The Best of Vestry Papers

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Some of the most dynamic leaders in the Episcopal Church offer their wisdom and experience on a range of issues in congregational life. Nuts and bolts of running stewardship campaigns? Theological insights on church finances? Reasons behind having a church nursery even if there aren’t any babies present? It’s all here, with practical illustrations, gentle advice and rich humor.

Compiled from nine years of Vestry Papers. Published by the Episcopal Church Foundation, now in Vital Posts, an online format.

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Excerpt from Doing Holy Business: The Best of Vestry Papers

Perhaps it’s ironic that this book starts with a chapter on church growth. After all, lots of other things are normally on the front burners for vestries: financial stability, church attendance, pledging, buildings and grounds.

Truth be told, we’re taking our clue here from Jesus. Like bookends, his words and actions inviting others into the Christian life opened and closed his earthly ministry. So we figure there can’t be a better starting point.

Have courage. Have fun. And most of all, have faith.