Vestry

Our Vestry

What is a Vestry?

Congregations that have been granted parish status by their diocese are governed by their Rector and the Vestry. Traditionally, and by canon law, the Vestry, consisting of Wardens and other members, is the legal representative of the parish “in all matters concerning its corporate property and the relations of the Parish to its Clergy” except as may be provided by state law or diocesan canons.

The Church of the Ascension in Munich is incorporated under German law as an “Eingetragener Verein (e.V.)” which is legally represented by its Wardens (“Vorsitzender und stellvertrender Vorsitzender”) and the Treasurer (which in our parish is elected by the Vestry but does not have to be a member of it).

Our Vestry has 12 members (including the wardens) which serve for two years; the terms are staggered such that every year 6 members are newly elected by the Annual General Meeting of the Parish. A member may only serve for 2 consecutive terms.

The Vestry meets once a month; the Presiding Officer is the Rector. We have a Senior and a Junior Warden, the former chairs a meeting in the absence of the Rector. An Executive Committee consisting of the Rector, the Wardens, Treasurer and Vestry Secretary, oversee implementation of decisions and plan the agenda.

The responsibilities of the Vestry are:

 

  • Help define and articulate the mission of the congregation
  • Support the mission by word and deed
  • Select the Rector
  • Ensure effective organization and planing
  • Ensure adequate resources in leadership and in financial stewardship
  • Manage resources effectively
  • Determine that appropriate programs, policies and procedures have been developed and are followed
  • Assess its own performance

 

Our Vestry

 

  • Yvonne Cockcroft  (Senior Warden)
  • Patricia Shaw (Junior Warden)
  • Herndon Stokes (Secretary)
  • Carter Balkcom
  • Harald Bayer
  • Carmen Bleicher
  • Huw Edwards
  • Steve Knowles
  • Barbara Norman
  • Malcolm Phillips
  • Michael Wolters
  • Mitchell Woodard

 

Vestry Notes

from the Parish Newsletter

 

Please refer to our Newsletter

 

Contact Information

Rector:
Rev. Steven R. Smith

Address:Seybothstr. 4
81545 Munich

Phone: +49 89 648 185
Fax: +49 89 644 428
Email Church Office
Email Webmaster

 

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