Role of the Vestry
The Vestry of an Episcopal Church has three primary responsibilities. The first two are managerial: to take care of parish finances and the parish buildings. The third is to choose individuals to fill various positions of leadership and representation: the choice of a Rector, the choice of Delegates to Diocesan Convention, and the selection of others as the Diocesan Canons may stipulate. The Vestry also serves as an advisory council to the Rector who by church law is the parish’s chief liturgical and pastoral officer.
At this time in the life of the Church, when laity and clergy are recognizing the benefits of shared leadership, the call of a Vestry member means working collaboratively with fellow Vestry members and the Rector to create a vision and plan of action that reflects God's dream for the congregation.