The Council of Advice is a canonical committee that advises the Bishop in charge
The Convocation's canons call specifically for a “Council of Advice” to be elected at the Convocation's annual Convention. The Council consists of four
The Council of Advice traditionally meets four times a year: winter, spring (early summer), before Convention and immediately after Convention. There may also be telephone conferences between these face-to-face meetings. The meetings take place at various locations within the Convocation.
- to advise and support the Bishop on all important matters of policy.
- to care for the Bishop and hold him accountable for his total health.
- to prepare the annual budget for the Convocation, and oversee expenditures.
- to raise funds.
- to award grants.
- to be the voice and ears of the Convocation.
- to represent the Convocation on the parish level.
- to represent the members of the Convocation in our meetings.
- to pray for the Convocation.
- to seek God's will and mission in all we do.
Although The Convocation is not a diocese, as a practical matter, it does function much like one. The Council fulfills some of the functions ordinarily assigned to a diocesan 'Standing Committee,' as described in the Constitution and Canons of The Episcopal Church.
The Council acts:
- to give consent to the election and consecration of Episcopal Bishops
- to certify that candidates have met all canonical requirements for ordination to the diaconate and the priesthood.
- to give permission with the Bishop for congregations to take on debt and sell
- to approve changes to congregational bylaws and statutes.
Council of Advice Members