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Licensed Lay Ministers

Licensed Lay Ministers

The Bishop will license a lay person at the request of the priest in charge. In order to be considered ...
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Church Information Form

Church Information Form

The Church Information Form lets the bishop and diocesan leaders know who to communicate with about important events, forms and resources ...
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Clergy Position, Salary & Life Changes

Clergy Position, Salary & Life Changes

Clergy are required to file a variety of forms with the CPG whenever a change occurs that impacts your pension ...
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Church Membership & Transfers

Church Membership & Transfers

Membership Membership in the Episcopal Church is simply through the Sacrament of Holy Baptism. If you have not been Baptized, ...
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License to Officiate

License to Officiate

Canon III. 7. a: No Priest shall preach, minister the Sacraments, or hold any public service, within the limits of any ...
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Reporting Misconduct

Reporting Misconduct

Reporting an Incident of Misconduct To report an incident of misconduct by a lay volunteer or church employee in a parish, in ...
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Safe Church Training

Safe Church

The Episcopal Church and the Diocese of Rhode Island recognize the potential for harm when a priest, lay employee or volunteer ...
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Committees and Commissions

Committees and Commissions

Click here for descriptions of committees and commissions of this Diocese of Rhode Island ...
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Audit information for congregations

Audit information for congregations

Each congregation’s annual audit must be submitted to the diocesan Finance Office each year by SEPTEMBER 1. Here are the ...
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Fiduciary Responsibility Checklist

Fiduciary Responsibility Checklist

This checklist itemizes the practices that the Vestry or Bishop’s Committee of a church are responsible for overseeing to ensure ...
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Warning: Email and text message scams targeting church members by impersonating clergy

Warning: Email and text message scams targeting ch...

If you receive an email that appears to be from the Bishop, or your clergy person, asking you to take ...
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Diocesan Constitution and Canons 2016

Diocesan Constitution and Canons 2016

The diocesan constitution and canons as approved in Diocesan Convention in November 2016 are downloadable here: 2016 Diocesan Constitution and ...
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Workshop materials from Leadership Institute on March 23, 2019

Workshop materials from Leadership Institute on Ma...

A 'Parish Legacy Society' as Planned Giving How to create and nurture a Legacy Society, honoring those who name your ...
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How2charist videos and discussion guide

How2charist videos and discussion guide

An instructed Eucharist in digital format, available 24/7. All of the How2charist videos for viewing on our diocesan video portal ...
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Substitute/Supply Organists

Substitute/Supply Organists

If you need an organist the Rhode Island American Guild of Organists website maintains a list of musicians you can ...
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Document retention guidelines for parish records

Here are two sources for information on what records your congregation needs to keep and for how long. The  Manual ...
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Diocesan Trust Fund (DIT)

Diocesan Trust Fund (DIT)

The Diocesan Investment Trust (the 'DIT') is an investment trust fund that is managed by US Trust and overseen by a ...
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Parochial Reports

Parochial Reports

Each year our churches are required to file their annual Parochial Report forms with both the national church and with the Diocesan offices ...
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Clergy Compensation and Benefits

Clergy Compensation and Benefits

Each fall the Diocesan Council approves the Clergy Salary and Benefits Minimum Requirements for the coming year. Congregations are required ...
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How do we publicize our parish's events to a larger audience?

How do we publicize our parish’s events to a...

The best way to publicize your parish’s events is in your local community. Develop relationships with the community-news editors of ...
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Manual of Business Methods in Church Affairs

Manual of Business Methods in Church Affairs

The format and design of this manual should assist you in fulfilling the responsibilities for the financial oversight of a ...
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By-laws

By-laws

By-Laws are developed by each congregation and approved by the Standing Committee. This TEMPLATE is offered as a starting point in developing your ...
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Faith and Leadership

Faith and Leadership

Faith & Leadership is a website that provides a host of resources designed to "create lasting change by strengthening the ...
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Permission for Remarriage

Permission for Remarriage

The bishop must give permission for remarriage when either or both parties have been married or in a civil union that ...
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Ordination as a Priest

Ordination as a Priest

Derived from the Greek presbyteros, "elder, or "old man, " the term is used as a synonym for presbyter. Presbyters constituted ...
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Ordination as a Deacon

Ordination as a Deacon

Deacons are members of one of three distinct orders of ordained ministry (with bishops and presbyters). In the Episcopal Church ...
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Lay Employee Pension Plan

Lay Employee Pension Plan

All lay employees of the diocese or any congregation that work more than 1000 hours in a year receive pension ...
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Planning for Retirement

Planning for Retirement

The Church Pension Fund provides ample resources to help you plan for your retirement. Begin by visiting their website: www.cpg.org ...
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Leadership Institute

Leadership Institute

The Leadership Institute is an annual, one-day event for congregational leaders offered each spring.  It seeks to equip wardens, treasurers, bishop's committee/vestry  ...
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