Governance of the Episcopal Church in Connecticut (ECCT) includes bishops, an annual convention, canonically required committees and councils, and the Constitution & Canons of ECCT as well as those of The Episcopal Church.

The ecclesiastical authority for the Episcopal Church in Connecticut (ECCT) is its diocesan bishop. In that person’s absence, authority lies with the bishop suffragan first in order of ordinations, the bishop suffragan second in ordination, and in the absence of any other bishops, authority lies with the Standing Committee, an elected committee of lay and clergy members.

The business of the Diocese is conducted at the Annual Convention, held in October or November. All canonically resident clergy are required to attend and each parish elects two delegates who attend. Both lay and ordained participate in deliberations and vote on resolutions including the budget.

Between sessions of the convention, Mission Council meets to conduct the business of ECCT. Members are selected from the six geographic Regions through a process determined by the Region and include one clergy and one lay from each. Nine additional members are elected from Ministry Networks at Annual Convention. Mission Council serves as “Convention in Recess,” and its members serve staggered three-year terms.

A quarterly Leadership Gathering is held made up of of members of Standing Committee, Mission Council, the Commission on Ministry, and the Board of Donations & Bequests.

ECCT has its own Constitution and Canons that govern our common life. 

Questions about the Constitutions and Canons?

If you have any questions regarding the Constitution and Canons or would like to have input on the ongoing work of the Commission on Faith & Order regarding the Constitution and Canons, please contact the Secretary of the Diocese.