The Vestry Handbook (Third Revised Edition) by Christopher L. Webber

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Continuously in print since 1988, the Vestry Handbook is an essential and comprehensive guide for clergy, wardens, and vestry members.  First revised in 2000, this newly revised third edition includes updated information on the Canons of the Church, available resources, and financial considerations, as well as new sections on safe-church training and dealing with conflict.  Included in the appendices are helpful examples of contracts, purpose statements, inventory lists, a glossary of church terms, and as=n organizational chart.  The Handbook explores, among others, the following topics:

  • Leadership roles and organizational structure
  • managing parish finances
  • buildings and grounds
  • liabilities and insurance
  • relationships with clergy, parish staff, the dicese, and the national Church
  • IRS considerations
  • Meetings and elections
  • The spiritual lives of vestry members
Christopher L. Webber