St. Stephen and the Incarnation Episcopal Church has developed a model of ministry and leadership in which service is provided by lay people and clergy, paid people and volunteers—a model that reflects “the priesthood of all believers.”
Our lay leaders are our Vestry and Wardens, who are elected by the congregation. Our clergy are a team and are led by our Senior Priest, elected by the Vestry with the consent of the Bishop, and other priests, who make their livings in other ways. Primary leadership of the congregation is shared by the Senior Priest, the Senior Warden, and the Parish Director of Operations, under the continuing oversight of the Bishop. This is a different model from most Episcopal churches, where a priest with the title of Rector holds almost all authority.