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The Vestry is a group of lay members who assist in the ongoing leadership and decision-making processes of St. Anne's. There are twelve members elected to three-year terms, plus a secretary and a treasurer. The Vestry has three primary areas of responsibility:
- Prayer & Presence. The highest role of the Vestry is that of spiritual leadership. While our Rector serves as the primary spiritual leader of our congregation, we believe the full ministry of the Church belongs to all baptized members. To that end, our Vestry members are called to serve as effective examples of a prayerful and purposeful life. They are expected to pray daily for the members and ministry of St. Anne's and to be consistently present in the life of our congregation.
- Vision & Mission. Along with the Rector, the members of our Vestry are the primary vision casters for our congregation. Listening for guidance from the Holy Spirit and from the members of St. Anne's, the Vestry continually asks, "What is God calling our church to do next? How is God calling St. Anne's to be a blessing to others?" This process can take the form of big-picture long-range planning, or it can be lived out in the simple month-to-month decisions made at Vestry meetings.
- Oversight and Empowerment. Each Vestry member has an area of responsibility such as Finance, Buildings and Grounds, Christian Formation, etc. Vestry members work with the lay leaders in these areas to ensure good communication between our many ministries and to empower our members to serve creatively and effectively.