Category Archives: Administrative & Miscellaneous

A New Benefit for Parish and Ministries

Statue of justiceYour Executive Council has entered into an agreement with the legal firm of Plews, Shadely, Racher & Braun LLP, to assist member parishes or ministries with introductory consultations regarding legal needs.

These consultations will be limited to thirty minutes and will be charged against a Diocesan retainer that was added to our budget for 2016.


1. Congregations or ministries seeking the advice of an attorney will need to be referred by the Diocesan Office.

You will start by contacting either:

2. The name of the requesting leader and their contact information will then be emailed to both that leader and George Plews, Diocesan Chancellor, with a brief description of the issue. Then George or one of his colleagues will contact you.

3. If the local ministry needs more than an initial consultation, the firm may represent the local ministry on terms separate from this Agreement.

POSSIBLE SUBJECTS FOR A CONSULT: (Not an exclusive list, just suggestions):

1. Personnel
2. Property
3. Tax issues
4. Lease or rental/facility use
5. Rectory
6. State requirements
7. Contracts
8. Insurance and insurance claims


Episcopal Church Foundation (ECF)

Episcopal Church FoundationECF is a lay-led and independent organization, serving the Episcopal Church since 1949.

ECF partners with congregations, dioceses, and other Episcopal faith communities, empowering them to engage in strategic visioning and planning, develop effective lay and clergy leadership teams, and raise financial resources for ministry. ECF’s programs, products, and services help congregations respond to the changing needs of the Episcopal Church in the 21st century.

Through ECF’s programs lay and clergy leadership teams bring about transformation, renewal, and positive change in their communities, live out Christian stewardship, and develop new approaches to mission and ministry.

ECF serves lay and clergy leaders at all levels of the Episcopal Church in congregations, dioceses, and other Episcopal organizations. ECF also works directly with faithful individuals through resources such as ECF Vital Practices, webinars and educational events, and a Planned Giving Program.

The Church Pension Group (CPG)

church pension groupOur mission is to serve…

  • The clergy, lay employees and their families
  • Parishes, dioceses and other institutions of the Episcopal Church…

By providing comprehensive retirement, health and life insurance benefits and other programs and services as approved by the General Convention and the Board of Trustees.

The Manual of Business Methods in Church Affairs

Shield_of_the_US_Episcopal_Church.svgThe Canons of the Episcopal Church set forth the general responsibility and accountability for the stewardship of the Church’s money and property. Title I, Canon 7 specifically addresses the business methods prescribed for every diocese, parish, mission, and institution subject to the authority of the Episcopal Church.

The Manual of Business Methods in Church Affairs, published and maintained by The Episcopal Church identifies requirements and seeks to provide helpful advice on sound, practical internal controls, accounting guidelines and business practices.

Download a copy here.

Parochial Reports

Shield_of_the_US_Episcopal_Church.svgThe Parochial Report established by the Constitution and Canons of the Episcopal Church is a tool for the collection of data that is intended to assist the Church in planning for mission. Reports, tables and charts have been developed from Parochial Report data submitted by Episcopal congregations in the current Parochial Report year and in prior years.

All the necessary forms, links, instructions, and associated material are available on the Episcopal Church website at


2017-2018 Budget Process and Application

budgetThe following are now available for the 2017 and 2018 budgets.