Praise for The Rector, the Vestry, and the Bishop


Anglican Compass is excited to announce our publication of The Rector, the Vestry, and the Bishop by the Rev. Canon David Roseberry, now available in paperback and on Kindle. It is a second, significantly expanded edition of his book The Rector and the Vestry. The first edition has been used for teaching, training, and orientation in hundreds of congregations and several seminaries. This expanded new second edition clearly explains the bishop’s role and relationship to parish leadership. This book is an essential and comprehensive guide for its unique audience: rectors, vestry members, and bishops.

The Rector, the Vestry, and the Bishop is already getting widespread acclaim from rectors, vestry members, and bishops throughout the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA). Below are some words of praise for this great resource from Canon Roseberry.


Praise for The Rector the Vestry, and the Bishop

The Most Rev. Dr. Foley Beach, Archbishop and Primate of the Anglican Church in North America:

In Anglicanism, the relationship, distinct roles, and common vision between the vestry, the rector, and the bishop are crucial. Roseberry has created a thoughtful and practical guide for church leaders as they serve the Lord and God’s people. Understanding what he has shared will not only limit potential conflict but will empower strong partnerships so that the Gospel mission can go forth in clarity and purpose.

The Right Rev. Dr. Bill Atwood, Dean for International Affairs and Bishop of The International Diocese, Anglican Church in North America:

Canon Roseberry took an already substantial book and made it even better with additional material. The imagery and explanations about the way the bishop relates with Parish leadership are extremely helpful. Anyone entering into leadership in the Anglican Church or desiring a refresher on vestry service would benefit greatly from this fine new edition!

The Venerable Michael J. McKinnon, Church of the Advent, Southern Pines, NC:

Having planted a new church in the past year, the insights written in this book are enabling our small but growing congregation, and especially our leadership, to be formed and nurtured in the beauty and best of our Anglican tradition.

The Rev. Dr. Jed Roseberry, Rector, Restoration Anglican Church, Richardson, TX:

As a former rector, David Roseberry’s book, The Rector, the Vestry, and the Bishop, offers invaluable guidance for leading a congregation within the Anglican tradition. Though the scriptures and Christ’s teachings in the Gospels show Christians the path, few resources address the practicalities of shepherding God’s flock day-to-day within an Anglican context. Based on his experience and coaching, Roseberry provides an essential roadmap, delineating the roles and relationships between the rector, vestry, and bishop. Any ordained leader hoping to nurture their congregation while cooperating with church leadership effectively will find this book a trove of insights and practical wisdom. This is essential reading for anyone seeking to walk in Christ’s footsteps while guiding others.

The Rev. Christopher M. Klukas, Rector, St. Andrew’s Anglican Church, Lewis Center, OH:

The first edition of this book has been an enormous help to me in my work with two different vestries, and this new edition will prove to be even more valuable. There are many vestry members and rectors who don’t really understand their unique roles in Anglican polity, and this book helps to fill in the gaps. David brings his practical wisdom from his years of experience and presents it in a way that is applicable to all sizes of Anglican congregations. I would highly recommend buying a copy for every member of your vestry!

The Right Rev. Keith Andrews, Bishop, Diocese of Western Anglicans, Anglican Church in North America:

In The Rector, the Vestry, and the Bishop, David Roseberry provides church leaders with a thoughtful and practical guide for understanding roles within Anglican polity. This expanded new edition does a wonderful job of clearly explaining the bishop’s role and relationship to parish leadership. I highly recommend this book as an essential resource for vestries, rectors, and bishops who want to work together effectively for God’s mission.

Praise for The Rector and the Vestry (previous edition, 2020)

The Rev. John Wallace, Rector, Apostles-By-the-Sea, Santa Rosa Beach, FL:

This book is now required reading for all new members of the Vestry at Apostles-by-the-Sea. And I know I’ll be referring to it often in the years ahead as our Church continues to grow!

Mike and Amber W.:

I wish I had this book when I first joined our vestry, I would have been more prepared. Rev. Canon David Roseberry gives excellent advice on the roles of the vestry and of the rector. In his introduction he says he wrote this book to “assist and empower every vestry and rector to be unified, effective, and focused,” and I believe he accomplished that with this book. His chapters on financial concerns and best practices are very helpful. It should be a “must read” book for anyone wanting to serve on a vestry!

Meghan Wilson:

A wealth of information for rectors as well as new vestry members.

The Right Rev. Kevin Allen, Bishop of Cascadia, Anglican Church in North America:

Well done! Canon Roseberry’s choice of using creative metaphors and anecdotes while avoiding institutional jargon made the culture, concepts, and practice of our ACNA parish ministry very accessible and applicable. For our day, with so many new to Anglicanism and parochial leadership, his book is far more useful than the Alban Institute material I have taught with over the years. I will be seeing that every congregation leader in our diocese receives a copy (and budget the same for the wardens in the coming year).

The Rev. Nathan Hale:

Loved the clarity and practicality of this book. Canon Roseberry draws on the best of other manuals and offers his own helpful advice. The chapters on the role of the rector and the wardens are absolute gold and a must for onboarding new vestry members.

Dode Worsham:

I especially appreciate the historical perspective of Anglican polity. I am fairly new to Anglicanism, and The Rector and the Vestry provided great information related to the role and function of the vestry.

The Rev. Rob Patterson:

I helped start an Anglican church seven years ago and, boy, would this book have been helpful! Canon Roseberry has provided much-needed help for vestries that are learning how to lead an Anglican church well. Even though our parish has learned a lot through trial and error, we’re using The Rector and the Vestry to rethink our vestry role description and best practices as a governing board. Thanks, Canon Roseberry!

Purchase the paperback and Kindle editions now, exclusively on Amazon.

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December 20, 2023


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