One of the leadership structures for Restoration is an elected team of 9 men and women who serve as elders for our church. We call them, ‘the vestry’ (ancient Anglican term– they used to meet in the vestry, the room where they store the vestments– the fancy clothes for the priest and altar). The vestry provides spiritual leadership and organizational vision for our. They pray and listen for the things to which God is calling us and articulate them to our community through annual goals, budget, and team oversight.
Each vestry member serves for 3 years. Since this is our first vestry election, we will be electing all 9 members and they will ‘draw straws’ to determine their term of service (1-3 years). In the following years, we will rotate 3 people by election.
The vestry chooses three ‘officers’– president (me), secretary, and treasurer. They also appoint a senior and junior warden who serve a special advisory role to the Rector.
Restoration has been so well served by our Servant Team over the last year. These leaders helped us move from a nameless, locationless vision to what we have today. Some of those folks are standing for vestry election but most will move on to other places of service. I am so thankful for them.
If you are a member of Restoration, you will be able to vote in the vestry election that will be held from Nov 8-15. Please look at the attached bio book and pray diligently about how you will vote. This is such an important ‘next step’ for our community.
If you are not a member yet of Restoration, but desire to make those commitments, you are invited to our membership orientations on Oct 26 or 27. We’d love to get to know you.
Hang on tight, these are exciting times at Restoration.
October 25, 2009 @ 4:31 pm
I’ve been trying to find a way to appropriately thank all of you who have prayed and worked so hard on the Servant Team or in other major contributing roles this past year. I love being able to see each of you in various ways that Restoration has come to be. Even when I look at the carpet each Sunday, I think of all the love, labor and toil that went into picking out just the right texture, color, shade, durability and price point. I guess what I am trying to say is I know there are SO many details that needed to be thought of, prayed for and taken care of, and I LOVE having a team of wonderful servants who took care of all that for me, my family and all others who enjoy RAC. In a perfect world, I would have crafted you each a beautiful card filled with inspired words of gratitude. And in that perfect world, the card would have come with a plate full of my best homemade cookies. BUT since I am SOOOOO far from perfect, as is this world, I hope this blog comment with words from the heart will be okay. Thank you, each in every one of you, for the way you have served, and continue to serve, the community of RAC.
October 26, 2009 @ 7:16 am
On behalf of everyone (except Josh), you’re welcome, Jennie.
October 26, 2009 @ 12:03 pm
Yeah, you guys rock!