2020 offices for election

Nominations are now being accepted for leadership in the Diocese of Southern Ohio. The offices are listed below, along with the number of people to be elected in 2020.

Nomination in the Diocese of Southern Ohio is generally self-submitted. All nominees must fill out a nomination form to be placed into consideration. In addition to responding to the questions on the nomination form, nominees will be expected to participate in an online nominee forum on October 27, 2020.

Budget Committee

Budget Committee members are responsible for preparing and reviewing the annual operating budget of the diocese. Primary work occurs in the spring, with collection and review of budget requests.

In 2020, we will elect:

  • One layperson for a three-year term (Class of 2023)
  • One layperson for a one-year  unexpired term (Class of 2021)

Diocesan Council

Diocesan Council members play a critical role in the governance of the diocese, acting as the “convention-between-conventions”. Members review the budget and mission share review requests, follow implementation of convention resolutions and work with the bishop on ministry and mission decisions in the diocese. Diocesan Council meets six times per year (or as called) typically at the Procter Center.

In 2020, we will elect:

  • Two clergy for a three-year term (Class of 2023)
  • Three laypersons for a three-year term (Class of 2023)

Disciplinary Board

The Disciplinary Board is called to carry out the duties described in Title IV.5.1 of the Episcopal Church. They convene only when needed.

In 2020, we will elect:

  • One layperson for a three-year term (Class of 2023)

Standing Committee

Standing Committee serves as the bishop’s council of advice. It shares responsibility for the ordination process, is consulted for consent for the election and consecration of new bishops in the church and reviews requests from congregations to encumber their property. This group also carries out a mutual ministry review with the bishop. The committee meets monthly, primarily at Diocesan House or the Procter Center.

In 2020, we will elect:

  • One clergy for a three-year term (Class of 2023)
  • One layperson for a three-year term (Class of 2023)

Trustees of the Church Foundation

The Trustees of the Church Foundation are responsible for administering loans and funds for church buildings as well as some oversight over diocesan-owned properties. Trustees meet quarterly, with the location rotating around the diocese.

In 2020, we will elect:

  • One layperson OR clergy for a five-year term (Class of 2025)

Trustees of the diocese

Trustees of the diocese (also known as the Procter trustees) is the group responsible for management of diocesan and certain other investments and property owned by the diocese; and for serving as the board of advisors to the bishop on administration of the William Cooper Procter Memorial Fund. Trustees meet quarterly, typically in Cincinnati.

In 2020, we will elect:

  • One layperson OR clergy for a five-year term (Class of 2025)

Procter Center Board of Directors

Procter Center’s Board of Directors is accountable to the bishop for all aspects of the day-to-day operation of the center in coordination with the center’s three stakeholders; i.e., the Church Foundation. the Trustees of the Diocese & Diocesan Council.

In 2020, we will elect:

  • One layperson or clergy for a three-year term (Class of 2023)

Deputies to General Convention

Diocesan conventions elect deputies as members of the House of Deputies of the Episcopal Church’s triennial General Convention. The General Convention sets the mission priorities, budget and policies of the Episcopal Church for the next three years. It approves changes to the Church’s Constitution and Canons, and broadly defines the standards of worship.

Deputies and bishops cannot be instructed to vote one way or another by their diocese. They agree to come to General Convention with an open heart so that they can prayerfully listen to others and be led by the Holy Spirit. And, they cannot refuse to vote on an issue.

Deputies to the 2021 General Convention were elected in 2019. Due to changes in clergy canonical residence for some clergy deputies, the first alternate has now been changed to 4th clergy deputy, leaving us just one clergy alternate. Therefore, in 2020, we will elect 3 clergy as alternate deputies to General Convention.