156th Diocesan Convention 2021

156th Diocesan Convention 2021

Nominations

Annual nominations to our governing bodies is now open. We have also prepared an overview of the nomination process and governing bodies below.

Nomination Process Overview

  1. In the summer before the annual Diocesan Convention, the Nominating Committee and the entire diocese are seeking people to be nominated to our governing bodies. Names can be submitted through our website using the form above or directly to a Committee member.
  2. The Nominating Committee confirms the nominations with each potential nominee and ensures there are enough candidates to fill the slate for the year.
  3. In early fall, confirmed nominees are asked to submit their biographical information to the Director of Communications for inclusion in the pre-convention journal, which will aid deputies in their voting decisions.
  4. At Convention, the nominations are voted on by all the canonically resident clergy and lay representatives (i.e. lay deputies) of each congregation.

Overview of Service on Governing Bodies

Standing Committee

  • Elections - Two open seats: one clergy and one lay, elected at Convention.
  • Role Summary - Article IX of the Constitution and Canons defines the role. The Standing Committee serves as the council of advice to the Bishop, and in the absence of the bishop holds The Ecclesiastical Authority of the diocese.
  • Gift Set - exemplary and lengthy service within a local Anglican parish; an understanding of and appreciation for Anglican polity; gospel centered and biblically based lifestyle; excels as a member of a team.
  • Commitment - Standing Committee meets three times per week while we are without a Bishop. Once the new bishop is consecrated, the meeting schedule will be adjusted. Clergy will become president; laity will become secretary in the final year of the term. This is a four-year term.

Diocesan Council

  • Elections - Council representatives are elected at the annual district caucus, “normally two lay and one ordained.” District Caucuses are to be held in advance of Convention.
  • Role Summary - Article IX of the Constitution and Canon VI defines the role. Diocesan Council “give(s) general oversight to the work, mission, budget and human resources of the Diocese.” Also, it “shall act on behalf of the Convention when the Convention is not in session.”
  • Gift Set - service within a local Anglican parish; a basic understanding of and appreciation for Anglican polity; gospel centered and biblically based lifestyle; experience in budgeting, human resource management, policy creation or oversight is preferred but not required.
  • Commitment - Council must hold at least four regular meetings each year. Beginning in 2021, Diocesan Council meets bi-monthly on the second Tuesday of the month. Council members are elected for a three-year term.

Board of Trustees

  • Elections - Up to four open seats: all lay, some elected at Convention, some appointed by districts, some appointed by Bishop.
  • Role Summary - Article X of the Constitution and Canons defines the role. The powers and duties of said Board so incorporated shall be to collect, receive, hold, manage, and properly dispose of all property or restricted funds that is conveyed or transferred to the Diocese. These funds’ purpose is the benefit of any Congregations, bodies, or associations in the diocese. The Board of Trustees does not oversee the operating budget of the diocese.
  • Gift Set - A background in finances; a careful and frugal appreciation for detail; appreciative of the balance between caution and courage when considering matters of finance.
  • Commitment - Board of Trustees typically meets quarterly for 90 minutes. Sub-committees meet in-between the quarterly meetings. This is a three-year term serving for a maximum of two consecutive terms.

Committee on Constitution and Canons

  • Elections - Two open seats: one clergy and one lay, elected at Convention.
  • Role Summary - Canon XII of the Constitution and Canons defines the role. The Committee prepares amendments to the Constitution and Canons for the annual Convention to consider and vote on.
  • Gift Set - Service within a local Anglican parish; prior participation in diocesan conventions; an intermediate understanding of and appreciation for Anglican polity; a careful attention to detail.
  • Commitment - The Committee meets as needed and set by the Chairman. This is a three-year term, for up to two consecutive terms.

Array

  • Elections - Three open seats: two clergy and one lay, elected at Convention.
  • Role Summary - Canon XXII of the Constitution and Canons defines the role. If any charges are brought against any member of the Clergy of the Diocese, the Array shall serve as the “ecclesiastical trial court.”
  • Gift Set - A deep biblical, pastoral, and canonical awareness and integration; impartiality; a balanced temperament.
  • Commitment - The array meets as needed. This is a three-year term serving for a maximum of two consecutive terms.

Provincial Council

  • Elections - Six open seats: one clergy and two lay, with one alternate clergy and two alternate lay. Elected at Convention.
  • Role Summary - Canon I Section 3 of the Constitutions and Canons define the role. This consists of 120-140 members throughout the ACNA Province. The Provincial Council approves the Province's budget, elects members to the Executive Committee, and recommends to the Assembly changes to the canons.
  • Gift Set - Prior service on a Diocesan level; a proven track-record of godly, gracious, and fruitful service within an Anglican parish; excels as a member of a team.
  • Commitment - Delegates meet annually (travel is usually involved) and are elected for a five-year term.