Canon to the Ordinary

The Canon to the Ordinary works with clergy in transition and oversees the transition processes with congregations. The Canon manages the Commission and Committees related to congregation grant processes, development and strategy. The Canon coordinates the Training and Consulting Services team who provide leadership development and facilitation as well as coordinating the Leadership Skills Institute.  This department also provides resources for Letters of Mutual Ministry and ministry review and manages the background checks for clergy and diocesan lay professional employees and works with diocesan case manager with issues of misconduct and its prevention.

Policy for alcohol and alcoholic beverages at church functions

Recommendations and clarifications by The Church Insurance Agency Corporation (CIAC) in regards to pastoral counseling

Request for an updated clergy background check.

Policy on clergy discretionary accounts

Clergy Handbook for the Diocese

Document to assist congregations in reviewing and/or establishing bylaws.

A short summary of the duties and responsibilities for a senior and junior warden of a chuch. The information is from the Vestry Resource Guide, revised by Nancy Davidge, editor, and Susan Elliott, writer —A Project of The Episcopal Church Foundation (

Expectations for clergy who serve or wish to serve in the Diocese of Olympia

The process and procedures put into place on a complaint of sexual misconduct

Background checks are required for paid employees and those who work regularly with youth or children at congregations. An updated background check should be conducted every five years.

This is the 2022 Parochial Clergy compensation schedule passed at convention. This document outlines clergy compensation based on congregational grade.

Issued January 2, 2019

A printable PDF version of Bishop Rickel's Pastoral Letter on the Suspension of the Statute of Limitations for Clergy Sexual Misconduct. The letter can be accessed in English and Spanish.


Guidelines for counseling centers connected to congregations.

Este es un documento de recursos para el proceso de transición del clero.