Posted on in Celebrating our Ministries by The Rev. David Marshall
Ernest Shackleton famously ran the following advertisement to recruit men for his 1912 expedition to reach the South Pole and cross the Antarctic land mass:
Men wanted for hazardous journey. Low wages, bitter cold, long hours of complete darkness. Safe return doubtful. Honour and recognition in event of success.
Maybe we should run a similar advertisement to recruit the next class of vestry members this year! Our vestry is actively and even passionately engaged in the life and leadership of St. Dunstan’s Church. They devote one meeting a month and plenty of attention between meetings to guide and nourish our congregation. Their primary responsibility is to see to the financial needs and responsibilities of the congregation, but their actual work goes far beyond this. Our vestry leaders head our Pastoral Care ministries, our Care Teams, the developing Parish Nursing program, Sunday School and Youth programs, and more.
Vestry meetings all start with food and fellowship and then a spiritual reflection led by one of the members of the vestry. We work efficiently through the required agenda each month, including reviewing financial reports and various team reports, and we always end by praying for one another. We typically finish in an hour and a half, and we try to organize our time so we can focus on the most important and helpful issues.
In looking for new vestry members we look for people with an aptitude for leadership, the ability to work well with others, and a love for doing God’s work in community. The vestry of St. Dunstan’s Church gives back to God and even “pays it forward” with their dedicated work caring for the financial and leadership needs of this growing and thriving congregation. I often find myself, in the midst of a vestry meeting, looking around the group with gratitude for their dedication and competence. St. Dunstan’s Church is blessed with an outstanding vestry.
If you are one of those people willing to embark on a “hazardous journey for low (no) wages, bitter cold, long hours of complete darkness” (not really) to lead our congregation forward, please speak with Karen Tynes, Mary E. Pacher, or me.
Yours in Christ,