Diocesan Convention 2019

Diocesan Convention 2019

2019 Diocesan Convention

Friday, November 8 – Saturday, November 9

at the Decatur Convention Center

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The theme of the 2019 Diocesan Convention is The Way of Love. The Way of Love is a way of life. More than a program or curriculum, it is an intentional commitment to a set of practices. It’s a commitment to follow Jesus: Turn, Learn, Pray, Worship, Bless, Go, Rest. Learn more.

The Rt. Rev. Eugene Sutton, bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland, will speak at convention and preach.
The Rt. Rev. Eugene Sutton

Bishop Sutton was elected bishop of the Diocese of Maryland in 2008, is nationally known for his commitment to non-violence, reconciliation, the environment, and the practice of Centering Prayer. Formerly the Canon Pastor of Washington National Cathedral and Director of the Center for Prayer and Pilgrimage, Bishop Sutton has also served as a college chaplain, parish priest and professor at Vanderbilt University Divinity School. The author of several articles about spiritual practices and preaching, he’s a sought-after guest preacher and a contributor to the book, The Diversity of Centering Prayer.  Read a more detailed biography.


The opening worship of convention is at 7 pm Friday, moved to a later time than at previous conventions in response to suggestions on convention evaluations in the hope that more people will be able to attend. Bishop Sutton will preach.

Vendor Registration

Vendor registration opened September 1. Rates are $40 per table for one day, $60 per table for two days. This includes dinner on Friday and lunch on Saturday for one person. Online registration will close at midnight on Wednesday, November 6.

Vendors register here
Convention: Vendor Registration

Tell us about your organization/business

Please tell us about your organization and plans you have for your table. We can publicize this information to convention attendees.
We can also link to your website if you have one
If there is a short video you'd like to share, include the link here (YouTube, Vimeo, etc.)

About your table

If you are selling items, you'll be a 'Vendor' and if you're giving information only, you'll be an 'Exhibitor.'
Most booths will have one table, but some may need more; please indicate how many in total you would like.
The cost per table will be $40 for one day or $60 for two days. The fee includes dinner on Friday and/or lunch on Saturday.

Primary Contact Person

Please include the name and contact information of anyone else associated with your booth whom we could contact with questions


Credit Card
Card number
3-digit security number on the back of the card
Billing Address
Street or PO Box

Convention Registration

Registration opened September 2. As always, Early Bird rates (this year $50 for one day, $75 for two days) were available until midnight, October 1. After October 1, registration is $65 for one day, $90 for two days. Registration includes afternoon snacks and dinner with wine on Friday; continential breakfast, lunch, and an afternoon snack on Saturday. Online registration will close at  midnight on Wednesday, November 6.

Register for Convention here
Convention Attendee Registration Form

Convention Attendee Registration

Fill out this form if you will be attending as a delegate, alternate, youth representative, clergy person canonically resident in FW, non-voting clergy or lay participant, visitor or guest. Exhibitors and Vendors should use a different form.
Select your role from the drop-down. If more than one of these describes you, choose your primary role for the business meeting.
Select from the drop-down menu. If you are a non-parochial clergy member or a guest from Nortwest Texas, those options are also in the drop-down list.
Attending which day(s)?


If you are a church administrator, registering your delegation, choose "I'm paying for some or all of this registration" and you'll be able to pay online or receive information on how to pay by check. Early bird rates (during September): $75 for each two-day registration; $50 for each one-day registration Regular rates (beginning October 1): $90 for each two-day registration; $65 for each one-day registration
If you are part of the official delegation representing your congregation, the church customarily pays for its delegates - check with your church office or priest. If you are attending as a non-parochial clergy member, a non-voting participant, or a visitor, you will most likely pay for your own registration.
Beginning Oct. 1, rates are $90 for a two-day registration and $65 for a one-day registration. The registration fee includes one meal per day, along with snacks and drinks.
Card Number
3-digit security code on the back of your card



Billing Address
Street Address or PO Box

Hotel information

If you plan to stay at or near the convention center, make reservations anytime. The Fairfield Inn & Suites offers very reasonable rates.


This is the convention packet. Delegates and other interested people can download it or view documents on their devices. As part of the diocese’s commitment to creation care, no printed packets will be distributed.

Episcopal Appointments are not available at this time. They will be distributed at Convention with Convention’s consent.

Deanery meetings

Each deanery has the option to meet in the summer (usually late July or August) and is a required to convene for the Pre-Convention meeting in October. Visit the Deaneries page to find current officers and deanery information.

deanery map


This schedule is a draft. Some details may change.

FridaySaturdayFloor plan
Before Convention
9:30 AM Staff, volunteers arrive
10:30 AM Exhibitors and vendors may begin setting up
12:00 PM Registration, credentialing, and hospitality (exhibits open)
1:00 PM Rehearsal for those serving in the Eucharist
2:00 PM Topical Q&A – Budget, Legal, Constitution and Canons

Convention begins
2:30 PM  Business session, including the bishop’s address
4:00 PM Break
4:30 PM Business Session
5:45 PM Convention recesses
6:00 PM Dinner
6:45 PM Transition to worship
7:00 PM Eucharist
8:30 PM Events conclude for the evening

7:30 AM Staff and volunteers arrive
8:00 AM Registration and Certification of delegates (exhibits open)
9:00 AM  Business session called to order
9:30 AM  Bishop Eugene Sutton
10:30 AM  Break (exhibits open)
11:00 AM  Business session called to order
12:00 PM  LUNCH (exhibits open)
1:00 PM  Business session called to order
1:30 PM  Living Room Conversation
2:45 PM  Break
3:00 PM  Mapdash and Mission
3:45 PM  Reports
4:00 PM  Closing announcements

Following adjournment, the Standing Committee and Disciplinary Board each meet to elect officers.

Decatur Convention Center floorplan