Seeking Vestry and Convention delegate nominees

At every level of organization, the Church benefits from energetic and committed leadership. Are you called to serve on our parish Vestry or represent our church in diocesan governance at deanery meetings and annual Convention? Elections will be at our annual parish meeting at noon on Sunday, January 31, 2016.

Get involved at St. Martin’s – run for the Vestry!

There are many ways that you can become involved at St. Martin-in-the-Fields Episcopal Church, from taking care of the grounds to serving at the altar. Your participation is always welcome and appreciated. Another possibility is serving on the Vestry (church council).

What does the Vestry do?

The Vestry is responsible for the property, endowments and all temporal concerns of the parish. They are the legal representatives of the parish for the property and relations between the parish and the clergy.

What are the requirements to be on the Vestry?

To be a voting member of the Vestry you must be:

  • a confirmed (or received) communicant
  • 18 years old or older
  • a financial contributor in the preceding year

Youth Vestry members are allowed but they are not voting members. To qualify as a youth member you must be:

  • A confirmed or received communicant
  • 14 – 18 years old

What is the time commitment?

  • Elected Vestry members serve for 3 years.
  • Meetings are on the third Sunday of the month at 12:30 pm
  • Provides a welcome to the congregation prior to a selected service (one service a month)
  • Unlocks and locks the church & building (one service a month)

Why should I run for the Vestry?

Everyone meeting the qualifications are encouraged to run. You will have the opportunity to work with a great team to guide the future of St. Martin’s. This is an exciting time for St. Martin’s. We are growing faster than ever. We have the largest youth population in the diocese and several new adult education offerings. We need your help, your dreams and your experience to take St. Martin’s into the future.

Get involved in our diocese! Run for delegate to Convention

The Convention of the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth is the primary representative governing body of the diocese. It convenes annually in November to conduct diocesan business, including election of officers and members of various leadership bodies; approval of a budget for the upcoming year; and establishing diocesan policy and procedure by considering and voting on resolutions and approving changes to the diocesan constitution and canons. Usually the Convention meets on a Friday and Saturday. For Convention, we need to elect delegates and alternates.

Very occasionally a special session of diocesan Convention is called in addition to the annual session for a specific purpose. We had one this summer to approve our new bishop, Scott Mayer.

A smaller representative body, the Executive Council, meets regularly throughout the year to oversee and conduct diocesan business in between annual diocesan Conventions. Each deanery elects one representative to Executive Council; other representatives are elected at large at Convention.

What does a Convention delegate do?

  • Attend deanery meetings and meetings of any diocesan bodies you serve on.
  • Study resolutions and amendments and other materials, including the proposed diocesan budget and nominations for various diocesan offices.
  • Attend pre-convention forums to learn and discuss business that will come before Convention in November.
  • Attend the Convention. Come prepared to vote on items on the agenda. Speak when so moved in discussing governance items.

What is the time commitment of a Convention delegate?

  • Delegates serve for 1 year
  • Delegates attend deanery meetings at least twice a year, once in August and within 30 days before Convention
  • If elected to Executive Council, meetings are in January, March, May, and September; Executive Council members also attend meetings of assigned committees
  • Attend Convention in November, usually for two days

What are the requirements to be a Convention delegate?

To be a delegate to the Convention, you must be:

  • a confirmed (or received) communicant
  • 18 years old or older
  • a financial contributor in the preceding year

Youth delegates to Convention have seat and voice but they are not voting members. To qualify as a youth member you must be:

  • A confirmed or received communicant
  • 14 – 18 years old

Why should I run for the Convention delegate?

Delegates to diocesan Convention play an important leadership role as they not only represent to the wider Church the particular character of God’s mission at St. Martin-in-the-Fields, but also connect St. Martin-in-the-Fields with the wider church. Our Church’s mission in the 24 counties in North Central Texas that our diocese spans needs passionate leaders to take us into the future.

How do I get my name on the ballot?

All you need to do is send a short biography of yourself & along with a headshot photo to stmartin@stmartininthefields.org, indicating that you want to run for Vestry or as Convention delegate. Your name and bio will be published on the church website and included in information for annual meeting. The election will be at the annual meeting on January 31, so please plan to attend.

Questions?

If you want more information, please contact our senior warden at senior.warden@stmartininthefields.org.

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