Convention delegates play a critical role in connecting the diocese to congregations. At diocesan convention, delegates approve the diocesan budget, elect leaders for key commissions and discuss matters ranging from internal policy decisions to public policy positions. Delegates also gather for worship together. The bishop delivers a keynote address during convention that typically shares information about ministries across the diocese as well as plans for new initiatives.
The job of a delegate begins at election in the local congregation. Delegates should make an effort to follow diocesan news and to learn about ministries, activities and issues in other congregations (Subscribe to e-Connections). In the month before convention, they should carefully read the information on the website and printed in Connections (www.dsoconnections.org) This includes proposed resolutions and budget as well as biographical information about nominees.
All delegates are expected to attend a regional pre-convention meeting. The bishop presides at these meetings, and this is the opportunity for casual conversation and questions about resolutions or the budget.
After convention, delegates are expected to report back to the local congregations on the actions and decisions.