Canon XV: The Commission On Ministry

Canon XV: The Commission On Ministry

Section 1. The Bishop Diocesan shall nominate to the Annual Convention fourteen persons, clerical and lay, of whom not more than eight shall be from the same order. All members of the Commission shall be clergy canonically resident or lay communicants of this Diocese. Upon confirmation by the vote of the Annual Convention the nominees shall constitute the Commission on Ministry.

Section 2. The members of the Commission shall serve for terms of one year and may be renominated and confirmed annually provided that no member shall serve more than six terms in succession.

Section 3. The Bishop Diocesan shall be a member ex officio of the Commission. The Bishop Coadjutor or Bishop or Bishops Suffragan, if there be such, may be appointed by the Bishop Diocesan as additional members.

Section 4. Vacancies in the Commission membership occurring between Annual Conventions shall be filled by appointment by the Bishop with the advice and consent of the Standing Committee.

Section 5. The duties of the Commission shall be those set forth in the Canons of the General Convention and such other duties as the Bishops may appropriately assign.

Section 6. The Commission on Ministry shall have the power to adopt rules for its work subject to the approval of the Bishops provided the same are not inconsistent with the Canons of the General Convention and the Canons of this Diocese. Subject to the approval of the Bishops, the Commission on Ministry shall have authority to appoint such committees from and beyond its membership as it may find necessary to act on its behalf; provided, however, that ultimate responsibility shall remain with the Commission as a whole to report to the Bishops concerning an applicant’s fitness for admission as a Postulant or Candidate, and, if requested by the Bishops, for ordination to the Diaconate and to the Priesthood.