St. Aidan's Episcopal Church is a "Mission" of the Diocese of Olympia, the Episcopal Church in Western Washington. So in our case, the Bishop of the Diocese is the chief pastor of the congregation. He/she appoints a Vicar to represent him/her in matters of ordained pastoral ministry in the life of the congregation.
The board of lay leadership (normally called a Vestry) is here called a Bishop's Committee. The Bishop’s Committee and the Vicar provide leadership in the areas of budget, maintenance of church property, gifts and endowments, and discerning how it all fits within the stated vision and mission of the church.
Bishop’s Committee members are elected to a term of 3 years. The Senior Warden and the Junior Warden (or 'People's Warden') are B.C. members elected or appointed to one year terms.
The Bishop’s Committee meets on the third Monday of each month at 7:00 p.m. in the conference room. (Meeting can occasionally move, so double check the church calendar)
All meetings are open meetings. Anyone is welcome to attend. If you plan on attending, please give us a heads-up so that we can better welcome you.
Anyone may submit items for discussion at Bishop's Committee meetings. They should be submitted to the Senior Warden no later than 1 week prior to the next meeting, preferably in writing so nothing gets lost in translation.
Any church member may ask any B.C. member to speak in their stead regarding a topic/proposal they wish to forward, so long as the person making the request agrees to be named in the reporting.