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 Rev. Canon Ruth Woodliff-Stanley at Ruth@EpiscopalColorado.org.
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.
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).
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 Reverend Canon Ruth Woodliff-Stanley, Canon to the Ordinary, at Ruth@EpiscopalColorado.org.
General Policies Regarding Clergy Sabbaticals – From the Commission on Ministry