Clergy

This is a collection of documents and resources for clergy from the Office of the Bishop. The Clergy Transitions site has information on clergy deployment and vacancies within the diocese.

In March 2022, the Diocesan Council, upon recommendation of the diocesan Personnel Commission, froze congregation grades at 2022 levels through at least the end of 2023. Congregational grades for 2023...
Este es el calendario de compensación del clero parroquial de 2023 aprobado en la convención. Este documento describe la compensación del clero según el grado congregacional al precio a hora. Haz clic...
This is the 2023 Parochial Clergy compensation schedule passed at convention. This document outlines clergy compensation based on congregational grade at an hourly rate. Click here for the Spanish...
Este es el calendario de compensación del clero parroquial de 2023 aprobado en la convención. Este documento describe la compensación del clero según el grado congregacional. Haz clic aquí para la...
This is the 2023 Parochial Clergy compensation schedule passed at convention. This document outlines clergy compensation based on congregational grade. Click here for the Spanish version.
Un rito para la celebración y bendición de una santa unión (Opción 1). Haga clic aquí para la versión en inglés.
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Guidelines for reopening Diocesan House due to Covid-19
Immunization Policies adopted by Diocesan Council, June 24, 2021
Covid-19 Vaccination Policies adopted by Diocesan Council, June 24, 2021
An orientation guide for clergy in the Diocese of Olympia, with links to resources.
Este es un documento de recursos para el proceso de transición del clero. Para apoyar mejor a las congregaciones en transición, la Oficina del Obispo se complace en ofrecer tanto una guía escrita de...
This is the draft schedule for the Clergy Retreat May 2nd -May 5th. Schedule is subject to change.
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...
This is a resource document for the clergy transition process. To better support congregations in transition, the Office of the Bishop is pleased to offer both a written Transition Clergy Resource...
Report on the results of the clergy wellness survey for 2020
Dear Clergy Colleagues and Lay Leaders in the Diocese of Olympia, We have all been in conversations about how to record, assess, and track virtual attendance at our worship services during this time...
Here are the basic steps for approval if you wish to officiate at a wedding in the Diocese of Olympia and are not licensed or canonically resident. Requests should be made at least 60 days prior to...
This is the document for liturgical resources for marriage that was presented to the 79th General Convention in 2018. It includes liturgies, guidelines, and recommendations for use in same-sex wedding...
To: The Most Reverend Melissa Skelton, Bishop Provisional In accordance with the national canons: Canon III, 7b states: “Deacons shall report annually to the Bishop or the Bishop’s designee on their...
The supply clergy compensation rates for 2024 are as follows: Sunday/primary liturgy* with preaching: One liturgy $311.27; additional consecutive liturgies $70.84 each. ​ Sunday/primary liturgy*...
The following documents are available for preparation of a Bishop's Visitation in the Diocese of Olympia. Please note that the Planning Form, Readings, and Letters should be sent to the Office of the...
A checklist of items necessary for a successful Visitation by the Bishop.
This form is to be used as the planning form for an upcoming bishop's visitation. The document below can be used if need be. It must be downloaded, completed, and returned to the Office of the Bishop...
Current List of Supply Clergy. See PDF Roster linked below. If you are a canonically resident or licensed clergy who is available for supply, and is not currently on the list, please submit this form...
Annual report for accounting of diaconal/priestly activity during a calendar year can be found HERE .
Policies for those working with children or youth
Guidelines for counseling centers connected to congregations.
Many Vestries and Bishop's Committees ask for help on procedures for counting and handling money that protects the congregation, its leadership and finance ministry persons when it comes to handling...
The roles of the rector and the vestry.
This is a sample document to assist congregations in reviewing and/or establishing bylaws. The congregation's chancellor should be consulted as part of the process of amending or establishing bylaws.
This is a document that may be used after the election of the new members of the Vestry or Bishop's Committee as new members are commissioned to serve in their elected position. It is generally signed...
This document is a sample of a Vestry/BC Covenant signed by all members of the Vestry or Bishop's Committee at the first meeting after election of new members to the Vestry/BC. It establishes the...
A suggested list of the types of policies and procedures that a vestry might have or want to have for their congregations.
A checklist for duties of the vestry or Bishop's Committee person of the month
Monthly schedule sample for Vestries and Bishop's Committees
A sample for a mission and vision statement.
Worksheet for discerning a congregations God-given Core Passions
Description and Ideas for the Letter to the Bishops During Bishop visitations, we quite often have the great honor and privilege of Confirming, Receiving, and presiding over the Reaffirmation of...
ALL REMARRIAGE PETITIONS MUST BE RECEIVED BY THE OFFICE OF THE BISHOP AT LEAST 60 DAYS PRIOR TO THE PROPOSED WEDDING DATE. Remarriage petitions should be written by the presiding priest, not the...
Marriage Celebration Agreement, provided by the Rev. Kathleen Kingslight
The Celebration and Blessing of a Covenant Relationship (Option 2)
A Rite for the Celebration and Blessing of a Holy Union (Option 1) Click here for the Spanish version.
I Will Bless You, formerly known as A049 as passed at General Convention 2012
Policy on Same Sex Blessings in the Diocese of Olympia
Bishop's January 18, 2013 pastoral letter on same sex blessings
Policy on clergy discretionary accounts from the “Manual of Business Methods in Churches”. This is the policy that fits the national canon.
A document addressing the function and role of the deacon in the Eucharist and various other special liturgies.
Report for retired and non parochial clergy listing services that have officiating at during the year
Bishop's Visitation Form for Confirmands and Receptions. This will be sent by the Office of the Bishop to the churches after a visit by the bishop. If it is not received shortly after the visitation...
A sample letter of agreement between a deacon, the bishop and the assigned church.
A list of recommendations and clarifications by The Church Insurance Agency Corporation (CIAC) in regards to pastoral counseling. Updated June, 2009.
These guidelines are for use by the requesting mission and the reviewing committee appointed by the Office of the Bishop
A document on how to discuss clergy compensation with the vestry or bishop's committee and wardens.
Diocesan policy regarding email, internet and social media use by church employees. This is now incorporated in the document Archives and Records Management .
Also known as the Clergy Handbook, Manual for Clergy in the Diocese, revised March, 2021.
The visitation customary is designed to help plan for the visit of the Bishops.
Expectations for clergy who serve or wish to serve in the Diocese of Olympia, Updated May, 2012.
This is a checklist for clergy with regards to appropriate use of church property.