Lay Delegate Certification

Each year, the official Lay Delegate Count is prepared, according to the diocesan Constitution and Canons*, through the Rev. Chris Caddell, Diocesan Secretary.

Please refer to the 2020 Lay Delegate Count to determine the number of delegates your congregation may certify, according to Diocesan Canon 1, Section 1b*. Do not include clergy attending Council when counting or electing lay delegates.

Certification and registration for delegates are two different processes. In order to certify your lay delegates, in accordance with the diocesan Constitution and Canons, the clergy or lay person in charge of your congregation must complete and sign three copies of the Lay Delegate Certification Form.

The completed and signed forms should be sent to the diocesan bishop, the diocesan secretary, and the Council Registration Chair, see addresses below. Certificates are due no later than February 1, 2020, and may be submitted sooner.

Completed Lay Delegate Certification Forms for Council 2020 must be sent to three locations, by February 1, 2020:

  • one copy to the Bishop’s Office
    mail to:
    Episcopal Diocese of West Texas; Attn: Leigh Saunders; P.O. Box 6885; San Antonio, TX 78209, or
    email to: leigh.saunders@dwtx.org, or
    fax to: (210) 824-1312
  • one copy to the office of the Diocesan Secretary
    mail to: the Rev. Chris Caddell; Attn: Council 2020 Certification; 301 Hays Country Acres Road; Dripping Springs, TX 78620-4282, or
    email to: rector@dsholyspirit.org
  • one copy to the Council Registration Host Church
    mail to: The Rev. Jonathan Wickham; Attn: Council 2020 Certification; 3026 S Staples Street; Corpus Christi, TX 78404-3610, or
    email to: parish@allsaints-cc.org

For any questions about certifying your delegates, please contact the Rev. Chris Caddell, Rector of Holy Spirit Episcopal Church, Dripping Springs, at rector@dsholyspirit.org.

*According to the Constitution and Canons of the Episcopal Diocese of West Texas, “lay delegates and alternates shall be men or women communicants of the congregation which they represent, in good standing,” and “each congregation, in union with the Council, shall be entitled to one delegate for every 50 persons, or portion thereof, reported for Average Sunday Attendance (ASA) in the Annual Parochial Report” (Canon 1, section 1b). The canon continues to say that every mission or parish is entitled to at least 2 delegates and 2 alternates, regardless of ASA, and parishes are entitled to 1 additional delegate and alternate.

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