As Christian people we are accountable for the right use of the gifts and skills with which our Father has blessed us. We are called to elect leaders who will help the bishops in guiding the diocesan body, to budget wisely and well the resource we have been given, and to report back to the people whom we serve.
Our Annual Diocesan Council is the vehicle through which we conduct the business of the diocese under its canons and constitution. At the 115th Council we will elect diocesan leadership to the Executive Board, the Standing Committee, The Episcopal Church Corporation, the trustees of TMI Episcopal, and trustees of the University of the South.
Every three years (Council 2020) Deputies & Alternate Deputies to General Convention and Delegates & Alternates Delegates to Synod of the Province of the Southwest (Province VII) are elected to attend those events. The Synod date and location is still to be determined. General Convention will be held in July 2021 at The Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore, MD (Diocese of Maryland).
Council will also receive and adopt diocesan budgets for 2019 and 2020 and will hear reports from several of our ministries as well as receive the written reports of all diocesan committees, commissions, and departments.