Finance, Administration and Legal

COVID-19 re-entry plan, PPP/loan documents, employee policies, Constitution & Canons, budget/business documents, and more resources.

Updated April 30, 2021: All counties within the Diocese of El Camino Real have now been moved to Orange Tier (moderate risk), and with the new status comes more flexibility in worship. The new COVID-19 protocols include the following:

Church Protocols

  • In-person worship may be held outdoors with a maximum of 100 people present (including worship leaders), or indoors with a maximum present at 25% of capacity properly socially distances and masked (including worship leaders) (This is more restrictive than the state guidelines for this tier.)
  • All must wear face coverings and maintain physical distancing protocols.
  • Make hand sanitizer available in several places.
  • No use of hymnals or prayer books. Bulletin should be available for one use and to take home.
  • A no-touch recycling receptacle for disposal of bulletins must be made available.
  • No open Coffee Hour or fellowship with exchanging of food may be offered at any church function, especially following funerals, baptisms, etc.
  • Maintain online worship and education for those unable to attend.
  • Be prepared to roll back when cases increase.

The complete list of worship protocols are available to view and download. Please get vaccinated! To view the latest status of your county, visit the California COVID-19 website.

Updated April 29: The Paycheck Protection Program reopened January 11 for new and existing PPP borrowers. Updated PPP guidance outlining program changes was released Jan. 6 in accordance with the Economic Aid to Hard-Hit Small Businesses, Non-Profits and Venues Act.

Please review the following documents and email the Rev. David Starr, interim parish resource, for questions.

Employee Retention Credit under CARES legislation

Recent COVID relief legislation expands the tax credits available for employers, including non-profits, for relief from certain payroll taxes, including an employer’s share of Social Security taxes on wages paid in 2020 and 2021. Looking at the program’s requirements, however, it appears that it will be difficult for a parish to qualify for this relief, particularly if it received a PPP loan. We have nevertheless posted information here if your parish wishes to investigate the ERC’s benefits and requirements.

The newest guidance on PPP and Employee Retention Credit is available here.

Legislation was signed into law by President Biden on March 30 which extends the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) application period to May 31, 2021. More information is available here.

Vestry & Treasurer’s Training Slides

Below are presentation slides from the workshops for vestry members, treasurers, and church leaders across the Diocese of El Camino Real, held during March 2021.

Legal & Governance

Constitution and Canons

The Constitution and Canons are the written rules governing diocesan policy, structure and procedure. They must be in conformance with the Constitution and Canons of the national church.

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Discipline Claims

Title IV of The Episcopal Church canons details the grounds and process for ecclesiastical discipline. It encourages accountability, justice, reconciliation, restoration and pastoral responses. You can read Title IV in the most recent edition of The Constitution and Canons of The Episcopal Church beginning on page 131 and learn more about the disciplinary process on the Understanding Title IV website.

Concerns about inappropriate behavior by a clergy of the Diocese of El Camino Real should be directed to our Clergy Disciplinary Intake Officer, The Rev. Maly Hughes.

Sample Letters of Agreement

Cover Letter from Diocesan Deployment Officer – PDF

Letter of Agreement – Rector

Letter of Agreement – Vicar

Letter of Agreement – Interim Pastor

Letter of Agreement – Deacon

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