The Council of Advice
The Council of Advice is a canonical committee that advises the Bishop in charge in his carrying out his responsibilities in the Convocation.
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 clergy canonically resident in the Convocation and four laity who are active members of one of the Convocation's parishes or organized missions. Both clergy and laity are elected for a two-year term, or for the remainder of a resigned member's two-year term. Council members are eligible for one re-election. Members must first stand down for at least one year before seeking re-election. At the first meeting of a new Council, the members elect a Council President and the Council’s Recording Secretary.
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 in 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 property.
- to approve changes to congregational bylaws and statutes.