The Vergers' Guild of the Episcopal Church offers a comprehensive training course, "A Course of Training for a Verger" as a self-study course for learning and developing the roles and responsibilities of the verger in your congregation. The course has been fully updated and revised for 2015.
By design, this course is NOT primarily a “reading” course but is rather a “working” course. The course is self-study taken in conjunction with your clergy. Your Rector, Vicar, or Priest-in-Charge serves as your primary mentor throughout the course. This responsibility may be delegated by your priest to another individual. Your Rector, Vicar, or Priest-in-Charge recommends your enrollment in the course and will certify that you have successfully completed the course.
A verger can be a fully qualified verger without going through the VGEC training course. The course supplements local tradition and the learning experiences that are part of your congregational life. The course gives the participants the opportunity to develop the responsibilities of the individual and to maximize your service in your congregation.
Through this course of study, you will explore such areas as your building and congregation history, liturgy, vestments (clergy, lay, and verger), virges and beadles, aspects of the history and ministry of the verger.
The process of going through this training course generally requires a minimum of nine months to complete. The more you put into the course, the more you will get out of it. Some individuals have taken years to complete the course. That is fine. You should take the time you need to get the most from your study.
When you complete the course, you will become a "Fellow of the Vergers Guild" and you are provided with a certified course certificate of completion. You will also be able to purchase a beautiful "Fellow's Virge" from the Vergers Guild Shop. Go to vergers.org/training/fellow and see the growing list of current Fellows of the the VGEC.
The first step in course is to become a member of the VGEC. In order to process your purchase of the training course the system requires that you have an active membership account with the VGEC. You may be a paid member of the VGEC or you may join as a free trial member. Go to vergers.org/join/member for more information about joining the VGEC.
Next, purchase the training course from either the Guild Shop at shop.vergers.org or during the membership renewal process at membership.vergers.org. The cost of course is $65 and covers all course materials and the administration of the course. The course is delivered via email in PDF format.
Once you receive your password protected (VGEC membership system password) PDF of the training course you are set to go. Purchasing the course gets you the course, actual enrollment in the training course is done by a enrollment form on page 10 of the course.
The course includes:
• All course materials in PDF format
• Processing of course work.
• A “Certificate of Completion” suitable for framing with a wax seal of the VGEC.
• Upon completion of the course the ability to purchase the "Fellow's Virge" from the Guild Shop at shop.vergers.org.
The deadline for submission of completed courses is the first day of July in order to be recognized at the current year's Annual Conference in late September or early October.
Click on the image below to preview a sample of the course including the complete Table of Contents.
Please contact Duke DuTeil, Training Advisor, at [email protected] if you have any questions or comments about the Training Course.