get breakfast, lunch and afternoon snacks as part of the deal. To learn more about the school, contact Diocesan Administrator Matthew Payne, 920-921-8866.

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