Note deadlines for submitting items related to 2017 Convention business

The 35th Annual Convention of the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth is coming up November 10-11, 2017 in Cleburne. Take note of these 2017 convention deadlines below. Also available are templates, forms and guidelines related to submitting information, proposals, nominations, and anything else required for the business of Convention. Open the sections below the deadline chart to see information related to Nominations, Resolutions, and Reports. Items that are underlined and in blue are links that you can click to access forms and other information.

2017 Convention Deadlines, forms and templates

Send any other submissions related to the business of Convention to the Secretary of the Diocese, the Rev. Andrew Wright, by email.

Committees and Contact Information
Nominations for Elections and Appointments

Nominations open for 2017 Diocesan Convention

Nominations are now open for eight positions that will be filled at the 2017 Convention of the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth in Cleburne, Texas, on November 10 and 11.

The Nominations Committee earnestly seeks participation from parishioners across the spectrum of our diocese.

Diocesan members are invited to read, pray, and discern if they know someone to nominate, or if they are called to offer themselves in nomination, for any of the elected positions described below. Nominations may be made by another person with the candidate’s permission or by the candidate on their own. The deadline for online nominations is Monday, September 11, 2017. Nominations are open for two months.

The Nominations Committee has a goal for at least two candidates per position. The committee encourages potential nominators/nominees to review the list of current elected members on the table below:

Current Elected Members

Positions to be Filled:

Members-at-Large of the Diocesan Executive Council – two lay and one clergy member. The Executive Council carries on the work of the Diocesan Convention during the rest of the year when the Convention is not in session. The canons passed in 2015 made changes affecting the Executive Council, including how its members are elected. Previously, all the members were elected by the deaneries. Now, one representative is elected from each deanery, and nine members are elected at-large by the convention. In 2016, the convention elected all nine at-large members at once and followed a process passed by the 2015 convention for staggering their term lengths. As a result, three of the members will be elected in 2017; members whose terms expire this year are Bob Gross, Barbara Evans-Chowning and Victor Mashburn.

The Standing Committee – one lay and one clergy member. The Standing Committee is the council of advice for the bishop or the ecclesiastical authority of the diocese if there is no bishop. Three priests and three lay persons serve for three years each (those elected in 2017 will complete their term in 2020) with one clergy and one lay member elected each year. No person may serve for more than two consecutive terms. The Standing Committee typically meets monthly. View the current members of the Standing Committee here. Members whose terms are expiring are Joel Walker and Amy Haynie (currently the president).

Trustee for the University of the South – one clergy person. Length of term is three years (October 2018-2020). Duties include attending trustee meeting in the fall at the University of the South at Sewanee, TN, which usually involves several weekdays, especially for a new trustee. There is an optional spring meeting. There may be some expenses related to this responsibility. The Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth is one of the owning dioceses of the University of the South and thus is represented at the primary Trustee meeting. Continuing trustees are Suzanne Meyers and Jill McClendon (whose term will start in October). Andrew Wright’s term will expire in October 2018, just before next year’s Diocesan Convention, so we are electing for that position now, and the new trustee will start approximately a year from now.

Disciplinary Board – one clergy and one lay member. One clergy member and one lay member are to be elected for three-year terms (expiring 2020). The Disciplinary Board meets as needed when called by the bishop. View the current members here. Those whose terms are expiring are Becky Snell and Janet Nocher.


Nominate Someone

Nominations are open through Monday, September 11; use the form below to nominate yourself or someone else. After September 11, nominations can still be made, but the process changes – see the description below in the next section.

Convention: Nomination Form
If you are nominating someone else, please ask them first whether or not they agree to be nominated and only put their name down if they agree.

Nominee's information

Please fill out as many as possible of the following questions about the nominee.
You can send a bio later by email if you prefer
Drop a file here or click to upload Choose File
Maximum upload size: 10.49MB
You can send a photo by email later if you prefer.

If you are nominating yourself...

Make sure you can agree to all the requirements for serving in the position. Requirements are listed below.
Membership in the Diocese entails the following: for laity - being an adult communicant in good standing of a parish within the Diocese of Ft. Worth for approximately one year; for clergy - being canonically resident in the Diocese of Ft. Worth)

Nominations after September 11, 2017

Any nominations after the closing date of Monday, September 11, 2017 may be made from the floor at diocesan convention. Nominations from the floor will follow all the requirements for candidates, including sufficient copies of the nominees’ picture and biographical information for all clergy and convention delegates, plus verification of qualifications. The requirements for nominations from the floor of convention are in Canon I. “Nominations from the Floor,” which can be found in the Canons of the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth.

Other Positions

In addition, the following individual positions are nominated by the bishop and confirmed by the convention.

  • Diocesan Secretary and Assistant to the Secretary
  • Diocesan Registrar
  • Diocesan Historiographer
  • Diocesan Treasurer and Assistant to the Treasurer
  • Diocesan Chancellor
  • Corporation Trustee
  • Episcopate endowment trustee

Groups which welcome new members each year, appointed by the bishop include:

  • Commission on Ministry
  • Finance Committee
  • Diocesan Schools Commission
  • Constitution and Canons Committee

If you would like to volunteer in these areas and potentially be available for a future nomination, please email the nominations committee at to let them know of your interest, in case the bishop needs recommendations.

For more information on nominations, please email

Author Lisa Pulliam to speak June 21 at All Saints’

Author, speaker and entrepreneur Lisa Carol Pulliam will speak at a Women of All Saints’ event on Wed., June 21 at All Saints’ Episcopal Church. The event will begin with desserts for all at 6:30 p.m. in DeWolfe Hall, followed by Lisa’s presentation and a book signing for Toes in the Sand: My Journey from Domestic Engineer to Entrepreneur .

Lisa is the daughter of All Saints’ parishioners John and Carol Burnam, and 25 years ago, she was married to her husband Chris at All Saints’. Today, he is pastor of First Christian Church in Tyler. Lisa’s book, Toes in the Sand, shares the story of her unlikely romance with a soon-to-be-pastor, her life as the mother of four and her soul-searching quest for her own identity.

Pulliam’s presentation, “Running on Empty,” uses the Biblical story of Mary and Martha to deliver a message that applies for all seasons of life for women who carry many responsibilities.

For more information, contact Karla Uecker, 817-732-1424 or


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Register for EfM Mentor Training in Stephenville

UPDATE: The Basic training class is now full.

St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Stephenville, TX is hosting a mentor training September 15-17, 2017 for prospective and continuing mentors in the Education for Ministry (EfM) program, as well as others interested in the program.

Training options

There will be two training events offered:

  • Basic/In Service – Foundations of Seminar Life  (FULL)
  • Formation – Deepening TR: Four Sources and Four Movements

Please be reminded that Sewanee’s change in training requirements for experienced mentors may necessitate your taking basic training:

“mentors must return to Basic In-Service after 3 consecutive non-Basic/In-service events–i.e., formations or alternate trainings”.

This requirement went into effect September of 2006. All brand-new mentors must take two Basic trainings before taking a Formation training. Formation events are available for active mentors. To qualify for a Formation even, a Mentor must be accredited in a second Basic/In-service and be recommended for Formation by a trainer.

Basic In-Service training will equip people to understand the role and responsibility of an EfM Mentor. Those who successfully complete the weekend will be accredited as Mentors by the University of the South. The training is experiential. The aim is to equip you as a recruiter and mentor of an EfM group.


Trainees should arrive at St. Luke’s between 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. in order to join church hosts for a light lunch and get acquainted with the facility. The actual training will begin at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, September 15th. Training will end no later than 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 17th. Participants are expected to be present for the entire session in order to meet the training requirements of 18 contact hours.

Lodging and Fees

The cost of the training is $200 and includes six meals (Friday dinner through Sunday lunch). The organizers of the training are unable to accommodate special diets, so participants who have special dietary needs can bring their own food and receive a fee credit of $75.

Lodging is an additional expense. Download information about reservations at The Cottage at Wooded Oaks retreat center for $75 per night. Alternatively, participants may reserve and pay for their own rooms at a local hotel. Local hotels are also available. Training organizers recommend the Hampton Inn, 910 S. Harbin Dr., Stephenville, TX 76401 (254-918-5400) and the Holiday Inn Express, 121 Lockhart St., Stephenville, TX 76401 (1-800-315-2605). If you choose to stay in a hotel, you are responsible for making your own reservations.


Online Registration Form

Upon receipt of your completed form and fee, your space will be reserved. Please be aware that accreditation as an EfM mentor is not automatic. An important part of the trainer’s role is to discern when mentor-trainees are appropriately prepared to lead an EfM group. Those accredited will be able to enroll an EfM group through the School of Theology at the University of the South. “This training will enhance your other ministries in significant ways,” Wilson said, “so I encourage you to participate whether or not you plan to mentor!”

For any additional information or questions, please contact Wilson at 817-637-1518 or Directions to location and other training information will be sent by email (or snail mail) to all registered participants.

Apply for mission and outreach grants

Do you have an idea for making a positive impact in your community with the church’s help? Is there a project your church is involved in that could use a little extra funding? Apply now for mission and outreach grants.

The Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth, through its Mission and Outreach Committee, will be awarding grants to programs that assist our communities, encourage personal participation by our congregations, and that will be strengthened by the endorsement of the diocese.

Whether you are an individual member of the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth, a group of members of a congregation within the diocese, or a combined group such as a group of congregations in your deanery, you are encouraged to submit an application. Funds are offered in two categories:

  • Beyond the Diocese Outreach Impact Program – This category includes special outreach needs beyond the geographical boundaries of the diocese, both inside and outside the United States. The available funding budgeted for this category is currently $4,680.
  • Matching Grant Outreach Program – This category includes outreach within the diocese. These funds are to be used to match or to provide seed money for congregations or groups to fund or undertake an outreach need that they could not do on their own. The Matching Grant Outreach Program currently has budgeted $24,958.

The Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth’s Mission and Outreach Committee was established in 2011, and one of its tasks is to help administer these outreach grants. For examples of past projects, ten grants were awarded for 2014 and ten in 2015. See examples from  2016 in the video below:

Applications are being accepted from now until Friday, August 11. Please complete the form below, which you can submit online. Please note that the diocese can only write checks to 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations. If you have received funding for your project in the past, please tell us specifically how the money was spent.

As soon as you click “Submit,” your application will go by email to the diocesan office, who will compile the applications for review by the Mission and Outreach Committee. You should receive a confirmation email letting you know that the application was received. If you do not receive a confirmation email after submitting your grant request, please contact the diocesan office at

Project organizers will be notified in late August if their grant request was approved, and checks will be cut directly to the approved programs. We expect the checks to start going out soon after the committee approves the grants.

If you have any questions about mission and outreach grants, email the committee at or contact the Chair, Tim Stevens, at or or 817-922-9724 (h).


Outreach Grant Application
Members of the Mission and Outreach Committee are asked not to submit grant requests.
Choose the option that best describes where your project will primarily be of benefit.
Please note that the diocese can only write checks to 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations.
Indicate what matching funds and/or involvement through service hours your congregation or organization will be providing toward the project in addition to what is being requested from the diocese.
After you click submit, you should receive a confirmation email. If you do not hear from the committee to confirm that we've received your application, please contact the committee directly at

Join Webcast with Richard Rohr at St. Alban’s

St. Alban’s in Arlington will host a webcast of Richard Rohr’s “The Universal Christ: An Archetype for Everything.” Join the event on Thursday, June 22 from 7 to 8:30 pm in the Administration building of Theatre Arlington. All are welcome to attend the free event.

Rohr serves as a Franciscan priest, Christian mystic, and author of numerous books. Titles include Falling UpwardEager to Love: The Alternative Way of Francis of Assisi, and most recently, The Divine Dance: The Trinity and Your Transformation (with Mike Morrell).

Over his month-long hermitage this spring, Richard worked on a new book (to be released mid-2018). In this webcast, Richard will draw from his recent time in solitude to share new reflections. He offers a lens by which to see the foundational pattern of death and resurrection: the Christ, or as he puts it, “another word for everything.”

Download a flyer for the event.


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