Episcopal Diocese of Washington

Engaging a changing world with
an enduring faith in Jesus Christ

For Parish Leaders

Lay leaders in congregations across the diocese perform a dizzying array of tasks that sometimes require them to put their hands on particular resources quickly.  You will find resources here for parish administrators and for wardens and vestry leaders.

Parish Administrators

Administrative leaders receive special support from the diocese, including an active listserv and a colleagues group. They will also the Cycle of Prayer and other sacramental and liturgical resources here, including forms and certificates.

Parish Administrators Group List

Parish secretaries and administrators are invited to join a lively, informative email group.

Colleague group

Founded in September 2003, the group is a network for sharing information, establishing a spirit of fellowship and providing feedback to the diocese regarding parish needs. Members share documents like Microsoft Word templates for confirmation cards and the confirmation report that goes to the diocese. Members keep in touch through the “parishadmins” listserv.

Liturgy and Sacraments

The Cycle of Prayer can be found here, as well as information about and documents for Confirmation and Marriage, and other liturgical resources.

Contact: Kathleen Hall

Wardens

Resources for help in calling new clergy, handling finances, reporting on parish activities and elections and getting Safe Church training.

Wardens Group List

An email group is available for junior and senior wardens to join and connect with other wardens with questions or ideas related to wardens' responsibilities. Click here to join the group.

Clergy Transitions

The process of calling a new rector is one of mutual discernment for the vestry, search team, and candidates in partnership with the bishop. 

Congregational Growth Grants

The diocese offers grants of $3,000 to $20,000 to support initiatives that foster collaborative partnerships in evangelism, worship, mission and justice work with underserved communities within the diocese. 

Finances

Find the diocese’s narrative budget, Bishop Budde’s annual request for parish support for the diocesan budget, information about audits, ethical investing and the diocesan investment fund.

Licenses and Reports

The forms found here include the parochial report, licenses for lay ministry and reports on parish elections.

Liturgy and Sacraments

The Cycle of Prayer can be found here, as well as information about and documents for Confirmation and Marriage, and other liturgical resources.

Strategic Financial Resources Commission

The Strategic Financial Resources Commission is charged with supporting parishes as they build capacity to secure the financial resources necessary to achieve their missions.

Safe Church

Safe Church training is required for most ministry leaders in the diocese.

Supply Clergy

When you need to find a priest to perform a service, this is where to look.

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