At its January 2013 retreat, the Vestry of
Trinity moved toward a new model for mission and ministry, by organizing
itself and the parish into ministry teams. What is a team? A team is
formed whenever groups of people come together to accomplish a common
goal. In the world of sports the goal is to win. In the world of the
church the goal building up the body of Christ for service in the name
Team ministry is a powerful way for a
congregation to expand its mission and ministry and position itself so
that more and more people can participate in the mission and ministry of
Instead of the Vestry, or even just the
clergy, leading mission and ministry at Trinity ministry teams will
enable more and more persons to offer their gifts and talents.
The Vestry has established a number of
teams, and each team will have a Convener (not the authority but the
facilitator) and a Vestry Liaison as members. These two persons along
with at least four to six other persons will form the team. The goal of
the each team is to facilitate leadership in a number of vital areas in
the life of Trinity Church that we might better serve Christ and each
other. A number of our teams are already fully functioning at Trinity
and others are being established. Here is a brief description of each
The Administration Team will assist the Rector in overseeing the
administrative life of the parish, including our business contracts,
insurance coverage, office needs, and personnel. Vestry Liaison, David
The Budget team will come together for the task of proposing a
budget to the Vestry of Trinity. They will communicate with the clergy
and staff on a yearly basis to draw up a proposed budget based on our
mission and goals. The proposal to go to the Vestry for itís approval at
itís January meeting. Vestry Liaison, Adrian Vassallo.
Buildings and Grounds
The Buildings and Grounds team will oversee the physical needs of
the Trinity campus and facilities. Vestry Liaisons, Susan Covington, Jr.
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The Planned Giving team is responsible for developing a program of
planned giving at Trinity. It will educate the congregation about the
ways in which planned gifts can be made and will organize a yearly
recognition of those who have made plans for Trinity, both the living
and the dead. Convener, Ralph Simpson. Vestry Liaison, Adrian Vassallo.
The Investment team oversees the financial investments of Trinity
Parish. The team will work together to determine appropriate risk for
Trinity and choose investments and recommend a return rate to the
Vestry. Convener, Fred Groce. Vestry Liaison, Adrian Vasallo.
The Stewardship team will educate the parish as to the place of
stewardship in Christian life. The team will offer ways for members of
the parish to offer the stewardship of their time, talent and treasure
and will administer the parishís Annual Campaign Appeal. Vestry Liaison,
Adult Christian Education and Formation
The Adult Christian Education team will work with the Rector and
clergy to establish a program of formation for adults at Trinity church.
Convener, Carol Hubbard. Vestry Liaison, Jerry Grant.
The Children and Youth Ministries team will assist the Director of
Childrenís Ministries in establishing and implementing a program of
Christian formation for and with our children, from infants to fifth
grade. Convener, Beth Chestnut. Vestry Liaison, Allison Mainolfi.
The Congregational Development team will oversee ministries of
welcome at Trinity. They will look at the questions of signage,
incorporation of newcomers, welcome material, advertisements and more.
Vestry Liaison, Carole Hildebran.
The Parish Life team will oversee the ministry of hospitality at
Trinity including parish receptions, meals and other opportunities of
fellowship. Vestry Liaison, Catherine Metzger.
The Pastoral Care team will assist the clergy in caring for members
of the congregation and will assist members of the congregation in
caring for each other. The team will seek to support the ministries of
visitation, Lay Eucharistic Ministry, meals to the home bound, letter
writing and more. Convener, the Rector. Vestry Liaisons, Chris Dismukes
and Jerry Grant.
The Outreach team will work to establish and implement the ministry
of outreach at Trinity. The team will oversee the budgeted funds
approved for outreach, establish partnerships for outreach and seek to
engage all of the members of trinity in participating in the outreach
ministries the parish is called to. Convener, Katie Chappell. Vestry
Liaison, Chad Hardy.
The Worship team will assist the Rector in the coordination of the
regular worship of Trinity. Convener, the Rector. Vestry Liaisons, Tina
McGuire and Charlie Waddell.
The Youth team will assist the Director of Youth Ministries with
design and implementation of a full program for the youth (6th through
12th grade) of Trinity Church. Convener, Debbie Cox.
The Vestry asks that every member of Trinity
spend time in prayer considering their own gifts and passions in life.
Then, review the array of ministry teams that have been established by
the Vestry and consider how your gifts and skills might be put into
action. You can contact the Vestry Liaisons directly to express your
desire to participation. You can call the rector or any of the clergy to
discuss any questions you may have. In the coming weeks members of the
Vestry will also be inviting members of the parish to participate in a
ministry team. We pray that this process will allow an ever greater
number of members a way to offer their own talents and gifts at Trinity,
that together our ministry to each other and our neighbors may grow deep