Document Library

This page provides a central point for links to nearly all the administrative resources clergy, vestries, bishop’s committees, church administrators, and church leaders should need. Check here for the latest Constitution and Canons of the Episcopal Church and The Diocese of West Missouri. You will find the business manual and diocesan policies and procedures for a variety of topics along with required forms and instructions. The resources on this page also support the work of pastoral leaders with updated directives concerning worship and pastoral care.

Note: You can press Ctrl f to search within this page.

Church business

Samples for Bylaws and Articles of Incorporation

Clergy – continuing education

Other documents


Annual Convention

Clergy available for supply

  • Clergy Available for Supply. A roster of priests and deacons available for supply, organized by the deaneries they are available to serve in.

Commission on Ministry

Constitution and Canons

Canonical structure

Pastoral Directions


Business & General

Liturgical Directives



Photo & video release and licenses

Prayer Cycle

501(c) and tax exemption documents

To ensure that copies of these documents are only made available to people with a genuine need to access them, copies will only be provided upon request.

Please contact the Finance Administrator to obtain copies. In the Finance Administrator’s absence, please contact the Bishop’s Executive Assistant.

Human Resources

Hiring & Staff


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




Misconduct prevention


General Church


If you spot any broken links, please let me know at so we can fix them — thank you.


What the icons mean

  • Link to PDF file. The link may go directly to the pdf file. However, we are slowly updating all PDF links to go to a page showing an embedded version of the file’s contents.
  • Link to a diocesan webpage, which may include links to downloadable PDF or MS Word files.
  • 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.


  • 05-16-2023. Confirmation, Reception, and Reaffirmation Policy updated and converted to a page from PDF.
  • 04-13-2023. Eucharistic Minister Guidelines and Requirements converted to page from PDF.
  • 03-15-2023. Updated Ordination Process page published.
  • 03-10-2023. Discernement Handbook temporarily removed. Ordination process page temporarily unavailable. Both are underview and will be updated. Discernment timeline page link added.
  • 02-09-2023. Page name changed to Document Library to more clearly identify the page content.
  • 02-09-2023. Lay Licenses Application forms updated, and all forms converted to download from a webpage. Lay license application Information Release Form added.
  • 01-24-2023. Intake Officer poster entry updated to refer to a webpage. Intake Officer link and Anti-racism training link added to the HR section. Constitution and Canons entry updated to refer to a webpage.
  • 01-23-2023. Stewardship Commission Survey form link removed.
  • 11-28-2022. Safe Church, Safe Communities and associated documents have been added to the HR section of this page.
  • 11-21-2022. Parochial Financial Audits policy PDF converted to a webpage. Missing ‘entry-type’ icons added.
  • 07-11-2022. Mentoring Guidelines added to the Lay Licensed Ministry section. Software updates section removed (It is no longer relevant to this page).
  • 07-01-2022. Link to the Accountable Business Expense Policy updated.
  • 06-30-2022. Forms relating to area confirmations removed as we are no longer holding area confimations. Also, please note that another expense reimbursement form has been issued to account for an increase in the federal mileage rate increase from July 1, 2022.
  • 03-22-2022. Letter from CPG regarding the mandatory lay pension removed from the HR section.
  • 02-16-2022. Clergy available for supply entry updated to clarify that the list includes both priests and deacons.
  • 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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