Cathedral Chapter Meeting Report

April 10, 2018

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

The Cathedral Chapter met on Tuesday evening, Apr. 10, 2018, and there was an extended discussion around the subject of stewardship, in the context of which the Chapter received an update on 2018 pledges.

To date, there are 158 pledges totaling $541,629, which puts us slightly ahead last year at this time of year, but $65,000 short of our 2018 goal of $606,346. The average pledge is $3,426. There are 25 members who pledged in 2017 but not yet in 2018, and about 20 who are giving regularly but have not yet pledged. The Cathedral Chapter decided this was of such significance that it should form a year-round, permanent Stewardship Committee to oversee this area of work, and it is intended that this will be set up before the summer.

The Cathedral Chapter was excited to learn about recent developments in the life of St. James, including the finalizing of the appointment of Anna Broadbent to join us as a curate in June, the plans for this year’s Summer in the City program, the forthcoming concert by St. Paul’s Cathedral Choristers, and the growing reputation of the cathedral’s music ministry, led by Director of Music Stephen Buzard and our new Missioner for Music and Liturgy Dent Davidson.

The Chapter also decided to offer a permanent appointment to Alison Barrington to be Director of Children’s Ministries, following her highly successful work with the Sunday School and Chorister programs on an interim basis. This will continue as a part-time appointment, but Chapter was delighted and excited at the many signs of growth happening around our work with young people.

The Dean reported that he had volunteers in place to lead a capital campaign committee and that he would be working with the Chapter to have this in place before the summer break so that work on a campaign can begin in earnest in the fall.