Appointments, Duties & Responsibilities
The wardens are responsible for convening annual and other general meetings of parishioners with the minister – see Convening a general meeting of parishioners.
The financial responsibilities of wardens are set out in rules 3.7 to 3.10 of Schedule 1 and rules 3.6 to 3.9 of Schedule 2 of the Parish Administration Ordinance 2008. They are –
The property responsibilities of wardens are set out in rules 3.11 to 3.12 of Schedule 1 and rules 3.10 to 3.11 of Schedule 2 of the Parish Administration Ordinance 2008. They are –
In a parish with more than one church, the responsibilities of the wardens of the principal church also include –
In a parish which is administered as a whole, these additional responsibilities are already exercised by the wardens of the parish.
The wardens of the principal or only church of a parish or the wardens of the parish may, with the concurrence of the minister, appoint and remove paid parish workers.
However since the minister is responsible for the spiritual welfare of the parish, the wardens' appointment of a lay minister or student minister is for administrative purposes only. The minister retains control of the duties performed by such a person.
A warden who is a family member of a paid worker must not take part in any decision concerning the appointment, removal or performance review of such person.
Ideally, the decision-making process will include all three wardens acting unanimously. If one warden is unable to be consulted, or does not agree with the others on a particular issue, a decision may still be made by the remaining two wardens.
Although the wardens are responsible for various functions, they can arrange for other persons to perform some of these functions on their behalf. In particular, if one of the wardens is not prepared to act as treasurer, they may appoint another person to act as treasurer with the approval of the minister. The wardens' ability to delegate the performance of some of their responsibilities to others is important, particularly in larger churches.
The contents of this document are for general information only. No person should rely on the contents of this document without first obtaining advice from a qualified professional person. Neither the Anglican Church Diocese of Sydney nor any organisation thereof is responsible for the results of any action taken on the basis of the contents of this document, nor for any error in or omission from this document.
Current as at 1 March 2010
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