||How Policies Are Made
The policies in the Parish Handbook were developed in
response to actual, or anticipated needs. The policies are used by the
Vestry and staff to respond to requests by members, and enquiries by
others, in a consistent manner. Approving new policies, revising
existing policies or removing them is the responsibility of the Vestry.
Only the Vestry can do this, however, any parish member, seeing the need
for policy formation, revision or removal, can recommend it.
The preferred method is to first talk to the person who has
responsibility for, or a vested interest in, the area that a policy
might affect. For example, a change likely to affect the administrative
process might begin by discussing it with the Office Manager. A
discussion that might affect Christian Education would best begin with
the Director of Christian Education.
If the person having oversight of the area a policy might affect agrees
that creating/revising/removing a policy is warranted, a proposal should
be drafted for the Vestry to consider.
The next step would be to contact the Clerk and request that the
proposal be added to an upcoming Vestry agenda and provide the Clerk
with a copy of the proposal for distribution to Vestry members to review
The person sponsoring the proposal should attend the Vestry meeting at
which it is considered and be prepared to discuss it. Parishioners are
welcome to attend regularly scheduled Vestry meetings.
If you have any questions about policy formation or about the Vestry
Handbook, please contact the Clerk.