The Vestry-Session is the principal governing body of the Indian Hill Church and, together with the clergy, makes decisions on church policy and activities. It is composed of 18 members – nine Presbyterian members of the Session and nine Episcopalian members of the Vestry. Members are elected by the congregation at the annual meeting in January to serve staggered three-year terms and may be reelected for a second consecutive three-year term.
Members of the Vestry elect a Senior and Junior Warden annually, and members of the Session elect a Clerk and an Assistant Clerk annually. These four individuals make up the Advisory Committee, which meets monthly with both clergy and prepares the agenda for each month’s Vestry-Session meeting.
It is the responsibility of the Vestry-Session to set the annual budget for the church, to receive and respond to reports and recommendations of the various committees of the church, and to call congregational meetings. Meetings of the Vestry-Session normally are held monthly, presided over by the Episcopal rector and Presbyterian minister in alternate months. All Vestry-Session meetings are open to members of the Indian Hill Church, except when circumstances indicate the wisdom of a closed or executive session.