Nominations are now open for eight positions that will be filled at the 2018 Convention of the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth in Decatur, Texas, on November 9 and 10.
The Nominations Committee earnestly seeks participation from parishioners across the spectrum of our diocese.
The committee invites you to read, pray, and discern if you know someone to nominate for any of the elected positions described below. Please verify with the person you want to nominate whether they are willing to let their name stand. The deadline for online nominations is Monday, September 10, 2018, and nominations remain 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:
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 2018; members whose terms expire this year are Laura Fleming, Melinda Jo Ray, and Tony Hiatt.
The Standing Committee – one lay and one clergy member. The Standing Committee, which typically meets monthly, serves as the council of advice for the bishop, or if there is no bishop, they are the ecclesiastical authority of the diocese. Three priests and three lay persons serve for three years each (those elected in 2018 will complete their term in 2021) with one clergy and one lay member elected each year. No person may serve for more than two consecutive terms. Members whose terms are expiring are Jane Dennis and Kevin Johnson.
Trustee for the University of the South – one lay person. Length of term – three years (October 2019-2021). Duties include attending a 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 include Jill McClendon and Suzi Robertson (whose term will start in October). Suzanne Meyers’ term will expire in October 2019, just before next year’s Diocesan Convention, so we elect for that position in November of the current year, and the new trustee will start the following October.
Disciplinary Board – one clergy and one lay member. One clergy member and one lay member will be elected for three-year terms (expiring 2021). The Disciplinary Board meets as needed when called by the bishop. Those whose terms are expiring are Barbara Evans-Chowning and Scot McComas.
Online nominations are now closed.
Nominations after September 10
Any nominations after the closing date of Monday, September 10, 2018 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 appear in Canon I.188.8.131.52 “Nominations from the Floor,” in the Canons of the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth, found on the committee’s page, here.
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 make yourself available for a future nomination, please email the nominations committee at email@example.com to let them know of your interest, in case the bishop needs recommendations.
For more information on nominations, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.