Saint Timothy's
Episcopal Church
Indianapolis, IN  USA

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Vestry Notes

Fourth Tuesday of each month (normally)
 All meetings start at 6:00 pm
Meetings are open to members of the parish

Vestry 2018


       Scott Trauscht             Edith Collins             Karsor Dennis             John Prey
      Senior Warden                      2018                          2018                       2018 


        Tim Kramer              George Green              Lou Pierce            Tim Nickson
           2019                                2019                                  Co-Treasurers


          Donna Adams        Mike Sarfaty           Rev Rebecca Nickel     Maria Granato
               2020                            2020                      
    Rector                  Clerk of the

portraits by Ed Champa

2018 Minutes

Vestry Meetings are led by our Priest, Rev Rebecca.
Meetings are open to all parish members.





Vestry Norms and Expectations

As vestry members we agree to…

  • Commit to serve for three years.
  • Attend monthly Vestry Meetings – signing a covenant that you will miss no more than two meetings during the year.
  • Notify the Rector in advance when you are going to miss a meeting by email: and the day of the meeting by text: 317.650.9728.
  • Be informed and prepared for meetings.  Please read the documents before meeting.
  • Honor the agenda, will start and end on time – keeping meeting to 90 minutes.
  • Topics outside the agenda will be documented and tabled for a later meeting.
  • Vestry members will lead by example: being willing to be first to make their annual financial pledge commitment and consistent attendance at worship.

When we make decisions, as vestry members we agree to…

  • Pray.  Seek the guidance of the Holy Spirit in all our decisions.
  • Use active listening: Respond by asking for clarification or acknowledging your understanding of the others point of view before you state your ideas.  Use “I wonder…” questions.
  • Use “I” messages not “You” messages.
  • Communicate that you understand, even if you don’t agree.
  • Participate in no side conversations.  What we have to say gets heard by everyone at the meeting. 
  • Hold no conversations outside of the Vestry meetings.
  • Respectfully disagree.  Dissent before making a decision is healthy as long as it is respectful.
  • Listen to everyone and let whoever is speaking finish without interruption. 
  • Minority opinion should receive a full voice as we work toward consensus.
  • Commit and present a unified Vestry to the parish, once a decision is made.

In general, as vestry members we agree to…

  • Cultivate relationship free of gossip, sabotage, manipulation or bulling behavior.  We will manage conflicts in a healthy way, avoid triangulation by addressing conflicts directly.
  • Follow through on commitments made at the Vestry meetings.
  • Hold other members accountable to their commitments.
  • Attend as many parish activities & gatherings as possible.
  • Follow the electronic communication policy on refraining from conflict and emotional communication on line.
  • Maintain confidentiality around all matters pertaining to individuals, personnel, or the congregation.