Vestries, Bishop’s Committees and other lay leaders undertake important administrative responsibilities in West Missouri’s churches. Look here for the latest Constitution and Canons of the Episcopal Church and The Diocese of West Missouri. Find the business manual and diocesan policies and procedures for a variety of topics along with required forms and instructions. Resources on this page support the work of pastoral leaders with updated directives concerning worship and pastoral care.

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Church business

Samples for Bylaws and Articles of Incorporation

Clergy – continuing education

Other documents

Clergy available for supply

Constitution and Canons

Canonical structure

Pastoral Directions


Business & General

Liturgical Directives



Photo & video release and licenses

Prayer Cycle

Human Resources

Hiring & Staff

Safeguarding and Misconduct Prevention

“Updates Coming Soon” … in the interim, contact for online enrollment.

Lay Licensed Ministries


Guidelines and requirements

Application forms

Lay Licensed Ministry certificates

These files require a password to open them. Need the password? Contact at

Background Request Forms can be found in the HR section


See also the Liturgical Directives section in the Diocesan Tab, above. For information on the ordination process visit this page.




Misconduct prevention


General Church


Broken links

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What the icons mean

  • Link to PDF file. The link may go directly to the pdf file. However, we are updating all PDF links to go to a page showing an embedded version of the file’s contents.
  • Link to a diocesan webpage.
  • Link to an external website. External links may also look like this.
  • Link to a form that can be completed online.
  • Link to video content. The content may be a diocesan video, or an external video. The wording should provide the context.
  • Link to a file that can be downloaded. Typically (but not always), these will be Microsoft Word documents. You may need the latest version of Microsoft Word to be able to use these files.
  • Link to an image file to be downloaded.

Site updates

  • Software update

    New features in the latest release of WordPress have allowed us to retire a commercial (paid for) software plugin. As a consequence, all the announcements carrousels and update lists have been updated. All Annual Convention nominee and resolution pages have been updated. The Diocesan Council and Standing Committee pages have been updated.

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  • New Page — Church Stewardship Resources

    This new page provides resources to consider as you contemplate your annual giving program.

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  • Marriage and Remarriage section of the Diocesan Policies updated

    We have reorganized the previously combined Marriages and Remarriages section into two separate sections. The Policy was converted from a PDF to a web page, and the forms have been relocated

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  • Documents Page updated

    After a couple of months of testing the Documents Page has been reverted back to its former long scrolling format. With the more compact layout, it wasn’t possible to provide links direct to sub-sections. After considering solutions for a while, and looking at other options, We’ve reverted the page back to the previous layout. To help you get to the right section we’ve added a table of contents.

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  • Lay & Clergy Continuing Education, and Online Form Updates

    We’ve just updated the continuing education information, and updated several inter-related forms (and a few others) to standardize how forms are delivered going forward.

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Page updates

Minor updates not mentioned above.

  • 09-06-2021. A broken link has been fixed, and descriptive text has been added to the Living into our Ministries text.
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