Background Checks: Background checks will be conducted on all clergy. Churches are strongly encouraged to conduct background checks of their employees and volunteers in order to verify the absence of any current or past Sexual Misconduct allegations, criminal record, professional misconduct or paraphiliac behavior.
Churches are responsible for running their own background checks on non-clergy employees, volunteers, etc. We recommend Oxford Documents or Praesidium. It’s a background check that’s includes criminal (national, state AND local), sexual predator, SSN trace, and a reference check. If the job requires driving for anything (ex: errands), a driving check is required. If the job requires dealing with or handling money, a credit check is required. Please work with either Oxford Documents or Praesidium to set up your account for conducting background checks. Please contact The Rev. Cn. Sandy Graham with any questions regarding background checks.
Vestry Resource Guide - Available from the Episcopal Church Foundation and recommended for every vestry and Bishop's Committee member. Topics covered include leading a community of faith, origins of conflict, stewardship, and navigating transitions in clergy leadership.
Insurance, Medical - Medical insurance coverage is required of all employees working 20 or more hours per week.
Medical Premium 2020-2021 - Medical Premium rates will take effect Sept. 1, 2020. Plan changes – i.e., among the PPP, HPH, and Dental HMO to/from PPP (can only be done during open enrollment which ended June 15, 2020). Benefit Plan Comparisons are included in this letter.
Also check the "Contracts for Construction and Repair" (above) and "Leases" (below) sections for insurance information as it relates to them.
Risk Management and Insurance Basics - Do you need Directors' & Officers' Liability Insurance? What is excess or umbrella liability insurance? Learn about risk management and insurance basics from this document published by Church Insurance Agency.
License Agreement Template - The legal agreement to be used when allowing use of church property on a non-exclusive, regular, on-going basis. Click here for instructions
Template for Lease - Please contact Rae Costa or call 536-7776, ext. 326 for this template.
Rental Agreement - The standard rental agreement form from the Hawai‘i Association of Realtors.
Legacy Society:Ho`ike Ulu Legacy Society (brochure) - Have you remembered an Episcopal ministry (church, program, etc) in your estate plan? If so, you are a member of the Diocese's Ho'ike Ulu Legacy Society. Learn more about Planning Giving.
Legal - Legal documents for the Episcopal Church in Hawai'i (TECH), which is the legal, corporate name of the Diocese.
Declaration of Intention for Marriage - In the Diocese of Hawai'i, all couples are expected to complete and sign the Declaration of Intention form. When either or both of those entering into marriage have gone through a divorce, the clergyperson submits a copy of this form to Bishop Fitzpatrick, along with the Request to Officiate at and Bless a Marriage (below) and other documenting paperwork.
Request to Officiate at and Bless a Marriage - If one or both of those being married have been divorced, this form is to be completed by the clergyperson who will perform the ceremony. Submit it with a copy of the signed Declaration of Intention for Marriage (above) and other documenting paperwork.
"The Celebration and Blessing of a Marriage", page 423 from the Book of Common Prayer - rite may be used at officiating clergyperson's discretion
Diocesan Customary - A memo from the Bishop regarding the Rites and Liturgies, Holy Baptism and Holy Communion, the authorized Lectionary, and meetings that could be scheduled during the Visitation.
Application - Waiolaihui‘ia (“Gathering of the Waters”) is our Diocese’s local formation program for those seeking ordination as a Vocational Deacon or Priest. Learn more about this program on the Waiolaihui'ia webpage.