Policies for Ministry

The Episcopal Church in Colorado has developed policies to provide directions to various ministries. A policy is based on the legal framework of the area in which it is relevant, and hence in most cases, it is legally binding. Policies play a crucial role in the performance of those who carry out our ministry, both clergy and lay, and are developed under the auspices of the Office of the Bishop. The policies established by the Episcopal Church in Colorado provide the basic framework for effective and efficient ministry within State and Federal law, as well as Church Canons, and without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability, or political affiliation.

Written policies can prevent chaos, confusion, and legal problems. Policies provide less  chance that the administrator or executive director will make an illogical, irrational, or  possibly even an illegal decision. Such decisions may disrupt ministry, employee relations, and  workplace harmony, and, potentially, run afoul of government and agency regulations.  A policy is a definite course or method of action to guide and determine present and  future decisions. Policies are usually based upon accepted, well-defined norms/standards  of practice. Norms/standards are needed to establish consistency; expectations and  patterns for practice. Norms/standards articulate what is done, who is served, and  what services and resources are needed. In addition, standards provide a benchmark  for quality measurement and improvement.

It is the expectation of the Episcopal Church in Colorado that all policies will be followed to the best of the ability for each leader and ministry. Exceptions to any policy, or portion of a policy, will only be granted by the Bishop in consultation with the Standing Committee. No exceptions will be granted if any laws would be broken by such an exception.

If you wish to make a comment or suggestion, please contact the Canon to the Ordinary at the Office of the Bishop at 303.837.1173.

Requests for Assistance from the Chancellor for the Episcopal Church in Colorado

Policy on Church Insurance for the Episcopal Church in Colorado


The Episcopal Church in Colorado Constitution & Canons

Constitution & Canons for the Episcopal Church

Clergy Disciplinary Process / Title IV Information

To learn about the Clergy Disciplinary Policy under Title IV in the Canons of the Episcopal Church, Click Here.

Policy and Definition of Sexual Misconduct

Model Policy for Ministry with Children and Youth

The Episcopal Church in Colorado has developed a set of policies for parish ministry with children or youth.  The Bishop and Standing Committee have mandated that every parish must adopt and implement these policies.  If you have questions regarding these, please contact the Faith Formation Office at Faith@EpiscopalColorado.org.

Follow the links below to download the policies or the supplemental (a document with many recommended forms).

Word Document
Supplements (Word Document)

Communications Policies

Congregation or Ministry Communications Policy

Photo and Video Media Policy

Permission for Remarriage

Title I, Canon 19 of the Constitution and Canons of the Episcopal Church provides provision for divorced persons to remarry in the Episcopal Church.  Couples must complete an application and return it to the Office of the Bishop. Remarriage Applications must be completed at least 60 days prior to the Remarriage date.  Please send all Remarriage Applications to the Executive Assistant to the Canon to the Ordinary, 1300 N. Washington St., Denver, CO 80203.  Include the words “Remarriage Application” on the outside of the envelope. If sending via email, please send to Dianne@EpiscopalColorado.org. For more information about this process, please contact the Canon to the Ordinary, at 303.837.1173.

Download the Application for Remarriage

Sabbatical Policy

General Policies Regarding Clergy Sabbaticals – From the Commission on Ministry


Clergy licensed to officiate policies

Diocesan Institutions

Application to the Standing Committee for board members appointments

Compensation and Health Insurance Policies