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Audits and Church Finances

Advance Prep for Audit
Audit Organizer and Checklist
Notification of Audit Committee Members (Updated Feb. 13, 2019)
Manual for Treasurers of Vermont Churches
A Manual for Audit Committees
Audit Compliance Review Form (Updated Feb. 13, 2019)
Audit Certification Form (Updated Feb. 13, 2019)
Audit Books of Account
Internal Control Checklist (Updated Feb. 13, 2019)
IRS 20 Questions to Determine if Worker is Employee or Independent Contractor

Christian Formation

Go here for resources, including life-long formation and confirmation.

Commission on Ministry Resources

Resources from the Commission on Ministry / Committee on Discernment

Congregations in Transition

Contact Canon Lynn Bates for a listing of Congregations in transition.
Calling New Clergy Partnership in a Congregation 2015

Constitution & Canons

Constitution & Canons of the Diocese of Vermont (as amended by the October 2018 Diocesan Convention)
Constitution & Canons of The Episcopal Church 2018 (Page will open in General Convention website.)

Disaster Preparedness

Resources to assist with mitigating and managing disasters can be found on the Disaster Preparedness page, including diocesan plans, contacts, and links to wider church resources.

Diocesan Convention

Information about 2020 Diocesan Convention coming soon.
Journals of the Annual Convention of the Diocese of Vermont

Diocesan Cycle of Prayer

Download the 2020 Diocesan Cycle of Prayer

Eucharistic & Postcommunion Prayers (Trial Use)

The 2018 General Convention authorized the trial use of expansive language versions of Eucharistic Prayers A, B and D. Our own Mark Howe at the Cathedral Church of St. Paul in Burlington has taken that invitation to heart and crafted the following liturgies. Please inform your congregation that these are authorized trial liturgies, and invite their feedback.

BCP 365 Eternal God – trial use, expansive language
BCP 366 Almighty and everliving God – trial use, expansive language
Eucharistic Prayer A (with 2018 Trial Use language) – Altar book
Eucharistic Prayer A (with 2018 Trial Use language)
Eucharistic Prayer B (with 2018 Trial Use language) – Altar book
Eucharistic Prayer B (with 2018 Trial Use language)
Eucharistic Prayer D (with 2018 Trial Use language) – Altar book
Eucharistic Prayer D (with 2018 Trial Use language)

Grants and Loans Programs

The Grants and Loans Committee oversees all grants and loans available through the diocese.


Resources regarding church property insurance.

Letter of Transfer

It is customary in the Episcopal Church that when you move from one parish to another, you so do by Letter of Transfer.  This can be accomplished by the Parish Secretary requesting a Letter of Transfer from your former parish.  Once the Letter of Transfer is received, you become a member of the church you have transferred to. Download a Letter of Transfer form.

Liturgical Ministries Profiles

Liturgical Ministries Profiles: a competency-based resource for lay liturgical ministers

Marriage Resources

Please see our Marriage Resources page for the policy and forms pertaining to Holy Matrimony

Misconduct (Make a Report)

If you have knowledge of what you believe to be misconduct by a member of the clergy (bishops, priests and deacons), visit our “Report Misconduct (Title IV Intake)” page.

Multicultural Resources

Vermont Partnership for assistance, support and advocacy related to inclusion, diversity, and equity in the public sphere.
Kicked Out! A report on the disparate treatment of students of color and those with disabilities when it comes to discipline in our VT public schools.
Vermont African American Heritage Trail
Greater Burlington Multicultural Resource Center
The Episcopal Church in Vermont’s Racial Reconciliation & Racial Healing Page


Alcohol Use Policy

Poverty Resources

Poverty: An Annotated Resource List
Poverty Reminder Tent Card (pdf)
National Council of Churches Poverty Initiative
Vermont Plan to End Homelessness (Vermont Council on Homelessness)
Study Guide for The Rich and The Rest of Us, by Cornell West and Tavis Smiley

Real Estate Policies

Real Estate Policies can be found on the Trustees page.

Safe Church Training

Diocese of Vermont Policies and Procedures Relating to Sexual Misconduct
Diocese of Vermont Policies for the Protection of Children and Youth/Standards and Practical Applications for Anyone Working with Children or Youth
Download the safer church training manual, Honoring Our Relationships
Go here for information on Safe Church Training for clergy and lay leaders.
If you have knowledge of what you believe to be misconduct by a member of the clergy (bishops, priests and deacons), visit our “Report Misconduct (Title IV Intake)” page.


Stewardship resources.

Supply Clergy

Click here for a listing of Supply Clergy (Updated July 9, 2019)
Compensation Schedule for Supply Clergy:

In September 2018, Diocesan Council reviewed clergy supply rates in other Province I dioceses and then voted to increase the supply rates for the Diocese of Vermont, effective January 1, 2019. The rates for 2019 are as follows:

  • $150 for one service, plus mileage and out-of-pocket expenses
  • $250 for two services plus mileage and out-of-pocket expenses
  • $0.58 a mile for all business miles driven (2019 Current IRS Rate)


The ECF Vestry Resource Guide For first-time vestry members or more seasoned leaders. How-to practical advice and information, founded on the Baptismal Covenant.

Vestry Papers/Vital Practices  Resources and tools to respond to the changing needs of the Church. Web-based resources, articles, blogs, and thematic articles.

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