The Vestry of an Episcopal Church is a board of directors for the the parish church. It owns the worldly goods of the church, holding them in trust for the members of the church. It is responsible for raising money to sustain the church, clergy, and it’s work and is also responsible for deciding how that money will be spent. Since the congregation is headed by a priest in charge, it is subject to pretty fair degree of control from the bishop of the diocese. The Vestry’s ministry is to take care of the church’s temporal things. The challenge is to discover the spiritual underpinnings of such worldly work. Vestry members are generally thought of as leaders in their congregation, yet the work they are called to do comprises the least glamorous and most back breaking tasks that have to be performed for a congregation — the jobs no one else want to do, the problems no one else wants to tackle.