Dear people of the Episcopal Church in Vermont:
On June 13, 2015 members of the Episcopal Church in Vermont will gather at Trinity Church, Rutland for a Convocation, to which all are invited. This Convocation concludes the year-long “Becoming More Missional” consultation process that I initiated prior to my 2014 sabbatical. During this Convocation I will present several recommendations that I believe will help strengthen and guide us as we engage God’s Mission in the months and years ahead.
In advance of that gathering and in order to assist the Diocesan Council in its budget and mission deliberations, I am announcing my decision regarding a significant change to the diocesan Ministry Support Team. As of September 1, 2015 the full time positions of Canon for Ministry Development and Canon for Stewardship and Development will be eliminated. While other key recommendations will be forthcoming as we seek to “re-imagine” the future of the Episcopal Church in Vermont, it seemed important to share this particular decision now because of the associated budget implications that I will be discussing with Diocesan Council and its Budget Committee in the weeks ahead.
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