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Diocesan Convention is a time to gather for worship, enjoy fellowship and meet for diocesan business. The role of the Convention is to elect members of bodies that oversee the functioning of the diocese as well as to provide direction for those bodies.
The Convention is an assembly of delegates of two types:
- Lay delegates elected by their congregation with the number determined by average Sunday attendance;
- Clergy delegates being 'canonically resident' (under authority of the bishop, may include those who live outside the diocese).
Congregations and Delegates
Delegates are the link between a congregation and the diocese, a responsibility that entails more than attending convention. Delegates take initiative and discuss convention business with church members prior to attending convention. Every congregation is asked to pray for their delegates and the convention during Sunday services.