Community Rules

An Episcopal Manual

Ian S. Markham and Kathryn Glover

Jan/2019, 128 Pages, PAPER, 5 x 7

ISBN-13: 9781640651074

• Practical guide to church community life

Taking the approach of Michael Pollan's Food Rules, Community Rules seeks to distill the basics of "good church" into a set of memorable rules. Working with three sections, the authors draw on their years of combined experience in academic and church administration to identify the basic Christian principles that underpin Episcopal community and then apply them to actions and relationships. The book seeks to explicate the best personnel practices, as well as good governance and communal life together, alongside a framing within the Christian worldview. The goal is to provide a text that can serve as a guide for any and all members of a parish, most especially those who serve on vestries or as volunteers.

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Audience: Rectors, vestries, wardens, church and school administrators, seminarians

Ian S. Markham, is Dean and President of Virginia Theological Seminary. He has held positions at institutions of higher learning in both the United States and the United Kingdom, including the University of Exeter, from which he received his doctoral degree. He also holds a Master of Letters in Philosophy and Ethics from the University of Cambridge and a Bachelor of Divinity in Theology from the University of London. Markham serves as priest associate at St. Paul’s Church in Alexandria, Virginia, and is married to Lesley Markham; they have one son, Luke.

Kathryn Glover, is Vice President for administration and institutional effectiveness at Virginia Theological Seminary. With oversight for human resources, strategic planning, governance, hospitality and childcare, Glover has extensive experience in nonprofit management and administration in both the United States and abroad. Glover earned a magna cum laude bachelor’s degree from Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts, and a Master of Public Administration within nonprofit management from George Mason University.

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  • Vestries
  • Wardens
  • Episcopal Community

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