18 Aug 2010, Posted by Christ Church Cathedral Vancouver
Members of Parish Council are elected at the annual Vestry meeting following a nomination process. The council focuses on supporting the goals of:
- growth of congregation in size, outreach and spiritual development
- increased participation in the work of the cathedral from parishioners
- developing guidelines for cathedral fundraising, events and programs
- forming cathedral response to important decisions (i.e. Synodmotion on the Blessing of Same Sex Unions)
- review of monthly financial reports
- input into the Restoration and Renewal program and the ongoing capital campaign program
- supporting emerging social priorities
There are five trustees (six when you include Dean Peter Elliott) who are also members of Parish Council. Among the five trustees are two wardens who serve for a two year term — a Rector’s Warden who is selected by the rector and a People’s Warden who is elected at Vestry.
Along with the clergy and treasurer, the trustees make up the “Board of Directors” of the Cathedral. They are ultimately responsible for decisions regarding the financial and business life of the church.
Gary Kenwood – Rector’s Warden
Liz Stockwell – People ‘s Warden
Amy Francis – Trustee
James Conklin – Trustee
John Ross – Secretary to the Corporation
Judy Mostardi – Treasurer
Elaine Young – Associate Warden
WARDENS & TRUSTEES REPORT 2011
It has been a pleasure and privilege to serve the Cathedral as wardens and trustees during 2011. On behalf of the entire congregation, we want to thank the Cathedral staff and clergy for their creative, faithful leadership this year. Taking counsel from many holy, dedicated parishioners, we have tried to make the best decisions possible on behalf of the congregation. We were moved to hear both Cathedral veterans and newcomers speak to the evolving role of the Cathedral at the fall visioning session. Please continue to approach us (conversations, notes in mailboxes, e-mails) about how we can best move forward.
The stewardship of God’s kingdom belongs to all of us, and we all share in the spiritual and financial challenges of realizing it. It is through the abundant generosity and faithfulness of all Christ’s disciples that the parish will continue to work towards God’s purpose in our community and the world.
Gary Kenwood, Rector’s Warden, Sue Cruikshank, People’s Warden, Rob Taylor, Trustee, Joan Seidl, Trustee
PARISH COUNCIL REPORT 2011
The Parish Council of Christ Church Cathedral comprises the five cathedral clergy and 19 elected members from the congregation. In 2011/12 it was co-chaired by Tom Callen and Amy Francis. The Council meets monthly, nine to ten times per term, to serve as a focus group to consider new ideas and approaches to ministry.
Ten-Year Financial Plan
One of the most important responsibilities of the Parish Council has been to examine the financial reports of the parish so we might finance our good works. The Treasurer, Ned Goodhue, told us he believes that “if we can define a ministry people feel committed to…the money will be there.” Increased giving comes from increased membership and increased personal commitment. The 2011 Stewardship Campaign operated against this background.
Focus on Service
The Parish Council agreed as a one-year experiment to consider a single focus for the year. Within this focus, we would be solution-focused rather than problem-focused. For this year, the topic was “Service,” and how we can make sure that all Christ Church Cathedral members who want to be of service are used as well as possible, and that we have a coordinated network of services.
Cathedral Census and Visioning Conference A census questionnaire was made available to Cathedral parishioners and friends in September. Over 300 people completed the census. The results were discussed and considered at a Visioning Conference facilitated by Patricia Thompson. Held at Vancouver School of Theology October 28 & 29, 2011, the conference attracted over 100 people
who considered possible future scenarios for the life and mission of Christ Church Cathedral. The deliberations of the conference and results of the census will continue to be reviewed by the Council as it completes its term. Recommendations will be forwarded to the new Parish Council.
Ronald Jobe, Secretary to Parish Council