Canon VIII: The Mission Council of the Diocese

Canon VIII: The Mission Council of the Diocese

Section 1. The Mission Council of the Diocese shall be composed of:

A) Two members, one clerical and one lay, determined by each Region, each to serve a three-year term;

B) Nine members, clerical or lay, from Ministry Networks, elected by Convention upon the nomination of the Bishop, each to serve a three-year term; the Bishop shall nominate for election from Ministry Networks at least 2 candidates more than the number of positions to be filled;

C) The Bishop Diocesan, the Bishop Coadjutor, if there be one, and the Bishops Suffragan, if there be any, ex officio;

D) The Treasurer of the Diocese, the Assistant Treasurer of the Diocese, if there be one, the Secretary of the Diocese, the Secretary of Convention, and the Chancellor of the Diocese, ex officio.

Section 2. The members of the Mission Council, except those serving ex officio, shall be organized into three classes of as equal number as possible, the election of which shall be staggered. Members of the Mission Council shall be adult members of the Church, as defined by the Canons. Terms of members of the Mission Council shall start on January 1 of the year following their election. Members who have served a full term on the Mission Council may be elected to one additional term. The Mission Council shall have the authority to fill vacancies in its membership for the period remaining until the next Annual Convention upon the nomination by the Bishop.

Section 3. The Mission Council shall exercise the full power and authority of the Convention between its sessions except in relation to amendments to the Constitution and Canons, the adoption of the Budget of Convention, the admission of new parishes, or such other matters as may be reserved by Constitution or Canon to the Annual Convention, or the Bishops, or the Standing Committee, or when any such action would be inconsistent with any action or directives of the Convention.

Section 4. The Mission Council shall have the power to adopt such bylaws, rules, and regulations as may be necessary for its own government, subject to the provisions of the Constitution and Canons of the Diocese of Connecticut. The Mission Council shall hold stated meetings and shall make and preserve a full record of all its acts. The Bishop Diocesan, the Bishop Coadjutor, if there be one, the Bishops Suffragan, if there be any, and the President of the Standing Committee if the Standing Committee has become the Ecclesiastical Authority in accordance with the Diocesan Constitution, shall serve in that order as the Presiding Officer at meetings of the Mission Council. All meetings of the Mission Council may be conducted in person or by any means of audio or visual systems by which all participants may simultaneously communicate with each other during the meeting. An individual participating in a Mission Council meeting by means of audio or visual systems that permit simultaneous communication with the other participants shall be deemed to be present at the meeting.

Section 5. The Mission Council shall constitute a Finance Committee and may constitute from time to time such other committees as it deems advisable and may appoint persons not members of the Mission Council to serve on such committees, or to perform such other services as may be required. At least one member of the Mission Council shall serve on each committee of the Mission Council.

Section 6. The Mission Council shall submit to each Annual Convention a report of its work since the previous Annual Convention. The report shall also contain an itemized statement for the preceding calendar year of all receipts and disbursements, a statement of all trust funds and other property in its possession or under its control, and a detailed statement of the salaries, if any, paid to each of its officers. This report shall be made available to all members before the Annual Convention.

Section 7. The Mission Council shall submit to the Annual Convention for its consideration and action a Budget of Convention representing all the work of the Diocese for the ensuing calendar year. This budget shall be made available to all members before the Annual Convention. The rate and basis of financial assessments laid by the Convention upon the several Parishes and Worshiping Communities shall be voted on by the Annual Convention. The Mission Council shall present an assessment proposal to the Annual Convention for all monies to be raised from Parishes and Worshiping Communities in the support of the Budget of Convention.

Section 8. The Mission Council may elect one or more Assistant Treasurers.

Section 9. The Mission Council shall establish human resource standards and procedures for personnel employed by the Diocese.