BYLAWS OF ST. PETER'S CHURCH OF PLANT CITY, FLORIDA, INCORPORATED

(A Corporation Not for Profit)

001     Article One:  Organization and Purpose

002     Organization

003     The name of this organization is ST. PETER’S CHURCH OF PLANT CITY,

004     FLORIDA, INCORPORATED. (“the church”, or “St Peter’s”).

005     Purpose

006     The purpose of the church is the support of the public worship of Almighty God,

007     according to the faith and discipline of The Protestant Episcopal Church in the

008     United States of America (“the Episcopal Church”) and of The Episcopal Church

009     in the Diocese of Southwest Florida, Incorporated (“the Diocese”, or “the Diocese

010     of Southwest Florida”); As detailed within St. Peter's Mission/Vision statement known as 011     "Future Perfect", which will be updated regularly and used to evaluate the Parish but will   012      not be considered a part of these By-Laws.The church acknowledges itself to be a  

013     member of, and to belong to, The Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of

014     America and of the Diocese.  As such it accedes to, recognizes and adopts the

015     constitutions, canons, doctrine, discipline, and worship of The Protestant

016     Episcopal Church in the United States of America, and the constitution and

017     canons of the Diocese. 

018     Article Two:  Membership

019     Definition

020     A member of the church will be defined as a baptized person whose name is duly

021     enrolled as such in the Register of the church.

022     An adult member of the church will be defined as a baptized person, sixteen

023     years or older, whose name is duly enrolled in the Register of the church, and

024     who is sixteen years of age or older.

025     An adult member in good standing in the church will be defined as a baptized

026     person, whose name is duly enrolled in the Register of the church, sixteen years

027     or older, who is regular in attendance at divine services, and who makes stated

028     contributions of record to the general support of the church. Requirements and Discipline

029     It is expected that adult members in good standing will be faithful, with God’s

030     help, to the constitution, canons, doctrine, discipline, and worship of the

031     Episcopal Church and the constitution canons of the the Diocese.  It is expected

032     that adult members in good standing remain faithful to the Apostles’ and Nicene

033     Creeds; and, with God’s help, continue in the apostles’ teaching and fellowship,

034     in the breaking of bread, and in the prayers; persevere in resisting evil, and,

035     whenever he or she falls into sin, repent and return to the Lord; proclaim by word

036     and example the Good News of God in Christ; seek and serve Christ in all

037     persons, loving his or her neighbor as his or her self; and strive for justice and

038     peace among all  people, and respect the dignity of every human being.  In

039     addition, it is expected that adult members in good standing will attend at least

040     three corporate worship services a year.

041     Disputes Among Members/Disciplinary Issues

042     It is expected that members of the church will seek to live in faithful Christian love

043     for their fellow members.  Should a disciplinary issue or a dispute between

044     members arise, all pastoral efforts will be made to bring about reconciliation. 

045     These Bylaws call particular attention to the “Disciplinary Rubrics” contained in

046     the Book of Common Prayer.  Should any legal disputes arise between members

047     such concerns will be left to civil proceedings and all members will be expected

048     to continue to live in faithful Christian love for their fellow members during and

049     after any legal proceedings. 

050     Article Three:  Administration

051     Vestry

052     The church’s congregational and executive council shall be the Vestry.  It will be

053     the duty of the Vestry to protect the properties of the church and to see that all

054     things needed for orderly worship of God and for the administration of the

055     Sacraments and Ordinances of the church be provided.  It shall also be the duty

056     of the Vestry to take charge of the real and personal properties of the church and

057     keep the same fully insured, to provide for the remuneration of the clergy and

058     other ministers and employees serving the church, to prepare a budget providing

059     for the necessary requirements and expenditures of the church, to regulate all its

060     temporal concerns, to keep order in the church during the celebration of Divine

061     worship, and, in general, to act in whatever is appropriate to laypersons for the

062     furtherance of the church’s welfare and ministries and capacity.

063     The Vestry shall consist of nine persons, elected by the church at an Annual

064     Meeting.  No person shall be eligible to be a Warden or Vestry member who is an

065     employee, either lay or ordained; or an immediate family member of any

066     employee, either lay or ordained, of the church.

067     The term for a Vestry Member shall be three years.  The terms shall be

068     staggered so that the term of one third of the Vestry Members shall expire each

069     year.  No retiring member of the Vestry shall be elected to a succeeding term. 

070     Vacancies on the Vestry shall be filled by a vote of the majority of the remaining

071     members of the Vestry for the balance of the year.  Any person elected by the

072     Vestry to fill a vacancy may, at the next Annual Meeting, run for a regular term

073     or for the unexpired portion of the term of any vacancy.

074     A Warden or Vestry Member may be removed when sufficient cause exists for

075     such removal.  An affirmative vote of six Vestry Members and concurrence of the

076     Rector shall be required for such removal.  In addition, more than three

077     consecutive absences from regular meetings of the Vestry, unless excused by

078     resolution of the Vestry shall automatically constitute a vacancy.  This excludes

079     absences of the Rector.

080     Officers

081     The selection of Officers shall take place at the first meeting of the Vestry after

082     the Annual Meeting.  The officers will include Senior Warden, Junior Warden,

083     Secretaries, and Treasurer.  The term of the wardens shall be for one (1) year.  A

084     person may not serve as a warden for more than three (3) consecutive terms. 

085     No officer other than the Rector shall for any reason of their office be entitled to

086     receive any salary or compensation.

087     The Rector shall appoint one (1) member of the Vestry to be the Senior

088     Warden.  In the absence of the Rector, the Senior Warden shall assume all

089     duties of the Rector other than those that may only be performed by a Member

090     of Holy Orders as defined in the Constitutions and Canons of the Diocese and/or

091     by the Ecclesiastical Authority of the Diocese.  If there is no Rector, the

092     Vestry shall select the Senior Warden in the same manner as the Junior Warden.

093     The Vestry shall select one (1) member of the Vestry to be the Junior Warden. 

094     The selection of the Junior Warden will be by majority vote of the Vestry.  In the

095     absence of the Senior Warden, the Junior Warden shall assume the duties of the

096     Senior Warden.  The Junior Warden shall have overall responsibility for the

097     maintenance and insuring of all real and personal property held by the church.

098   The Vestry shall select a Secretary who need not be a member of the Vestry or

099   the church.  The Secretary shall ensure that the minutes of the Vestry’s

102   proceedings are taken and reported; up to and including the electronic recording of non-103   executive sessions at the Secretary's option, which recording shall be destroyed when the 104   written minutes related to a recording are approved unless the Vestry determines by a

105  majority vote to retain them. The Secretary will also attest to public acts of the Vestry,

106   preserve all records and papers belonging to the church, perform such other duties as

107   shall be legally assigned, and faithfully deliver into the hands of a successor all

108   books and documents of the church that may be in the Secretary’s possession. 

109   A Secretary who is not an elected member of the Vestry shall not be subject to

110   any limitations in the number of years of service. 

111   The Vestry shall select a Treasurer who need not be a member of the Vestry or

112   the church.  The Treasurer shall perform the duties incumbent upon that office

113   and the church shall furnish a bond of suitable amount.  The books and accounts

114   shall be audited annually and at any other time the Vestry may direct.  A

115   Treasurer who is not an elected member of the Vestry shall not be subject to

116   any limitations in the number of years of service. The offices of Secretary and

117   Treasurer may both be held by the same person.  The Treasurer shall deliver a

118   report at the Annual Meeting.

119   A retiring Senior Warden may assume the office of Warden of Advice upon the 

120   request of the Rector and advice of the rising Senior Warden.  This office shall last a 

121   term of one year and will assure seat at all Vestry meetings during the term.  There 

122   will be no vote allowed to the Warden of Advice.  Consequently, the seat will not 

123   affect the declaration of a quorum nor of the results of a vote.

124   The Vestry shall hold an annual meeting every year within two weeks after the

125   annual meeting of the church.  At this meeting the retiring Vestry shall turn over

126   the affairs of the church to the incoming Vestry with its newly elected members.

127   Vestry Meetings

128   No Vestry meeting may be called or held at the exclusion of the Rector.  Monthly

129   meetings of the Vestry shall be held at a time and place designated by the Vestry,

130   save that at any time the Vestry, by majority vote, may cancel the next meeting. 

131   Other meetings may be provided for at regular times, or be called by the Rector,

132   or if there be no the Rector, by the Senior Warden, or at the request of two Vestry

133   Members, or the Bishop may call a meeting of the Vestry and preside at such

134   meeting.

135   At all meetings, whether regular or specially called, a majority of Vestry Members

136   then in office shall constitute a quorum unless specifically provided otherwise in

137   these Bylaws.  All decisions must be by a majority vote of those present.  Each

138   Warden and Vestry Member shall have one vote, and such voting may not be

139   done by proxy.  Should the need arise for the Vestry to vote on a motion outside of   

140   scheduled regular monthly meetings, the Rector and/or Senior Warden may

141   facilitate a vote via email.  The presented motion requiring electronic vote shall

142   be emailed to all members of the Vestry.  All members of the Vestry must reply in

143   favor or opposed to the Facilitator and the  Clerk only.  If any member of the

144   Vestry requires the vote to be delayed, the vote will be delayed until the next

145  regularly scheduled Vestry meeting.  A response from all Vestry members is

146  required if all responses are not collected, the facilitator may contact Vestry

147   members to collect all votes.  The approved or denied proposal shall be added to

148   the next regularly scheduled vestry meeting as a review to be reviewed within

149   the Agenda and Minutes.

 

 

149   At all meetings of the Vestry, these Bylaws, the Canons of the

150   Church, and the most recently readily available edition of Robert’s Rules of Order

151   shall be observed.  In the event of a conflict between the Canons and Robert’s

152   Rules, the Canons shall prevail. 

153   Staff

154   Staff will be considered all those who are employees of the church.  Ordained

155   staff are those who have been ordained within The Protestant Episcopal Church

156   in the United States of America or members of the clergy as defined by the

157   applicable diocesan canons.  Lay employees are those who have not been ordained or

158   whose orders are not active in the Episcopal Church or as defined in diocesan

159   canons.

160   The Rector shall be a presbyter elected by the Vestry in accordance with

161   diocesan canons.  The Rector shall serve on a permanent basis; any

162   termination of the pastoral relationship with the church must be in accordance

163   with the provisions of the Canons of the Episcopal Church, as

164   amended.  The Rector shall at all times be entitled to the use and control of the

165   church and all church buildings with the appurtenances and furniture thereof.  St. Peter's 166   operates on a shared governance model.  Unless the Vestry decides not to act or fails to act, 167   except for decisions specifically delegated to the Rector by these By-Laws all decisions

168   affecting St. Peter's will only be made with the approval of the Rector and a majority vote of 169   the Vestry, termed "shared governance."  Shared governance shall be required for all

170    decisions not specifically delegated to the Rector, including the approval of budgets and

171    amendments thereto, the establishment and filling of all church positions, and fund raising 171    and stewardship campaigns.  

173   The Rector is in charge of the church and has full authority over, and

174   responsibility for, all matters specified in the Canons of the Episcopal

175   Church, as amended, including, but not limited to:

176                 •pastoral care;

177                 •worship and music;

178                 •congregational programs;

179                 •chairing meetings of the congregation and the Vestry;

180                 •supervising, hiring, and dismissing staff;

181                 •ensuring compliance with the requirements regarding licensed ministries

182                  as provided in the Canons of the Episcopal Church; and

183                 •decorations of the church’s property and facilities.

184   During any planned absence of the Rector it is the responsibility of the Rector to

185   arrange for coverage of the church’s regularly-scheduled services and other

186   needs for pastoral care.  The Rector shall be subject to the rubrics of the Book of

187   Common Prayer, the Constitutions and Canons of the Episcopal Church, and the

188   Diocese, the pastoral direction of the Bishop, and the laws of the State of Florida.

189   The Rector shall be, ex-officio, a member of the Vestry and have the right to vote

190   at all meetings.  The Rector, or any other member of the Vestry designated by

191   the Rector, shall preside at all meetings of the Vestry and at the Annual Meeting

192   of the church and special meetings of the church.  The Rector shall have the

193   authority to appoint committees for the development and practice of the activities

194   and ministries of the church.  The Rector may, but is not required to, delegate

195   such responsibilities as he or she sees fit to such committees.  Such delegation of

196   responsibilities shall not be understood as limiting the authority or responsibility

197   of the Rector set forth in the Bylaws.

198   In the event of a vacancy in the Rectorship of the church, it shall be the duty of

199   the Wardens to give immediate notice to the Bishop of the Diocese.  In the event

200   the church desires to call a Rector, the Vestry shall notify the Bishop and comply

201   with the requirements of the Constitutions and Canons of the Episcopal Church

202   and the Diocese of Southwest Florida.  The Vestry and the Bishop shall develop

203   a mutually acceptable plan for calling a person as Rector.

204   The requirements of the Rector and any further description of the Rector’s duties,

205   as well as agreements of compensation and other issues concerning

206   employment, shall be recorded in a Letter of Agreement between the Rector and

207   the Vestry.  A formal position description may be included or amended as a part

208   of such a Letter of Agreement. A Mutual Ministry Review will be administered annually

209   between the Vestry and Rector whenever the Vestry determines that the Rector and the 210   Vestry are not in conflict.  When the Vestry determines that a conflict exists it will choose 211   another method of reviewing the performance of the Rector.

212   The Rector may appoint one or more assistant clergy.  Assistant clergy shall

213   serve at the pleasure of the Rector, who shall be solely responsible for their

214   supervision.  and will complete and administer an annual review of all assistant

215   clergy.   The assistant clergy shall have a written agreement with the

216   church governing the relationship between the assistant clergy and the church. 

217   Any and all assistant clergy shall meet the requirement of the Constitutions and

218   Canons of the Episcopal Church and the Diocese of Southwest Florida and shall

219   have all rights and privileges enumerated to assistant clergy therein.

220   Lay employees shall serve at the pleasure of the Rector, who shall be solely

221   responsible for their supervision and will complete and administer an annual review of all 222   Lay employees.   Each lay employee shall have a written

223   agreement with the church governing the relationship between the employee and

224   the Church. 

225   Business Methods and Practices

226   The records and data of the church are documents and property of the church. 

227   They may be viewed only through an approved written request to the Rector, or

228    in the event that there is no Rector, the Senior Warden.  Outside an occasionally

229    produced Parish Directory, the mailing lists of the church shall not be sold or

230    shared with any person or organization other than the Diocese or The Protestant

231    Episcopal Church in the United States of America.  The record of all contributions

232    and gifts to the church shall be considered private and confidential.

233    Fiscal records of the church shall be audited annually by a certified public

234    accountant or an audit committee approved by the Vestry for the purposes of

235    determining whether the accounts fairly reflect the performance of the duties and

236    obligations of the church.  The committee shall be formed in compliance with

237    diocesan canons.  An annual audit report shall be filed with the Bishop no

238    later than thirty (30) days following the date of the report, but in no event later

239    than September 1 of each year.  The report shall include any memoranda issued

240    by the auditor or audit committee.   

241    All deeds, mortgages, hypothecations, assignments or other documents

242    executed on behalf of the church shall be signed by the Rector and the Senior

243    Warden.  If there is no Rector, both Senior and Junior Warden and the Secretary

244    of the church shall sign.

245    Signatories for financial accounts of the church shall be the Rector, Senior

246    Warden, Treasurer and no more than two others approved by the Vestry.

247   Suitable bonds shall be provided for all signatories and Vestry members.

248   The calendar year shall be the fiscal year of the church.

249   All officers and employees, either ordained or lay, of the church shall be

250   endemnified against claims of negligence and malpractice for acts performed in

251   good faith on behalf of the church.

252    Article Four:  Church Meetings Annual Meeting

253   An Annual Meeting shall be held yearly on the Sunday following the Feast of the

254   Confession of St. Peter (January 18).  The purpose of the meeting is to

255   communicate various reports of the church’s life, including a budget report.  The

256   Annual Meeting shall also select new Vestry members, and delegates to the

257   annual Diocesan Convention and Convocation meetings.  Other business

258   matters and reports may be addressed at the Annual Meeting as deemed

259   appropriate by the Rector. 

260   Special Meetings

261   A special meeting of the church may be called by the Rector, or in the event there

262   shall be no Rector, then by the Senior Warden, when deemed in the best

263   interests of the church.  At the request of the majority of the members of the

264   Vestry or a majority of the qualified electors of the church, the Rector shall cause

265   a special meeting to be called.

266   Notice of Meetings

267   At least 14 days prior to the scheduled Annual Meeting meeting, the Secretary

268   shall cause to be mailed to every member in good standing at his or her address

269   as it appears in the Register of this church a notice telling the time, date, and

271   place of such Annual Meeting.  Such notice shall include the names of the

272   nominees for the Vestry, and nominees for the Delegates to the Annual Diocesan

273   Convention and Convocation meetings.  Notice of a special meeting shall be

274   mailed to all qualified electors at their address as they appear in the Register at

275   least 14 days before the scheduled date set for such special meeting.  Such

276   notice shall state the reasons why such a meeting has been called, business to

277   be transacted at such meeting, and by whom such meeting is called.  No other

278   business but that specified in the notice may be transacted at any special

279   meeting.  Notice mailed in the church newsletter and/or through electronic

280   communications is sufficient wherever notice is required under these

281   Bylaws.

282   For the purpose of all voting, a quorum shall be those qualified electors present

283   at the time of the election.  A qualified elector shall be anyone who meets the

284   requirements of an adult member in good standing in Article Two of this

285   document.

286   The vote of no person shall be questioned unless his or her right to vote shall be

287   first challenged by a qualified elector.  In the event of such challenge, the right of

288   such person shall be passed upon by a committee of three, previously nominated

289   by the Rector, or in the event there shall be no Rector, then by the Senior

290   Warden and confirmed by the Vestry, and the findings of such committee shall be

291   final and binding.

292   At all meetings, voting shall be via voice or show of hands, except that for the

293   selection of the Vestry and Delegates to the Annual Diocesan Convention and

294   Convocation meetings, which shall be by ballot.  At any regular or special

295   meeting, if a majority so requires, any question may be voted upon by ballot.

296   At all votes by ballot, the Rector shall, prior to the commencement of balloting,

297   appoint at least two tellers, but no more than five, who shall count the votes and

298   report to the Rector the results of such election.  No teller shall be a candidate for

299   office or shall be personally vested in the question voted upon.

300   At all church meetings, the Canons of the Church and Robert’s Rules of Order

301   shall be observed.  In the event of a conflict between the Canons and Robert’s

302   Rules, the Canons shall prevail.

303   Elections

304   Vestry Members and delegates to the Diocesan Convention and Convocation

305   meetings shall be selected by a simple majority of all adult members of the

306   church of those present at the Annual Meeting.

307   The Nominating Committee for the new Vestry Members and for delegates to the

308   Diocesan Convention and Convocation meetings, shall consist of the three

309   retiring Vestry Members.  The qualifications of those to hold the offices of Vestry

310   Members and delegates to the Diocesan Convention and Convocation meetings

311   shall be those of an adult member in good standing for a period of one year prior

312   to the Annual Meeting with the additional qualification that the nominees shall

313   also be confirmed or received members of the Episcopal Church, and be 18

314   years of age or older. 

315   The Secretary shall cause notice of the nomination period to be published in the

316   church newsletter or other notice mailed to all members in the Registry at least

317   thirty (30) days prior to the regular November Vestry meeting.  Such notice shall

318   provide:  the positions for which nominations are being received; the

319   qualifications for each position; the method of making nominations to the

320   Nominating Committee; and, the time period during which nominations may be

321   made.  The Nominating Committee shall investigate to determine that all persons

322   nominated are qualified to hold office pursuant to these Bylaws.  The Nominating

323   Committee shall report the names of all qualified nominees properly received by

324   the Secretary of the Vestry by the time of the regular December Vestry meeting

325   immediately preceding the Annual Meeting.  The names of all qualified nominees

326   shall appear on the ballot at the Annual Meeting.  There shall be no nominations

327   from the floor of the Annual Meeting.

328   Ballots shall be provided and there shall not appear any place on any ballot

329   any mark or marking that might tend to indicate who cast the ballot. In Vestry

330   elections where more than three names have been submitted for vote, a majority

331   will determine the election.

332   In the event of a vacancy in the delegates to the Diocesan Convention and 

333   Convocation, the Vestry, with the advice of the Rector, can appoint qualified 

334   members for a term of one year.

335   Article Five:  Bylaws

336   Amending

337   These Bylaws shall be amended only after affirmative vote for an amendment

338   has been cast at two consecutive, regular meetings of the Vestry, providing that

339   at the final vote, affirmative votes are cast by at least a majority of the total

340   number of Vestry members.

341   Nothing in the Bylaws shall take precedence over National and/or Diocesan

342   Constitutions and Canons, and should conflicts be present, the Constitutions and

343   Canons of The Episcopal Church and/or the Diocese shall take precedence. 

344   Should it prove necessary to change a portion of the Bylaws in order to be

345   consistent with the Constitutions and Canons of the Episcopal Church, and/or the

346   Diocese the remainder of the Bylaws shall remain in effect.

347   Article Six:  Definitions

348   Adult Member:  In addition to the definition of Member below, an adult member is

349   sixteen years of age or older.

350   Annual Diocesan Convention:  annual meeting of the Diocese of Southwest

351   Florida as set forth in The Constitution of the Diocese of Southwest      Florida.

352   Annual Meeting:  gathering and conference of members of the parish as required

353   and defined by The Canons of the Diocese of Southwest Florida.

354   Church Buildings:  the physical structures and surrounding properties that are

355   held by St. Peter’s in trust for the Diocese of Southwest Florida.

356   Convocation:  The meeting of members of the Tampa Deanery as defined by The

357   Canons of the Diocese of Southwest Florida.

358   Confirmed Member:  a member who, after appropriate instruction, makes a

359   mature public affirmation of his or her faith and commitments to the

360   responsibilities of Baptism and is confirmed, or received by the Bishop of this

361   Church or by a Bishop of a Church in communion with this Church.  Any person

362   who is baptized in this Church as an adult and receives the laying on of hands by

363   the Bishop at Baptism is to be considered as both baptized and confirmed; also

364   any person who is baptized in this church as an adult and at some time after the

365   Baptism receives the laying on of hands by the Bishop in Reaffirmation of

366   Baptismal Vows is to be considered as both baptized and confirmed.

367   Duly enrolled or Enrolled:  being placed in the Parish Register which lists

368   pertinent information regarding membership.

369   Immediate Family Members:  Those who share the same domicile and/or are

370   financially dependent upon each other.

371   Lay Delegates to the Annual Diocesan Convention and Convocation meetings: 

372   Members of the parish elected by the congregation, or appointed by the Vestry,

373    to attend the annual Diocesan Convention meetings, deliberate on issues

374    discussed and cast votes as he or she deems appropriate.

375    Member:   defined in The Canons of the General Convention as a person who

376    has received the Sacrament of Baptism with water in the Name of the Father

377    and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, whether in this Church or in another

378    Church and whose Baptism has been duly recorded in this Church.

379    Properties of the Church:  possessions of the church including, but not limited to,

380    building structures, land, appointments of the buildings, furnishings, data, and

381    liturgical hardware.

382    Received Member:  any baptized person who has received the laying on of

383    hands at Confirmation by any Bishop in apostolic succession and later is

384    received by a Bishop of this Church.  The person is then considered as baptized

385    and confirmed.

386     Rector:  the priest in charge of St. Peter’s, as a parish, as defined by the Canons

387    of the Diocese of Southwest Florida.  The term shall include the clergy in charge,

388    as the term is used in the Canons of the Diocese.

389    Regular in Worship: for the purposes of these Bylaws and administrative

390    practices of St. Peter’s, being regular in worship is attending at least three

391    corporate worship services in a year.

392    Regularity in Attendance:  for the purposes of the Bylaws, the definition is the

393    same as “Regular in Worship” above.

394    Stated Contribution of Record:  for the purposes of the Bylaws, defined as an

395    annual contribution made to the ministry and welfare of St. Peter’s, paid regularly

396    and faithfully.

397    Vestry:  the congregational council and Board of Directors of this parish, as

398    defined by the Canons of the Diocese of Southwest Florida.

399    Wardens:  The Senior and Junior Wardens of St. Peter’s.

 

 

By-Laws Change and Amendment Log

NOTE: All changes below this line will render the from verbiage & to verbiage associated with any subsequent change to the By-Laws of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church.

Edited, Changed and amended July 15, 2014 as noted below:

(Note:  line numbers are those of current bylaws.  Edits, changes and amendments will likely change the numbering and will be adjust accordingly.  The numbering of lines is not considered a part of the integrity of the bylaws.)

8       United States of America (“the Episcopal Church) and of The Episcopal Church

to: 

8       United States of America (“the Episcopal Church”) and of The Episcopal Church

 

79     The selection of Officers shall be take place at the first meeting of the Vestry after

to:

79     The selection of Officers shall take place at the first meeting of the Vestry after

 

206   by the auditor of audit committee.

to:

206   by the auditor or audit committee.

 

160   The Rector shall be, ex-officio, a member of the Vestry and has the right to vote

to:

160   The Rector shall be, ex-officio, a member of the Vestry and have the right to vote

 

166   such responsibilities as he or she see fit to such committees.  Such delegation of

to:

166   such responsibilities as he or she sees fit to such committees.  Such delegation of

 

135   diocesan Canon VI.  Lay employees are those who have not been ordained or

136   whose orders are not active in the Episcopal Church or as defined in diocesan

137   Canon VI.

138   The Rector shall be a presbyter elected by the Vestry in accordance with

139   diocesan Canon VI.  The Rector shall serve on a permanent basis; any

140   termination of the pastoral relationship with the church must be in accordance

141   with the provisions of Title II of the Canons of the Episcopal Church, as

142   amended.  The Rector shall at all times be entitled to the use and control of the

143   church and all church buildings with the appurtenances and furniture thereof. 

144   The Rector is in charge of the church and has full authority over, and

145   responsibility for, all matters specified in Title II of the Canons of the Episcopal

146   Church, as amended, including, but not limited to:

to:  

135   applicable diocesan canons.  Lay employees are those who have not been ordained or

136   whose orders are not active in the Episcopal Church or as defined in diocesan

137   canons.

138   The Rector shall be a presbyter elected by the Vestry in accordance with

139   diocesan canons.  The Rector shall serve on a permanent basis; any

140   termination of the pastoral relationship with the church must be in accordance

141   with the provisions of the Canons of the Episcopal Church, as

142   amended.  The Rector shall at all times be entitled to the use and control of the

143   church and all church buildings with the appurtenances and furniture thereof. 

144   The Rector is in charge of the church and has full authority over, and

145   responsibility for, all matters specified in the Canons of the Episcopal

146   Church, as amended, including, but not limited to:

 

202   obligations of the church.  The committee shall be formed in compliance with

203   diocesan Canon XIV.  An annual audit report shall be filed with the Bishop no

to:

202   obligations of the church.  The committee shall be formed in compliance with

203   diocesan canons.  An annual audit report shall be filed with the Bishop no

 

284   requirements for each position; the method of making nominations to the

to:

284   qualifications for each position; the method of making nominations to the

 

 

Amendments

In the event of a vacancy in the delegates to the Diocesan Convention and Convocation, the Vestry, with the advice of the Rector, can appoint qualified members for a term of one year.

A retiring Senior Warden may assume the office of Warden of Advice upon the request of the Rector and advice of the rising Senior Warden.  This office shall last a term of one year and will assure seat at all Vestry meetings during the term.  There will be no vote allowed to the Warden of Advice.  Consequently, the seat will not affect the declaration of a quorum nor of the results of a vote.  

 

The office of Junior Warden may be shared, but by no more than two members of the Vestry.

September 20, 2016 changed:
218   Signatories for financial accounts of the church shall be the Rector, Senior
219   Warden, Junior Warden, Secretary and Treasurer.
to:
218   Signatories for financial accounts of the church shall be the Rector, Senior
219   Warden, Treasurer and no more than two others approved by the Vestry.

 

 

12/10/2018: Inclusion of Future Perfect within Bylaws

FROM:

6       The purpose of the church is the support of the public worship of Almighty God,

7       according to the faith and discipline of The Protestant Episcopal Church in the

8       United States of America (“the Episcopal Church”) and of The Episcopal Church

9       in the Diocese of Southwest Florida, Incorporated (“the Diocese”, or “the Diocese

10     of Southwest Florida”). 

TO:

6       The purpose of the church is the support of the public worship of Almighty God,

7       according to the faith and discipline of The Protestant Episcopal Church in the

8       United States of America (“the Episcopal Church”) and of The Episcopal Church

9       in the Diocese of Southwest Florida, Incorporated (“the Diocese”, or “the Diocese

10     of Southwest Florida”); As detailed within St. Peter's Mission/Vision statement known as "Future Perfect", which will be updated regularly and used to evaluate the Parish but will not be considered a part of these By-Laws.

 

12/10/2018: The practice of recording Vestry meeting minutes other than respecting “Executive Session”.

FROM:

99     the church.  The Secretary shall ensure that the minutes of the Vestry’s

100    proceedings are taken and reported, attest to public acts of the Vestry, preserve

101    all records and papers belonging to the church, perform such other duties as

102   shall be legally assigned, and faithfully deliver into the hands of a successor all

103   books and documents of the church that may be in the Secretary’s possession. 

TO:

99     the church.  The Secretary shall ensure that the minutes of the Vestry’s

100    proceedings are taken and reported; up to and including the electronic recording of non-executive sessions at the Secretary's option, which recording shall be destroyed when the written minutes related to a recording are approved unless the Vestry determines by a majority vote to retain them. The Secretary will also attest to public acts of the Vestry, preserve

101    all records and papers belonging to the church, perform such other duties as

102   shall be legally assigned, and faithfully deliver into the hands of a successor all

103   books and documents of the church that may be in the Secretary’s possession. 

 

 

12/10/2018 – The Rector will be responsible for evaluating their direct reports (Assistant Clergy).

FROM:

187   The Rector may appoint one or more assistant clergy.  Assistant clergy shall

188   serve at the pleasure of the Rector, who shall be responsible for their

189   supervision.  The assistant clergy shall have a written agreement with the

190   church governing the relationship between the assistant clergy and the church. 

TO:

187   The Rector may appoint one or more assistant clergy.  Assistant clergy shall

188   serve at the pleasure of the Rector, who shall be solely responsible for their

189   supervision.  and will complete and administer an annual review of all assistant clergy.   The assistant clergy shall have a written agreement with the

190   church governing the relationship between the assistant clergy and the church. 

 

12/10/2018 – The Rector will be responsible for evaluating their direct reports (Director of Music Ministry, Nursery, Office).

FROM:

194   Lay employees shall serve at the pleasure of the Rector, who shall be

195   responsible for their supervision.   Each lay employee shall have a written

196   agreement with the church governing the relationship between the employee and

197   the Church. 

TO:

194   Lay employees shall serve at the pleasure of the Rector, who shall be solely

195   responsible for their supervision and will complete and administer an annual review of all Lay employees.   Each lay employee shall have a written

196   agreement with the church governing the relationship between the employee and

197   the Church. 

 

12/10/2018: Adjust Bylaws to incorporate shared governance; with ultimate decision making authority defaulting to Rector.

FROM:

150   church and all church buildings with the appurtenances and furniture thereof. 

151   The Rector is in charge of the church and has full authority over, and

152   responsibility for, all matters specified in the Canons of the Episcopal

153   Church, as amended, including, but not limited to:

TO:

150   church and all church buildings with the appurtenances and furniture thereof. St. Peter's operates on a shared governance model.  Unless the Vestry decides not to act or fails to act, except for decisions specifically delegated to the Rector by these By-Laws all decisions affecting St. Peter's will only be made with the approval of the Rector and a majority vote of the Vestry, termed "shared governance."  Shared governance shall be required for all decisions not specifically delegated to the Rector, including the approval of budgets and amendments thereto, the establishment and filling of all church positions, and fund raising and stewardship campaigns.  

151   The Rector is in charge of the church and has full authority over, and

152   responsibility for, all matters specified in the Canons of the Episcopal

153   Church, as amended, including, but not limited to:

 

12/10/2018: Clarification that the mutual ministry review would be used whenever the parish is considered “Not to be in conflict”.

FROM:

186   of such a Letter of Agreement.

187   The Rector may appoint one or more assistant clergy.  Assistant clergy shall

TO:

186   of such a Letter of Agreement. A Mutual Ministry Review will be administered annually between the Vestry and Rector whenever the Vestry determines that the Rector and the Vestry are not in conflict.  When the Vestry determines that a conflict exists it will choose another method of reviewing the performance of the Rector.

187   The Rector may appoint one or more assistant clergy.  Assistant clergy shall

 

3/19/2019: Electronic voting

FROM:

139   done by proxy. At all meetings of the Vestry, these Bylaws, the Canons of the

 

TO:

139   done by proxy.  Should the need arise for the Vestry to vote on a motion outside of scheduled regular monthly meetings, the Rector and/or Senior Warden may facilitate a vote via email.  The presented motion requiring electronic vote shall be emailed to all members of the Vestry.  All members of the Vestry must reply in favor or opposed to the Facilitator and the Clerk only.  If any member of the Vestry requires the vote to be delayed, the vote will be delayed until the next regularly scheduled Vestry meeting.  A response from all Vestry members is required if all responses are not collected, the facilitator may contact Vestry members to collect all votes.  The approved or denied proposal shall be added to the next regularly scheduled vestry meeting as a review to be reviewed within the Agenda and Minutes. At all meetings of the Vestry, these Bylaws, the Canons of the

3/19/2019: Two Junior Wardens

FROM:

97     maintenance and insuring of all real and personal property held by the church.

98    The office of Junior Warden may be shared, but by no more than two members of the 

99    Vestry.

100  The Vestry shall select a Secretary who need not be a member of the Vestry or

 

TO:

97     maintenance and insuring of all real and personal property held by the church. The Vestry shall select a Secretary who need not be a member of the Vestry or

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