Vancouver School of Theology

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Governing Policies

Vancouver School of Theology is governed by a Board of Governors whose members are appointed by the School’s supporting denominations. Although members are drawn predominantly from the Vancouver area, there are also representatives from Vancouver Island, the Interior of British Columbia and Alberta. The Board meets six times a year.

Board Members

The Act of Incorporation states that the Board of Governors shall consist of the chancellor, the principal and no fewer than twelve appointed governors. The United Church of Canada and the Anglican Church of Canada each appoint four members and there are two representatives appointed by the Board of St. Andrew’s Hall, on behalf of the Presbyterian Church in Canada. . (The Board of VST in turn appoints two representatives to the Board of SAH.) An additional two members-at-large are appointed by the Board. Governors are appointed for a term not exceeding 3 years and are eligible for reappointment but may not serve for more than 9 consecutive years as members of the Board of Governors.

Board Members

Board Policy Manual

The provincial statute which incorporated Vancouver School of Theology states that “the Board shall have full power and authority to determine the manner of governance and operation of the School.” In 2006 the Board decided to carry out its work on the basis of a modified “Policy Governance” approach which is sometimes referred to as the “Carver” model. The Board, therefore, concerns itself with policies while the actual “day to day” management of the School is the responsibility of the Principal who adheres to those policies.

Table of Contents

ENDS Policies

1.1  PDF Vision – Mission – Values
1.2  PDF Goals – Strategic Plan
1.3  PDF Ownership & Constituency
1.4  PDF Engaging with the Constituency


2.1  PDF General Restraint
2.2  PDF Communication & Support to Board
2.3  PDF Personnel
2.4  PDF Volunteers & Beneficiaries
2.5  PDF Budgeting
2.6  PDF Financial Condition
2.7  PDF Protection of Assets
2.8  PDF Conflict of Interest
2.9  PDF Vendor & Supplier Relations
2.10  PDF Emergency Succession
2.11  PDF Correspondence
2.12  PDF Principal’s Report
2.13  PDF Board Member Expenses & VST Expense Report
2.14  PDF Board Member Educational Benefit


3.1  PDF Board – Principal Relationship
3.2  PDF Appointment of Principal
3.3  PDF Role & Duties of the Principal
3.4  PDF Principal Monitoring & Evaluation
3.5  PDF Principal’s Terms & Conditions
3.6  PDF Recruitment & Termination of P’pal

PROCESS Policies

4.1  PDF Board Governance Style
4.2  PDF Board Constitution & Terms
4.3  PDF Board Job Description
4.4  PDF Board Member’s Code of Conduct
4.5  PDF Board Disciplines & Practices
4.6  PDF Diversity & Decision-Making
4.7  PDF Role & Duties of the Chancellor
4.8  PDF Role of the Chair
4.8  PDF Role of the Vice-Chair
4.9  PDF Appeals to the Board
4.10  PDF Board Committees
4.11  PDF Audit & Finance Committee
4.12  PDF Nominations & Governance C’tee
4.13  PDF Vision & Strategy Committee
4.14  PDF Principal Appraisal Committee
4.15  PDF Agenda Planning
4.16  PDF Perpetual Calendar
4.17  PDF Resources for Governance
4.18  PDF Board Evaluation

DOCUMENTS Practices + Procedures

5.1  PDF Statute – VST Act
5.2  PDF Duties and Functions of a Policy Governance Board
5.5  PDF Signposts for our Life Together
5.6  PDF Board Self-Evaluation Tool
5.7  PDF Policy Governance Approach at VST
5.8  PDF Joint Working Group (VST/SAH)
5.10  PDF Principal Evaluation Tools
5.13   Professional Portfolio Manager Policies – Available on Request