Resources for Leaders
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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
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.)
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 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.
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. Download a Letter of Transfer form.
Liturgical Ministries Profiles
Liturgical Ministries Profiles: a competency-based resource for lay liturgical ministers
Please see our Marriage Resources page for the policy and forms pertaining to Holy Matrimony.
Misconduct (Make a Report)
- A guide for congregations interested in offering online worship.
- Bishop Shannon will lead daily online worship. Learn more.
Please find below instructions for filling out the Parochial Report, a Parochial Report Fillable form and workbooks for completing page 2 and page 3 of the Parochial Report. Note that the deadline for online filing was March 1, but you may still file online https://reports.dfms.org/ until May 1. In addition to filing online, the diocesan office needs a signed copy of the report emailed to email@example.com or mailed to: 5 Rock Point Road, Burlington, VT 05408.
- Instructions for the 2019 Parochial Report
- 2019 Parochial Report Fillable Form
- 2019 Parochial Report Workbook for Page 2
- 2019 Parochial Report Workbook for Page 3
Quitclaim Deeds for SPG and Glebe Lands
All transactions involving real property owned by the Trustees of the Episcopal Diocese of Vermont are not only subject to requirements that pertain within the Diocese, but also adhere to the Canons (laws) of The Episcopal Church of the United States. Having historical antecedents that pre-date the Revolutionary War, certain properties in the State of Vermont retain a lease obligation presently owned by the Trustees. To obtain a Quitclaim Deed for property for which there is a lease obligation owned by the Trustees of the Diocese of Vermont, procedures outlined on this page must be followed.
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.
The Episcopal Network for Stewardship (TENS) has worked with social networking experts and pastors across the church to develop tools that will help congregations. To access these resources on the TENS website, enter the username 1PETER and password FOUR:10.
TENS resources for 2020 stewardship campaigns
- Virtual Stewardship 101
- Using the TENS Resources for Virtual Stewardship
- Creating Community for Stewardship Virtually
- Virtual Events, Auctions, and Galas
Click here for a listing of Supply Clergy (Updated February 9, 2021)
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)
United Thank OfferingThe United Thank Offering (UTO) is a ministry of The Episcopal Church for the mission of the whole church. Funds are raised through the UTO “blue box” program in congregations throughout the church. The UTO coordinator for the Episcopal Church in Vermont is Wendy Grace.
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.