Community Rules

An Episcopal Manual

Ian S. Markham and Kathryn Glover

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

ISBN-13: 9781640651074

A 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

DR. IAN S. MARKHAM is the Dean and President of Virginia Theological Seminary and a Professor of Theology and Ethics. He is the author of numerous books including Against Atheism and An Introduction to Ministry (co-written with Oran Warder). His awards include the Robertson Fellow; Claggett Fellow attached to Washington National Cathedral; Frank Woods Fellow at Trinity College, Melbourne; and F. D. Maurice Lectures at King’s College, London.

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.


 Section I: Basic Christian Rules

 Section II: Basic Christian Rules in Relationship 

 Section III: Basic Christian Rules in Communication 

 Section IV: Basic Christian Rules in Action 

 Section V: Basic Christian Rules in Meetings 

 Section VI: Basic Christian Rules for Clergy and Employees 

 Section VII: Basic Christian Rules for Vestries 

 Section VIII: Basic Christian Rules for Parishioners 

 Section IX: Remember the Basics

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  • Vestries
  • Wardens
  • Episcopal Community

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