Alcohol Use Policies
Including the Diocesan Alcohol Use Policy and a template to use as a guide in creating a parish alcohol use policy.
Each congregation in union with our Diocesan Convention contributes to our annual diocesan budget in support of our common mission and ministry. The attached document provides more information and the formula for calculating the upcoming year’s assessment.
Bishops’ Visitation Guide for Children
This booklet provides information and fun activities for children, for use with bishops’ visitations.
Business Practices Resources
Guidelines and resource documents prepared by the diocese’s congregational consultants regarding business practices.
Clergy Licensing Guidelines
In accordance with Episcopal Church canons, the Diocese of Massachusetts requires that all deacons (transitional or vocational) and priests wishing to officiate in this diocese must be licensed.
The licensing guidelines document is currently being revised. Please direct any questions to David Ames in the Office of the Bishop Suffragan at firstname.lastname@example.org or 617-482-4826, ext. 445.
Compensation & Benefits Resources for Congregations
Guidelines and resource documents provided by the diocesan Committee on Compensation and Benefits.
Constitution and Canons of the Diocese of Massachusetts
The canons (church laws) under which the Diocese of Massachusetts operates.
Digital Communication and Social Media Guidelines
This document provides guidance to clergy and congregational leadership in their use of digital/electronic technology and social media.
Flu Season Precautions
Basic guidelines for congregations regarding precautions to take during flu season.
Guide for Parishes in Transition
A guide to help congregations through the process of transition in clergy leadership.
Guide to Acquisition, Sale & Encumbrance of Church Real Estate
This guide provides guidance, instructions and checklists related to the process for obtaining diocesan approval from the bishop and Standing Committee for transactions involving church real estate, such as purchases and sales of rectories and consecrated grounds, significant leases and loans secured by a lien on church property.
Guidelines for Deacons
Policies and guidelines for the pastoral and liturgical ministry of deacons in the Diocese of Massachusetts.
Guidelines for Delegates to Diocesan Convention
This document provides a brief summary of the role and responsibilities of Diocesan Convention delegates, with excerpts from the Constitution and Canons.
Investment Policy Statement
This investment policy statement presents guidance for the financial management of the investment funds of the Diocese of Massachusetts in a way that upholds the values, beliefs and mission of the diocese. Stewardship of financial resources calls for balance, thoughtful deliberation and choices between competing alternative paths for carrying out the mission work of financial management. This document is intended to ensure that the ensuing process and outcome will faithfully serve the people and the congregations of the diocese and the wider world.
Leadership Reporting Forms
These Leadership Reports and Lay Delegate Certification Forms are distributed annually to collect updated church, clergy and lay leadership contact information. Congregations are asked to send updated information requested in the forms and return them to the Office of Convention and Council within 10 days of their annual meeting as required by diocesan canons and no later than March 29. Questions may be directed to Chelsea Smith, Assistant for Governance and Administration, at email@example.com or 617-482-4826, ext. 406.
Letters of Agreement
These Covenants of Ministry (Letters of Agreement), for use by congregations with newly called/appointed clergy, are customizable models that contain recommended provisions to strengthen the clergy-congregation relationship and clarify practical arrangements.
MeToo Resource Material
Safe Church Policies
The Diocese of Massachusetts has adopted two Safe Church Policies designed to foster healthy and sustainable ministry with vulnerable people–one for children and youth, and one for vulnerable adults. The purpose of these policies is to create safe and welcoming space for minors, elders and people with disabilities and those engaged in ministry with them. As stated in the policies, congregations are required to adopt safe church policies for children and youth and for vulnerable adults. The diocese is providing model policies for congregations' review and adoption.
Spring Learning Event Resources
Presentation and hand-out documents from the March 2018 "Brave Conversations" Spring Learning Event at the Cathedral Church of St. Paul in Boston.
Vitality, Viability and Mutuality
A set of recommendations to the bishops and the Diocesan Council for how parishes can develop and grow.
- Vitality: a lively and active participation in mission
- Viability: stable and strong development and administration of finances and property
- Mutuality: the emphasis on the interdependence of the Diocese and its parishes