Constitutions and Canons

CONSTITUTION AND CANONS
The Missionary Diocese of CANA West
The Convocation of Anglicans in North America
The Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) and The Anglican Church in North America

CONSTITUTION
Preamble
In the Name of God, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, Amen. The Missionary Diocese of CANA West (the Diocese) is composed of Anglicans
united by a common faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and a commitment to the trustworthiness of the Holy Scriptures. As Anglicans, we believe and
confess Jesus Christ to be the only Way, the Truth, and the Life, and that no one comes to the Father but by Him.


Article I
Fundamental Declarations of the Diocese
The Diocese hereby adopts, receives, and affirms the Global Anglican Future Conference (GAFCON) Statement and the Jerusalem Declaration issued
June 29, 2008; we acknowledge the authority and powers of the Protocol signed between the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) (CoN) and the
Anglican Church in North America (the Province) issued on July 24, 2010; and we acknowledge the Fundamental Declarations of the Province as set
forth in Article I of the Provincial Constitution.


Article II
Order, Governance, and Discipline
The Diocese is a diocese of the Convocation of Anglicans in North America (sometimes CANA), and the Province, and is composed of Congregations,
Missions, and clergy, united by a Bishop. The order, governance, and discipline of the Diocese shall be vested in the Bishop as the Ecclesiastical
Authority, the Standing Committee, the Synod, and the Ecclesiastical Trial Court of the Diocese in conformity with this Constitution.


Article III
Authority, Composition, and Operation of the Synod
Section 1. Authority
The Synod, as the legislative body of the Diocese, shall have authority to adopt Canons, and approve resolutions and take any other specific action for
the conduct of the affairs of the Diocese.


Section 2. Composition
A. The Synod shall be composed of the Clerical Order and the Lay Order.
B. The Clerical Order shall be composed of Clergy Delegates comprising the Bishop or Bishops and all of the Presbyters and Deacons under
the authority and license of the Bishop.
C. The Lay Order shall be composed of the Lay Delegates elected by the Congregations and Missions as defined by Canon.
D. Each member of the Clerical Order and Lay Order shall have voice and vote.

Section 3. Meetings
There shall be an Annual Meeting of the Synod. As provided by Canon, the Synod may also hold Special Meetings. The Lay Delegates shall serve only
for the Annual Meeting of the Synod for which they are elected and for any Special Meetings held prior to the next Annual Meeting, unless other
delegates are chosen specifically for any Special Meeting.

Section 4. Quorum for the Transaction of Synod Business
In order to constitute a quorum for the transaction of business at any Synod meeting, a majority of the Delegates of the diocese must be present and
delegates representing one half of the Congregations and Missions must be present.

Section 5. Presiding Officer of the Synod
The Bishop shall be the Presiding Officer and shall preside at all meetings of the Synod unless he assigns the role of Presiding Officer to a member of
the Synod. In the Bishop’s absence, the Standing Committee shall assign the role of Presiding Officer to a member of the Synod.

Section 6. Voting
The Synod shall deliberate and vote as one body and, a majority of those voting shall be necessary for a decision. However, a vote by Orders shall be
held for any other purpose as may be called for by this Constitution and for such other purposes as may be authorized by Canon.

Article IV
Office of the Bishop
Section 1. Nomination and Election
Upon the need for a Bishop (including without limitation a Bishop Coadjutor or a Bishop Suffragan), the Standing Committee shall appoint a
Committee on Nominations for Bishop made up of Clergy and Laity. A special Synod shall be called for the purpose of nominating a suitable candidate
to the Missionary Bishop of the Convocation of Anglicans in North America who will then forward a single name to the Anglican Church in North
America’s College of Bishops who, after hearing testimony of faith and call to the office, will be given opportunity to declare their consent to the nomination. The Missionary Bishop of the Convocation of Anglicans in North America will then forward the name of the candidate to the Primate of all Nigeria for submission to the Nigerian House of Bishops for election.

Section 2. Vacancy, Incapacitated or Impermissible Absence of the Bishop
If the position of Bishop becomes vacant, or if the Standing Committee should determine upon careful deliberation that the Bishop is incapacitated or
otherwise prevented from performing the duties of his office, the Standing Committee will advise in writing the Missionary Bishop of the Convocation
of Anglicans in North America who may provide for episcopal oversight of the Diocese.

Article V
The Standing Committee
There shall be a Standing Committee of the Diocese that shall perform those duties required by the Constitution and Canons of the Province and of the Diocese. The Standing Committee shall be comprised of the Bishop, the Chancellor, clergy and laity elected by the Synod or appointed by the Bishop as provided by Canon.


Article VI
The Officers of the Diocese
In addition to the Bishop, or Bishops, the Officers of the Diocese shall be the Chancellor, the Secretary, the Treasurer, and the Registrar, and such other
Officers (including officers by Preferment) as may by Canon be established. The selection and duties of the Officers of the Diocese shall be prescribed
by Canon.
Article VII
Ecclesiastical Trial Court
Section 1. Ecclesiastical Trial Court Established
There shall be an Ecclesiastical Trial Court of the Diocese for the application of Church discipline in accordance with the Constitution and Canons and
to resolve such other disputes and controversies which may by Canon or request of the Bishop be submitted to it.
Section 2. Jurisdiction, Composition, Terms of Office, and Procedures
The jurisdiction, composition, terms of office, and procedures of the Ecclesiastical Trial Court shall be established by Canon.


Article VIII
Concerning Property

Section 1. Of the Diocese
All property, both real and personal, owned by the Diocese now and in the future is and shall be owned by the Diocese, and shall not be subject to any
trust interest in favor of the Convocation of Anglicans in North America, the Province, the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), or any other
Province of the Anglican Communion, or any other claim of ownership arising out of constitutional or canonical law.

Section 2. Of Congregations and Missions
All property, both real and personal, owned or held by or on behalf of a Congregation or Mission of the Diocese is and shall be owned by the
Congregation or Mission, free of any trust interest or other claim in favor of the Diocese, the Convocation of Anglicans in North America, the Province,
the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), or any other Province of the Anglican Communion, or any other claim of ownership arising out of
constitutional or canonical law.


Article IX
Incorporation
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The Diocese may incorporate in accordance with the laws of the State where any of its Congregations or Missions is located. The Bishop shall be the President of the corporation and the Standing Committee its Board of Directors. Operation of the corporation shall be as provided by Canon and applicable State and Federal law.


Article X
Affiliation and Membership
The Diocese shall be affiliated with the Province and a member of the Convocation of Anglicans in North America. Congregations of the Diocese shall be those Congregations that are members of the Diocese as defined by Canon. Missions of the Diocese shall be those Congregations that are affiliated with the Diocese as defined by Canon. The Congregations and Missions whose representatives participate in the Synod that adopts this Constitution shall be the founding members of the Diocese. Memberships and affiliations between the Diocese and other ecclesiastical organizations shall be voluntary and based on the mutual willingness of both to establish and maintain such membership or affiliation. All memberships and affiliations shall be formed, maintained, or terminated under such terms as may be set forth by Canon.


Article XI
Adoption and Amendment

Section 1 Adoption
This constitution shall be adopted and become effective upon its approval by a majority vote of the delegates at the inaugural Meeting of the Synod of the Diocese held in August of 2013.

Section 2 Amendment
No amendment to this Constitution may be adopted until it has been reviewed by the Bishop and by a Committee on Constitution and Canons established according to Canon for the review of proposed amendments to the Constitution, and their recommendations given to the Standing Committee for final recommendation to the Synod. This Constitution may be amended by a majority vote at any Annual Meeting of the Synod or any

Special Meeting called for purpose of amending the Constitution.
Canons

Title I
Organization and Administration of the Diocese

Canon 1
Order, Governance, and Discipline of the Diocese
The order and governance of, and discipline within, the Diocese shall be vested in the Bishop, the Standing Committee, the Synod, and the Ecclesiastical Trial Court. The distribution of the authority for the order and governance of, and discipline within, the Diocese shall be as follows:

1. The fundamental agencies of mission in the Diocese are the Congregations and the Missions.

2. The Ecclesiastical Authority of the Diocese shall be vested in the Bishop and, in the absence of the Bishop, the Standing Committee of this Diocese
and, if appointed, in the Missionary Bishop of CANA. Clergy and lay members of the Diocese are expected to honor the Bishop and submit to his leadership in all things lawful and in accordance with holy scripture and Anglican tradition.

3. Ordained ministry in the Diocese shall be exercised only by Bishops, presbyters, and deacons duly ordained, received or licensed by or under the authority of the Bishop of the Diocese.

4. The legislative and non-ecclesiastical executive authority of the Diocese shall be vested in the Synod, and in the time between meetings of the Synod, by the Standing Committee.

5. The judicial authority of the Diocese shall be vested in the Ecclesiastical Trial Court.

6. Each member Congregation and Mission may establish and maintain its own governance not inconsistent with the provisions of the Diocesan Constitution and Canons.

7. The Diocese may own its own property and any such property shall be free of any claim of trust or ownership by the any other ecclesiastical entity.

Canon 2
Of the Synod

Section 1. Powers and Duties
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Constitution
and Canons
The Missionary Diocese of CANA West
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The Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) and The Anglican Church in North America
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Constitution
Preamble
In the Name of God, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, Amen. The Missionary Diocese of CANA West (the Diocese) is composed of Anglicans
united by a common faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and a commitment to the trustworthiness of the Holy Scriptures. As Anglicans, we believe and
confess Jesus Christ to be the only Way, the Truth, and the Life, and that no one comes to the Father but by Him.
Article I
Fundamental Declarations of the Diocese
The Diocese hereby adopts, receives, and affirms the Global Anglican Future Conference (GAFCON) Statement and the Jerusalem Declaration issued
June 29, 2008; we acknowledge the authority and powers of the Protocol signed between the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) (CoN) and the
Anglican Church in North America (the Province) issued on July 24, 2010; and we acknowledge the Fundamental Declarations of the Province as set
forth in Article I of the Provincial Constitution.
Article II
Order, Governance, and Discipline
The Diocese is a diocese of the Convocation of Anglicans in North America (sometimes CANA), and the Province, and is composed of Congregations,
Missions, and clergy, united by a Bishop. The order, governance, and discipline of the Diocese shall be vested in the Bishop as the Ecclesiastical
Authority, the Standing Committee, the Synod, and the Ecclesiastical Trial Court of the Diocese in conformity with this Constitution.
Article III
Authority, Composition, and Operation of the Synod
Section 1. Authority
The Synod, as the legislative body of the Diocese, shall have authority to adopt Canons, and approve resolutions and take any other specific action for
the conduct of the affairs of the Diocese.
Section 2. Composition
A. The Synod shall be composed of the Clerical Order and the Lay Order.
B. The Clerical Order shall be composed of Clergy Delegates comprising the Bishop or Bishops and all of the Presbyters and Deacons under
the authority and license of the Bishop.
C. The Lay Order shall be composed of the Lay Delegates elected by the Congregations and Missions as defined by Canon.
D. Each member of the Clerical Order and Lay Order shall have voice and vote.
Section 3. Meetings
There shall be an Annual Meeting of the Synod. As provided by Canon, the Synod may also hold Special Meetings. The Lay Delegates shall serve only
for the Annual Meeting of the Synod for which they are elected and for any Special Meetings held prior to the next Annual Meeting, unless other
delegates are chosen specifically for any Special Meeting.
Section 4. Quorum for the Transaction of Synod Business
In order to constitute a quorum for the transaction of business at any Synod meeting, a majority of the Delegates of the diocese must be present and
delegates representing one half of the Congregations and Missions must be present.
Section 5. Presiding Officer of the Synod
The Bishop shall be the Presiding Officer and shall preside at all meetings of the Synod unless he assigns the role of Presiding Officer to a member of
the Synod. In the Bishop’s absence, the Standing Committee shall assign the role of Presiding Officer to a member of the Synod.
Section 6. Voting
The Synod shall deliberate and vote as one body and, a majority of those voting shall be necessary for a decision. However, a vote by Orders shall be
held for any other purpose as may be called for by this Constitution and for such other purposes as may be authorized by Canon.
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Article IV
Office of the Bishop
Section 1. Nomination and Election
Upon the need for a Bishop (including without limitation a Bishop Coadjutor or a Bishop Suffragan), the Standing Committee shall appoint a
Committee on Nominations for Bishop made up of Clergy and Laity. A special Synod shall be called for the purpose of nominating a suitable candidate
to the Missionary Bishop of the Convocation of Anglicans in North America who will then forward a single name to the Anglican Church in North
America’s College of Bishops who, after hearing testimony of faith and call to the office, will be given opportunity to declare their consent to the
nomination. The Missionary Bishop of the Convocation of Anglicans in North America will then forward the name of the candidate to the Primate of all
Nigeria for submission to the Nigerian House of Bishops for election.
Section 2. Vacancy, Incapacitated or Impermissible Absence of the Bishop
If the position of Bishop becomes vacant, or if the Standing Committee should determine upon careful deliberation that the Bishop is incapacitated or
otherwise prevented from performing the duties of his office, the Standing Committee will advise in writing the Missionary Bishop of the Convocation
of Anglicans in North America who may provide for episcopal oversight of the Diocese.
Article V
The Standing Committee
There shall be a Standing Committee of the Diocese that shall perform those duties required by the Constitution and Canons of the Province and of the
Diocese. The Standing Committee shall be comprised of the Bishop, the Chancellor, clergy and laity elected by the Synod or appointed by the Bishop as
provided by Canon.
Article VI
The Officers of the Diocese
In addition to the Bishop, or Bishops, the Officers of the Diocese shall be the Chancellor, the Secretary, the Treasurer, and the Registrar, and such other
Officers (including officers by Preferment) as may by Canon be established. The selection and duties of the Officers of the Diocese shall be prescribed
by Canon.
Article VII
Ecclesiastical Trial Court
Section 1. Ecclesiastical Trial Court Established
There shall be an Ecclesiastical Trial Court of the Diocese for the application of Church discipline in accordance with the Constitution and Canons and
to resolve such other disputes and controversies which may by Canon or request of the Bishop be submitted to it.
Section 2. Jurisdiction, Composition, Terms of Office, and Procedures
The jurisdiction, composition, terms of office, and procedures of the Ecclesiastical Trial Court shall be established by Canon.
Article VIII
Concerning Property
Section 1. Of the Diocese
All property, both real and personal, owned by the Diocese now and in the future is and shall be owned by the Diocese, and shall not be subject to any
trust interest in favor of the Convocation of Anglicans in North America, the Province, the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), or any other
Province of the Anglican Communion, or any other claim of ownership arising out of constitutional or canonical law.
Section 2. Of Congregations and Missions
All property, both real and personal, owned or held by or on behalf of a Congregation or Mission of the Diocese is and shall be owned by the
Congregation or Mission, free of any trust interest or other claim in favor of the Diocese, the Convocation of Anglicans in North America, the Province,
the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), or any other Province of the Anglican Communion, or any other claim of ownership arising out of
constitutional or canonical law.
Article IX
Incorporation
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The Diocese may incorporate in accordance with the laws of the State where any of its Congregations or Missions is located. The Bishop shall be the
President of the corporation and the Standing Committee its Board of Directors. Operation of the corporation shall be as provided by Canon and
applicable State and Federal law.
Article X
Affiliation and Membership
The Diocese shall be affiliated with the Province and a member of the Convocation of Anglicans in North America. Congregations of the Diocese shall
be those Congregations that are members of the Diocese as defined by Canon. Missions of the Diocese shall be those Congregations that are affiliated
with the Diocese as defined by Canon. The Congregations and Missions whose representatives participate in the Synod that adopts this Constitution
shall be the founding members of the Diocese. Memberships and affiliations between the Diocese and other ecclesiastical organizations shall be
voluntary and based on the mutual willingness of both to establish and maintain such membership or affiliation. All memberships and affiliations shall
be formed, maintained, or terminated under such terms as may be set forth by Canon.
Article XI
Adoption and Amendment
Section 1 Adoption
This constitution shall be adopted and become effective upon its approval by a majority vote of the delegates at the inaugural Meeting of the Synod of
the Diocese held in August of 2013.
Section 2 Amendment
No amendment to this Constitution may be adopted until it has been reviewed by the Bishop and by a Committee on Constitution and Canons
established according to Canon for the review of proposed amendments to the Constitution, and their recommendations given to the Standing
Committee for final recommendation to the Synod. This Constitution may be amended by a majority vote at any Annual Meeting of the Synod or any
Special Meeting called for purpose of amending the Constitution.
Canons
Title I
Organization and Administration of the Diocese
Canon 1
Order, Governance, and Discipline of the Diocese
The order and governance of, and discipline within, the Diocese shall be vested in the Bishop, the Standing Committee, the Synod, and the
Ecclesiastical Trial Court. The distribution of the authority for the order and governance of, and discipline within, the Diocese shall be as follows:
1. The fundamental agencies of mission in the Diocese are the Congregations and the Missions.
2. The Ecclesiastical Authority of the Diocese shall be vested in the Bishop and, in the absence of the Bishop, the Standing Committee of this Diocese
and, if appointed, in the Missionary Bishop of CANA. Clergy and lay members of the Diocese are expected to honor the Bishop and submit to his
leadership in all things lawful and in accordance with holy scripture and Anglican tradition.
3. Ordained ministry in the Diocese shall be exercised only by Bishops, presbyters, and deacons duly ordained, received or licensed by or under the
authority of the Bishop of the Diocese.
4. The legislative and non-ecclesiastical executive authority of the Diocese shall be vested in the Synod, and in the time between meetings of the Synod,
by the Standing Committee.
5. The judicial authority of the Diocese shall be vested in the Ecclesiastical Trial Court.
6. Each member Congregation and Mission may establish and maintain its own governance not inconsistent with the provisions of the Diocesan
Constitution and Canons.
7. The Diocese may own its own property and any such property shall be free of any claim of trust or ownership by the any other ecclesiastical entity.
Canon 2
Of the Synod
Section 1. Powers and Duties
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The Synod, as the legislative body of the Diocese, has the power to adopt and amend the Diocesan Constitution and Canons; establish and oversee the
program of the Diocese; confirm Standing Committee admissions of Congregations and Missions into the Diocese; and elect members of the Diocesan
Standing Committee, and Diocesan representatives to the councils of the church beyond the Diocese and other elected positions as authorized by Canon.
Section 2. Membership
The Synod shall be composed of the Lay Delegates chosen in accordance with these Canons, the clergy of the Diocese, and the officers of the diocese as
prescribed by canon.
Section 3. Membership Lists and Mode of Election of Delegates
There shall be two classes of delegates, being Clergy Delegates and Lay Delegates (in the aggregate Delegates)
A. Clergy Delegates
i. An official list of all duly ordained presbyters and deacons under the authority of the Bishop shall be maintained by the Ecclesiastical
Authority, kept current by the Registrar, and on file in the central office of the Diocese. The list shall contain the addresses and
positions of the clergy and shall be published at least 30 days in advance of any meeting of the Synod. Any member of the clergy whose
name is not on the list who wishes to vote at the Synod shall bring the omission to the attention of the Registrar.
ii. The official list shall be available to the Synod on the first day of its meeting.
iii. Every member of the clergy under the authority of the Bishop shall attend every meeting of the Synod unless excused by the Bishop in
writting.
B. Elected Lay Delegates
i. Each Congregation of the Diocese and each Mission of the Diocese shall be entitled to two Lay Delegates.
ii. Each Congregation and Mission of the Diocese shall select its delegates according to its respective governing rules with no more than
one alternate for each delegate so chosen, and shall report its selection no later than 60 days before the ensuing meeting of the Synod,
on a form prepared by the Registrar of the Diocese. Each delegate and alternate shall be an Eligible Voter in the Congregation or
Mission represented.
iii. A list of all duly elected Lay Delegates to the Synod of Congregations and Missions of the Diocese shall be compiled, maintained, and
kept current by the Registrar.
Section 4. Meetings of the Synod
A. The Synod of the Diocese shall meet every year and may also have Special Meetings called for a specific purpose.
B. A quorum of the Synod of the Diocese shall consist of a majority of the Delegates of the diocese with delegates representing one half of the
Congregations and Missions also present.
C. The Bishop with the advice of the Standing Committee shall determine the date, time, and place of all meetings of the Synod. The Secretary
of the Diocese shall give notice of Annual Meetings at least 90 days in advance, except for good cause as determined by the Bishop and the
Standing Committee, and no less than 15 days prior to any Special Meeting.
D. The agenda for any Synod meeting shall be distributed to Delegates no fewer than 15 days prior to the meeting.
Section 5. Committees of the Synod
There may be a Synod Committee on Resolutions, Nominations, and such other committees, as the Bishop may deem necessary. The Bishop shall
appoint all Synod committee members and committee members shall be current members of the Synod. Each committee shall keep its own records, and
all committee recommendations required by the Diocesan Constitution and Canons shall be in writing.
Section 6. The Synod Credentials Committee
A Synod Credentials Committee, appointed by the Presiding Officer of the Synod, shall consist of two Clergy and two Lay Delegates who shall
determine the presence of a quorum in accordance with these Canons and hear and resolve any disputes over proper representation in the Synod, subject
to appeal to the Bishop by any excluded Clergy, Lay Delegate, Congregation or Mission.
Section 7. Rules of Order
The Bishop with the advice of the Chancellor shall propose Rules of Order for adoption by the Synod at the outset of each Synod meeting.
Section 8. Parliamentarian
The Bishop may appoint a Parliamentarian to advise the Bishop and the Synod on parliamentary issues. The ruling of the Bishop or the Presiding
Officer on any parliamentary matter may be overridden by a vote of two thirds of those present and voting at the Synod.
Section 9. Diocesan Delegates to the Councils of the Church beyond the Diocese
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The Synod of the Diocese shall elect the delegates and alternates to all Councils of the Church beyond the Diocese. The Standing Committee may fill
vacancies in the event that an insufficient number of elected delegates or alternates are able to serve.
Section 10. Subdivision of the Diocese into Regions or Districts
When it shall appear to the Bishop that it would advance the administration of the Diocese, the Bishop, after consultation with the Standing Committee,
may organize the Diocese into archdeaconries or regions.
Canon 3
Of the Diocesan Standing Committee
Section 1. Standing Committee Established
A. Eligibility. Lay Members of the Standing Committee shall be Eligible Voters in a Congregation or Mission of the Diocese. Clergy members
of the Standing Committee shall be under the authority of the Bishop.
B. Composition. The Standing Committee of the Diocese shall be composed of the following members:
i. the Bishop;
ii. the Chancellor;
iii. Three clergy and three laity elected by the Synod for staggered three-year terms.
iv. Two or three additional clergy (one of whom must be the Executive Archdeacon if the preferment office has been created by
appointment of the Bishop) and one or two additional lay members appointed by the Bishop to serve for a term of one year, the decision
concerning the number of such additional clergy and additional lay members resting in the sole and sound discretion of the Bishop; and
v. the Treasurer ex officio and without vote.
C. Voice, Vote, and Quorum. The Bishop and each member of the Standing Committee elected or appointed (except the Treasurer) shall have
voice and vote. Fifty percent of the voting members of the Standing Committee shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business.
Items before the committee, unless otherwise specified in the Canons, shall be passed or rejected by a simple majority vote.
Section 2. Powers and Duties
Except as otherwise provided in the Constitution and Canons of the Diocese, the Standing Committee of the Diocese shall have the following powers
and duties:
A. Serve as a council of advice to the Bishop;
B. Together with the Bishop, act to accept or deny an application for admission of a Congregation or Mission into the Diocese;
C. Serve as nominating committee for all offices filled by the Synod;
D. The authority of the Synod in between meetings of the Synod, except for the authority to amend the Constitution and the Canons of the
diocese;
E. Adopt and amend the budget of the Diocese;
F. Perform such other duties and responsibilities, as may be assigned by the Bishop.
Canon 4
Officers of the Diocese
All officers in the church are called to a ministry of service. This ministry that all leaders in the church are called to fulfill is God's work. It is in
God's hands and done in God's name to God's glory; therefore all officers must always serve humbly and cheerfully.
Section 1. The Bishop
The Bishop shall serve as the Ecclesiastical Authority of the Diocese and the Presiding Officer of the Standing Committee and the Synod.
Section 2. The Chancellor
The Chancellor of the Diocese, appointed by the Bishop, shall be a member of CANA. He or she shall be learned in the law and licensed to practice law
in one of the jurisdictions encompassed by the Diocese. The Chancellor shall have responsibility for the legal affairs of the Diocese and shall serve as
counsel to the Bishop and the Standing Committee. The Bishop may appoint assistant chancellors as necessary.
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Section 3. The Secretary
The Secretary of the Diocese, appointed by the Bishop, shall be a member of CANA. He or she shall keep the minutes of the Synod, and shall submit
such reports as the Bishop may request. The Bishop may appoint assistant secretaries as necessary.
Section 4. The Treasurer
The Treasurer of the Diocese, elected by the Standing Committee, shall be a member of CANA. He or she shall be the custodian for all of the funds of
the Diocese and shall be learned in financial and accounting matters. The Treasurer shall be bonded in such amount as the Standing Committee from
time to time shall deem appropriate; shall prepare the annual diocesan budget; and shall file an annual report to the Synod on the financial status of the
Diocese, including reports of account for all funds under his or her custody or control, profit and loss statements, and balance sheets. The Treasurer shall
also be responsible for the preparation of such periodic financial reports as may be required by the Standing Committee.
Section 5. The Registrar
The Registrar, appointed by the Bishop, shall be a member of CANA. He or she shall be the custodian of official records of the Diocese and shall issue
such certification as may be directed by the Bishop or the Standing Committee.
Section 6. Preferment Offices
The Bishop may at his discretion, designate a preferment office. The Bishop, at his sole discretion, may grant or remove the preferment office of
Archdeacon and Canon. A preferment is not a right but a privilege. It is tremendous responsibility and honor that calls for the highest standards of
integrity and conduct in carrying out the respective office's duties. A preferment is intended to be a lifetime preferment. That means that in the normal
course of events the title and privileges remain with the recipient and go with the recipient into retirement. However, the Bishop may remove the honor
for just cause (incompetence, conduct unbecoming of one's role, etc.) or modify it at his discretion (e.g. allow the recipient to keep the title but remove
the recipient from actively functioning as an Archdeacon or Canon).
• Portfolios (responsibilities assigned to the recipient's preferment) are for a period of THREE YEARS and renewable at the sole discretion of the
Bishop. During that period of time the Bishop may, at his discretion, modify or change the portfolio based upon the skills of the Archdeacon and needs
of the Diocese.
• Portfolios may include assignments as Executive Archdeacon, Regional Archdeacons, and other senior assignments requiring the authority of an
Archdeacon or Canon. Effective as of July 1st, 2013 Rectors of both the Cathedral and the Pro-cathedral of the Diocese shall be designated as
"Archdeacon of the Cathedral" and "Archdeacon of the Pro-Cathedral" respectively rather than by the term "Dean" or "Provost". The Archdeacon of the
Pro-Cathedral will function as the Regional Archdeacon of the area at the discretion of the Bishop. The order of seniority for clergy is as follows:
Executive Archdeacon, Archdeacon of the Cathedral, Archdeacon of the Pro-cathedral, Regional Archdeacons, Archdeacons, Canons, Priests, and
Deacons.
Section 7. Terms of Office and Synod Representation
The Chancellor, the Secretary, the Registrar and the preferment officers shall serve at the pleasure of the Bishop, and be members of the Synod with
voice and vote. The Treasurer shall serve at the pleasure of the Standing Committee, and be a member of the Synod with voice and vote.
Canon 5
Committees of the Diocese
Section 1. Finance Committee
A. Establishment. There shall be a Finance Committee of the Diocese, appointed by the Bishop with the advice and consent of the Standing
Committee, with at least one representative from the Standing Committee. The Treasurer shall also serve as an ex officio member with
voice and vote.
B. Duties. The Finance Committee shall oversee the Treasurer; assist in preparing the annual Budget of the Diocese; and shall issue guidelines
for audits and investment management, and Congregations’ and Missions’ annual financial reviews. The Finance Committee shall oversee
the insurance and benefits programs for the Diocese, its clergy, and lay personnel.
C. Reporting and Audits. The Finance Committee shall cause the records and accounts of the Treasurer to be audited by independent auditors
on an annual basis. The Finance Committee shall issue periodic reports to the Bishop and the Standing Committee on the financial
condition of the Diocese.
Section 2. Committee on Constitution and Canons
A. Establishment. There shall be a Committee on Constitution and Canons, which shall consist of four members plus the Chancellor. The
Chancellor shall serve as the chair of this committee. Members shall be appointed by the Bishop after consultation with the Chancellor.
B. Duties. After review by the committee on constitution and canons, all proposed amendments to the Diocesan Constitution or Canons shall be
submitted to the Standing Committee no fewer than 15 days prior to the next Synod meeting. The Standing Committee shall provide the
final recommendation to the Synod for all proposed amendments.
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Title II
Organization and Administration of Congregations and Missions
Canon 1
Congregations and Missions
Section 1. Congregations Defined
A. Any group may seek to affiliate with the Diocese as a Congregation as provided in this Canon. A Congregation is a community of
worshippers that meets the following criteria:
i. Has a Vestry under the authority of the Bishop. The Vestry of each Congregation shall act and function its Board of Directors;
ii. Conducts weekly worship in a public space in accordance with the doctrine and forms of worship recognized as Anglican in form and
substance of the Anglican Communion as permitted by the Bishop;
iii. Has enabled ministries for prayer, evangelism, discipleship, service, fellowship, and Bible study;
iv. Is financially self-supporting and has the ability to fund its own operations, and to contribute to the support of the diocese; and
v. Is organized in accordance these Canons.
B. Any group not meeting the above requirements that wishes to be recognized as a Congregation may apply to the Standing Committee for a
waiver of one or more of these requirements.
C. Any group not meeting the requirements for Congregations may apply to be recognized as a Mission.
Section 2. Mission and Religious Orders Defined
A. Mission. A group of worshiping Christians which is not yet fully in conformity with the Anglican order of worship or governance and yet
which seeks affiliation with the Diocese, may with the consent of the Bishop apply to become a Mission.
B. Religious Order, Community or Society. A group of Christians who have made religious vows in a particular order, community or society,
for example the Order of St. Benedict. The Bishop may permit whatever degree of autonomy and deviation from the usual Anglican order of
worship or governance which he deems appropriate for the particular group, and upon acceptance of such Mission, such group shall be a
Mission in the same manner as any other Congregation of the Diocese.
Section 3. Application Procedure
A. Any group of the faithful seeking to affiliate as a Congregation. Mission or Religious Order shall submit its application to the Registrar or
designee on forms and in accordance with standards prescribed by the diocese. The Bishop will review the application and approve or
disapprove at his discretion.
B. A Congregation, Mission or Religious Order attached to another diocese or the Province, desiring to become a member of or affiliated with
this Diocese, shall make application to the Bishop and, with the consent of the bishop of the jurisdiction to which that Congregation or
Mission is currently attached, may be received into this Diocese.
Section 4. Governance of Congregations/Missions
A. Governing Body of Congregation Defined and How Elected
The Rector and Vestry shall be the governing body of the Congregation. The Rector shall be the Chairman of the Vestry.
B. Governing Documents and Structure
i. Each Congregation shall adopt governing documents in conformity with the Constitution and Canons of the Diocese and shall operate in
accordance with the same. Each Congregation shall furnish to the Chancellor a copy of its governing documents, and such governing
documents of each Congregation shall be kept by the Registrar.
ii. Duties. The Vestry shall at a minimum have the following duties:
a. Provide for the financial support of the Rector and exercise fiduciary oversight of the Congregation’s finances;
b. Pray regularly for the Rector and the Congregation;
c. Support the Rector in all aspects of his ministry, including ensuring the Christian formation, biblical literacy, and spiritual maturity
of the members of the Congregation;
d. Provide an adequate place for regular worship;
e. Provide for the compensation of paid staff members;
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f. Establish an adequate insurance program for the Congregation that includes, at a minimum, property damage, liability, personal
injury, and errors and omissions;
g. Support biblically-based financial giving by members of the Congregation;
h. Ensure that the Congregation and Missions shares in the financial support of the Diocese. Each Congregation and Mission is
expected to contribute to the financial needs of the Diocese; and
i. Strive for unity and adopt principles for resolving conflict.
iii. Vestry Oath. Every person elected a Vestry member shall take the following oath of office:
“I do believe the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments to be the Word of God and to contain all things necessary for
salvation through Our Lord Jesus Christ and I do yield my hearty consent to the Constitution and Canons of the Diocese. I
promise, with God’s help, that I will faithfully execute the duties of the office of Vestry member of this Congregation to the best
of my ability.”
iv. Vestry Elections. Every Congregation shall have an annual meeting in keeping with its governing documents at which meeting new
Vestry members shall be elected.
C. Finance Committee. The Vestry of each Congregation shall provide for a Finance Committee, which shall prepare a budget for adoption by
the Vestry. The Finance Committee shall make regular financial reports to the Vestry. No Congregation may operate on a deficit budget
without adequate reserves to cover such deficit.
D. Treasurer. Each Congregation shall have a Treasurer, elected by the Vestry, who shall be a member of the Finance Committee ex officio, and
be bonded in such sum and with such surety as the Vestry from time to time shall determine. The Treasurer shall be the custodian of the
funds of the Congregation and shall perform such other duties as required by the Vestry.
E. Officers of the Congregation. In addition to the Rector, the Wardens, and the Treasurer, a Congregation may have such other officers as
allowed by its governing documents.
F. Investments. All investments of congregational funds shall be under the oversight of the Vestry and shall be made with due regard to
applicable State law for fiduciaries. The Vestry may consult with the Diocese for guidance with regard to investments. Investment funds
shall be deposited in banks or other financial institutions where such deposits are adequately insured, or in such other conservative
investments appropriate for the management of monies by a fiduciary.
G. Audits and Reviews. The Vestry shall cause the accounts of its Treasurer and all other custodians of funds or securities to be reviewed and
reported annually in accordance with the standards to be prescribed by the Finance Committee of the Diocese.
H. Members and Eligible Voters. The Rector and Wardens shall maintain a current list of the Members and Eligible Voters of the Congregation.
Any person who believes he or she is entitled to be included on the list of Eligible Voters may appeal to the Vestry for its determination.
I. Sacramental Registers and Vestry Minutes. The Rector and Wardens shall maintain a register of official acts such as worship services,
baptisms, confirmations, weddings, funerals, and visitations of bishops and other clergy, the register shall include the date and name of the
service, the name of the officiant, the name of the preacher, the number of attendees of each such service and the number of communicants
at each such service. Minutes of all meetings of the Vestry shall be kept in permanent form.
J. Annual Report. The Rector and Wardens shall submit to the Secretary of the Diocese an Annual Report on a form to be prescribed by the
Standing Committee.
Canon 2
The Rector and the Pastoral Relationship
Section 1. The Pastoral Relationship Defined
A prayerful process of discernment, including due diligence, shall be undertaken in the calling of a Rector to a Congregation, and the Vestry shall gain
the Bishop’s consent before extending an offer to a candidate. The relationship between the Rector and the Congregation, with the support of the Bishop,
is one of mutual trust and dependence in carrying out the ministry of the Congregation. As the spiritual leader of the Congregation, the Rector requires
the full cooperation and support of the Vestry. The Rector, in consultation with the Bishop and with the approval of the Vestry, shall select all assistant
and associate clergy. All assistant and associate clergy shall serve at the pleasure of the Rector and the Vestry, but in the event of an irreconcilable
conflict between the Rector and Vestry that is brought to the attention of the Bishop by either party (Rector or Vestry), in writing, regarding some aspect
of the service or employment of assistant and/or associate clergy, the Bishop shall have plenary discretion to resolve the disputed issue(s) as he deems
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appropriate. The Rector, with the consent of the Vestry, shall select all lay employees, who shall serve at the pleasure of the Rector and the Vestry. The
Rector serves at the pleasure of the Bishop.
Section 2. Search Committee
The Vestry may serve as the Search Committee to consider appropriate candidates for election and call as Rector, having first consulted with and
received a list of proposed candidates from the Bishop. The Vestry may alternatively establish a different search committee, but the Vestry shall have the
sole authority in the Congregation to call a Rector. The names of the final candidates shall be submitted to the Bishop for his advice. No person may be
elected and called as Rector without the approval of the Bishop. A Rector shall be elected by the affirmative votes of two-thirds of the Vestry. The call of
the Rector shall be in writing in a letter of agreement between the Rector and the Vestry and signed by the Bishop. It must distinctly express job
description and any special conditions, together with the stipulations of salary and other benefits offered to the Rector.
Section 3. Appointment of A Vicar by the Bishop
In the absence of a Rector in any Congregation or Mission, the Bishop may upon the request of the wardens of such Congregation or Mission appoint a
Vicar to lead worship and to perform such other functions of Congregational or Mission leadership which is carried out by clergy.
Section 4. Licensing by the Bishop
The Rector and all other clergy shall not be recognized by the Bishop until they have been canonically transferred to this jurisdiction and licensed by the
Bishop. All clergy hold their license at the pleasure of the Bishop of the Diocese.
Section 5. The Selection of an Assistant Minister
If the vestry of a Congregation agrees that a vacancy occurs for Assistant Clergy, the Rector shall first consult with the Bishop. The names of the final
candidates shall be submitted to the Bishop for his advice. No person may be elected and called as Assistant Clergy without the approval of the Bishop.
The Rector and vestry must agree upon the final candidate before a call is offered. The call of Assistant Clergy shall be in writing in a Letter of
agreement between Assistant Clergy and the Vestry and signed by the Bishop. It must distinctly express job description and any special conditions,
together with the stipulations of salary and other benefits offered to the Assistant Clergy.
Section 6. Restrictions upon Rector’s Resignation and Removal
A Rector may not resign as Rector without consulting the Vestry and the Bishop. A Rector may not be removed except as hereinafter provided. No
Rector, Vicar, or Priest in Charge may be called or dismissed from a Congregation without the consent of the Bishop and then only as provided by these
Canons.
Section 7. Resolving Conflicts in the Pastoral Relationship
A. Whenever matters of disagreement develop, it is incumbent on all parties to approach one another with patience, understanding of the views
of all parties, and Christian charity to avoid having the relationship imperiled or hindered.
B. If after reasonable attempts at reconciliation, either the Rector or a majority of the Vestry believe the pastoral relationship to be imperiled or
hindered by reason of dissention, either or both shall present the matter to the Bishop.
C. Upon such notification the Bishop shall promptly seek reconciliation by whatever means he believes appropriate that is not inconsistent with
Holy Scripture. Both the Rector and the Vestry shall participate cooperatively in the process. The Bishop may issue such interim directives
appropriate to the cause before issuing a final judgment. Prior to issuing a final judgment, the Bishop may consult with the Chancellor of
the Diocese.
D. After consulting with the vestry the judgment of the Bishop may include a leave of absence for the Rector, a refusal to dissolve the pastoral
relationship, or a judgment of dissolution.
E. If the relationship is to be dissolved, the judgment may include terms and conditions for compliance by both parties. If a dissolution of the
pastoral relationship is necessary, the Bishop may dissolve the pastoral relationship but only upon receipt of a resolution adopted by the
vestry by two thirds vote. The Bishop shall in all cases render pastoral support to the Rector. Upon issuing such judgment, the Bishop shall
direct the Registrar of the Diocese to record the dissolution.
F. If at the time of a need for the Bishop’s intervention in the relationship between a Rector and a Congregation there be no Bishop, the
Standing Committee or Vestry may appeal to the Missionary Bishop of the Convocation of Anglicans in North America for action.
G. If the Bishop and a member of the clergy involved in a controversy or dispute over the pastoral relationship both agree to submit the
controversy or dispute to the Ecclesiastical Trial Court, such controversy or dispute may be submitted to the Ecclesiastical Trial Court for
its adjudication. The Bishop may at any time remove any such controversy or dispute from the Court and proceed to administer the case in
accordance with these Canons.
Canon 3
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Congregation and Mission Property
Section 1. No Denominational or Diocesan Trust in Congregation and Mission Property
All real and personal property owned by or held for the benefit of a Congregation or Mission shall belong exclusively to that Congregation or Mission
free of any trust or other claim by the Diocese, the Province, and all other ecclesiastical entities both in the United States and beyond.
Section 2. Ownership of Congregation and Mission Property
A Mission may own real and personal property both before and after it becomes a Congregation.
Title III
Worship and Administration of the Sacraments
Canon 1
Worship
Worship and the Administration of the Sacraments in this Diocese shall be in conformity with these Diocesan Canons.
Canon 2
Of Authorized Translations of the Bible
The lessons used in services of public worship and the order of a lectionary of each Congregation and Mission shall be read from translations of the
Holy Scriptures as authorized by the Bishop of the Diocese.
Canon 3
Of Authorized Forms of Public Worship
and Authorized Editions of the Book of Common Prayer
The Bishop shall ensure that the forms used in Public Worship and the Administration of the Sacraments be in accordance with Anglican Faith and
Order and that nothing be established that is contrary to the Word of God as revealed in the Holy Scriptures.
Canon 4
Of Christian Marriage
Section 1. Christian Marriage in the Diocese
The Diocese affirms our Lord’s teaching that Holy Matrimony is in its nature a covenantal union, permanent and lifelong, of one man and one woman.
No marriage or other conjugal union of persons shall take place in any of the Congregations or Missions of the Diocese, or with the participation of the
clergy of this Diocese except in accordance with these Canons.
Section 2. Procedure for Divorced Person to Seek Permission to Be Married in the Diocese
Should a man and a woman, one or both of whom have been divorced, wish to be married to one another in this Diocese, or by any of the clergy of this
Diocese, the couple must first secure the Bishop’s consent by submitting an application on a form prescribed by the Bishop for such purpose. Within 30
days from the date of receipt of the application signed by the couple and the proposed officiating clergy, the Bishop shall communicate in writing his
determination of the application.
Section 3. Clergy to Officiate at Weddings
The clergy of this Diocese shall not officiate at nor in any way participate in any weddings at any location except in accordance with these Canons.
Canon 5
Of Standards of Morality and Ethics
Section 1. Exemplary Morality
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Clergy and laity of this Diocese are called to be exemplary in all spheres of morality. This is a condition of being appointed to or remaining in a position
or office of leadership or holding any license from the Bishop. Failure to exemplify biblical morality in attitude and action may lead to disciplinary
action by the Bishop.
Section 2. Sanctity of Marriage
In view of the teaching of Holy Scripture, the Lambeth Conference of 1998, and the Jerusalem Declaration, this Diocese upholds faithfulness in
marriage between one man and one woman in lifelong union; believes that abstinence from sexual relations is right for those who are not called to
marriage; cannot legitimize or bless same-sex unions or ordain persons who engage in homosexual behavior. Sexual relations should take place only
between one man and one woman who are married to each other.
Section 3. Sanctity of Life
God, and not man, is the creator of human life. The unjustified taking of life is sinful. Therefore, all clergy and laity are called to uphold and respect the
sanctity of every human life from conception to natural death.
Section 4. Pastoral Ministry
Clergy and laity are called upon to show Christ-like compassion to those who have fallen into sin, encouraging them to repent and receive forgiveness,
and offering the ministry of healing to all who suffer physically or emotionally as a result of such sin.
Section 5. Protection of Children, Young People and Adults
Clergy and laity are stewards responsible for the nurturing and care of children, young people or adults who participate in the life of the Congregation.
There is no tolerance for engaging in or remaining silent about inappropriate sexual language or advances toward or abuse of children, young people or
adults.
Title IV
Of Ministers: Their Recruitment, Preparation, Ordination, Office, Practice, and Transfer
Canon 1
Of the Ordination Committee and Examining Chaplains
There shall be a Diocesan Ordination Committee comprising of clergy and laity appointed by the Bishop. The Ordination Committee shall assist the
Bishop with the identification, selection, examination, interviewing, and other screening of applicants for admission as postulants and as candidates for
ordination to Holy Orders. The Ordination Committee shall also assist and advise the Bishop in formulating the needs and requirements for the present
and future ministry in the Diocese, regarding the manner of selection of persons for ministry. The Bishop may appoint Examining Chaplains from
among presbyters and laity of the Diocese for the purpose of assisting the Bishop with oversight of postulants and candidates for ordination and their
assessment for ordination.
Canon 2
Of Candidates for Holy Orders
Section 1. Seeking Holy Orders
A. Any person who has been confirmed or received by a Bishop of CANA or the Province or another province of the Anglican Communion, who
believes they are called by Almighty God to ordained ministry in the Church, should seek the discernment of others to confirm that call.
B. Applicants to be ordained a deacon must at the time of ordination be not less than 23 years of age, have made a public commitment of their faith in
Christ and have lived their Christian faith in an exemplary manner for some time, and have been a part of a Congregation or Mission of the
Diocese for not less than one year, except for good cause.
C. Applicants to be ordained a presbyter must be a man who has been a deacon for not less than twelve months, have made a public commitment of
his faith in Christ and have lived his Christian faith, and served as a deacon in an exemplary manner for some time. Variations in the time frames
for having served in the diaconate are at the discretion of the Bishop.
D. The Bishop retains the privilege of modifying the requirements for ordaining an
applicant when the missional needs of the diocese dictate.
E. The Bishop retains the privilege of denying the ordination of any applicant at any time during the preparation for ordination. And, the Bishop may
suspend or revoke an Applicant's license after ordination if he or she fails to fulfill a condition of the Applicant's ordination.
Section 2. Reception of Ordained Clergy
The Bishop may receive to the Diocese to ordained ministry any ordained deacon or presbyter in a manner consistent with the Constitution and Canons
of the Diocese.
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Canon 3
Of Deacons and Their Ordination
Section 1. Concerning Prerequisites for Ordination
No person shall be ordained a deacon in this Diocese until that person shall have completed satisfactory assessment conducted by those appointed by the
Bishop for this purpose, and shall have demonstrated sufficient knowledge of Holy Scripture, the Doctrine, Discipline, and Worship of the Province; and
any other topics the Bishop shall deem necessary for the Office and Ministry of Deacon, and shall have subscribed without reservation to the declaration
set forth in Section 2 of this Canon. The prescribed preparation and course of study for ordination shall be at the discretion of the Bishop.
Section 2. Concerning the Required Declaration of Ordinands
No person shall be ordained a deacon in the Diocese until such person shall have subscribed without reservation to the following declaration:
“I do believe the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments to be the Word of God and to contain all things necessary to salvation, and I
consequently hold myself bound to conform my life and ministry thereto, and I do solemnly engage to conform to the Doctrine, Discipline, and
Worship of Christ as this Church has received them.”
Canon 4
Of Presbyters and Their Ordination
Section 1. Ordination Following Period of Diaconate
No man shall be ordained a presbyter in this Diocese unless he shall have first been ordained a deacon. No deacon may be ordained as presbyter prior to
twelve months from the date of his ordination to the diaconate. The Bishop may for good cause shorten the period of required service as a deacon.
Section 2. Theological Requirements and Assessment of Candidates for Ordination
No deacon shall be ordained a presbyter in this Diocese until he shall have passed a satisfactory assessment prescribed by the Bishop. The prescribed
course of study and components of the assessment shall be at the discretion of the Bishop.
Section 3. Concerning the Required Declaration of Presbyters
No person shall be ordained a presbyter in the Diocese until he shall have subscribed without reservation to the following declaration:
“I do believe the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments to be the Word of God and to contain all things necessary to salvation, and I
consequently hold myself bound to conform my life and ministry thereto, and I do solemnly engage to conform to the Doctrine, Discipline, and
Worship of Christ as this Church has received them.”
Canon 5
Of Licensed Lay Orders
The Diocese recognizes that the ministry of the laity is indispensable to the work of the Diocese and that this ministry originates within each
Congregation and Mission. All clergy, Congregations, and Missions of the Diocese are strongly encouraged to equip the laity for ministries in their
communities. To this end, Rectors and clergy overseeing Congregations and Missions may seek the Bishop’s license for Lay Church Planters, Lay
Evangelists, Lay Pastors, Lay Preachers, Lay Catechists, Lay Readers, Lay Eucharistic Ministers and such other lay ministers as the Bishop may
establish and license for ministry with the local Congregation or Mission as seems helpful in bearing fruit for the Kingdom of God. Those exercising
these ministries need to be spiritually mature, of sound character, have received adequate training, and have regular oversight.
Title V
Ecclesiastical Trial Court and Church Discipline
Canon 1
Ecclesiastical Trial Court Jurisdiction
All clergy and laity in any leadership position within the Diocese or a Congregation or Mission of the Diocese under the authority of the Bishop who
exercise ministry or leadership, or who hold any license in the Diocese or any Congregation or Mission thereof, shall be subject to the jurisdiction of the
Ecclesiastical Trial Court (sometimes the Court). The Canons and Constitution of the Anglican Church in North America may be used as a guide in the
process of Discipline.
Canon 2
Controversies Submitted to the Court
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The Bishop, any member of the clergy of the Diocese, any lay person who is a member of any Congregation or Mission of the Diocese, or any
Congregation or Mission of the Diocese, may petition the Court for the resolution of any dispute between clergy, lay persons, Congregations, or
Missions of the Diocese. Church discipline cases for the inquiry as to presentments or other complaints against persons, either clergy or laity, shall be
submitted to the Court for determination. The Court may receive and hear petitions from any other persons, dioceses, or other ecclesiastical bodies who
have any controversy with any member Congregation, Mission, clergy, or lay person of the Diocese. The Chancellor, after consultation with the Bishop,
may determine which cases are heard by the Court after application has been received.
Canon 3
The Rights of the Respondent
Any person against whom disciplinary measures are initiated (Respondent) shall be presumed innocent until he or she has been determined guilty
according to the provisions and procedures described herein, but the Bishop may take all immedi