At St. Jude’s, the vestry is an integral part of strategic planning and goal setting for the mission of the parish. The vestry has fiduciary responsibility for budgeting to achieve these plans and goals and for taking care of the building and grounds. 

There are 12 members of St. Jude's Vestry. Four members are elected each year, at the annual meeting, for a 3 year term of office. The group meets monthly to discuss the goals and programs of the church and allocate funds for outreach and ongoing church activities. 


“The vestry is the elected lay leadership of the parish.  The vestry is entrusted with the temporal affairs of the church, tasked to work with financial aspects of church life, work with the rector and other lay leaders on program, mission, and evangelism for the good of the church locally, regionally, and nationally. 

They function as a “trustee” body, making sure the best interests of the local church are being managed on a regular basis.  As trustees, they carry a dual responsibility: to carry out a set of legal mandates as officers of a chartered corporation; and to be the decision-makers of a congregation that is committed not merely to the preservation of a physical institution but engagement in ministry and mission that is constantly changing.”  -- [Vestries in the Episcopal Church, by Robert Hansel, Forward Movement Publ. 1993]

“In each Parish the Rector, Wardens, and Vestry shall be the directors and officers authorized by law or by the Articles of Incorporation to manage the affairs of the Parish as a corporation.”  -- [Canon 19.1 of the Canons of the Diocese of El Camino Real]


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