Parish bylaws designate the immediate past senior warden to chair the next year’s nominating committee, which develops a slate for the vestry election and delegates to diocesan annual convention. The wisdom of this process is that coming fresh off vestry gives good insight about the skills and interests that the church needs.
It is an honor to be elected to parish leadership, meaning we often elect people who have earned that privilege by what they’ve done previously. But the vestry needs people who are engaged in the future ways that St. John’s will serve its members, the community, the denomination and diocese and God’s realm.
It may be that we need you, now. Consider this an invitation to nominate someone who you admire and believe will contribute to the work of St. John’s. That could be yourself - don’t be shy about self-nominating!
The bylaws and church cannon say simply that to serve on vestry or as an annual convention delegate an individual must be: 18 years or older, a confirmed Episcopalian, active in regular worship and a current-year pledger of financial support. St. John’s requires a minimum of two years between vestry terms.
Beyond those simple requirements, consider these facts about St. John’s and the skills we need:
The nominating committee is working this summer so we can present a slate of eight to 10 candidates for December’s vestry election and 10 to 12 delegates for next January’s annual convention. If you can suggest people we should consider, please contact one of us: Sarah Boxley Beck, Gates DeHart, Ann Garst, John Levin, Lawrence McConnell or Christie Wills. Call or email us by Aug. 1, please.