Building up the Body

The 39th Annual Diocesan Convention

November 12 & 13, 2021

September 28 memo from the Bishop

Once again, check the date of your Deanery meeting and consider nominating someone to represent your Deanery on Executive Council. (See below.) Look over the documents linked at left before the meeting. A representative of the Finance Committee will be present to answer questions about the proposed budget and assessments.


All ministry reports will be posted online on Monday, Nov. 8. An e-mail link to the reports will be sent on that date. Moving these reports online will help make the Convention business meeting more efficient.


While we previously announced that Archbishop Mouneer Anis would be with us on Saturday, there has been a change in his plans. We pray that he will be able to visit the Diocese at another time.


I look forward to Convention and the opportunity to gather together once again as a Diocese.

To the clergy and elected lay delegates of the Diocese,


This update includes all the information you will need to prepare for your October Deanery Meeting and the Convention itself, including:



No proposed resolutions were submitted for the Convention’s consideration. Be sure to take a copy of the materials listed above to your Deanery meeting for reference; bring them with you to the Convention business meeting as well. [Click on the links in the blue box above to view and download documents.]


Friday's dinner is the only meal planned for the Convention. We plan for the Saturday meeting to conclude in a timely fashion without the need for lunch reservations. Friday’s dinner will be hosted by the Brotherhood of St. Andrew and benefits SOMA USA. You may make dinner reservations using the form linked at the top of the page, or you may reserve online with a credit card or bank account.


Read the Reports to the Convention

September 7 memo from the Bishop

To the clergy and elected lay delegates of the Diocese,


As we emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic and nearly two years of sacrifice and loss, there is yet much for which we can give thanks, and much to be done to proclaim the Gospel and be good stewards of our many blessings. We will continue with some of the changes made last year to expedite our Saturday business meeting, but we will return to our practice of gathering in one location for worship, fellowship, and necessary business.

The 39th Annual Diocesan Convention will begin with Holy Eucharist at 5 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 12, at our host parish, St. Peter & St. Paul in Arlington. I am pleased to announce that Canon Alan Hawkins, the bishop-elect of the Diocese of Christ our Hope (based in Durham, NC), will be our preacher. A reception and dinner in the parish hall will follow the service, from about 6:30 p.m. onward.

The business meeting begins at 9 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 13, again in the parish hall. Registration opens that morning at 7:45 a.m., and Morning Prayer will be said in the church at 8:30. A block of rooms has been reserved at the nearby Hilton Garden Inn for those who may need overnight accommodations.


Our Convention theme this year is “Building up the Body.” A main focus of our time together will be the introduction and launch of the Strategic Plan for the growth of the Diocese. The plan has four “pillars”: Revitalization, Church Planting, Multicultural/Immigrant Ministry, and Ministry to the Next Generation.


The Strategic Plan structure is reflected in the proposed 2022 budget. which will be published after its approval by the Executive Council. Be sure to look at the budget documents before attending your Deanery Meeting in October; that is the forum for discussion and questions about this year's budget process.


Other Convention business will include several amendments to the diocesan Constitution and Canons, and the election of members to fill positions of diocesan leadership. Once again, all reports of ministry leaders will be available in text and/or video formats on the diocesan Web site before the Convention begins. You will be able to review them either before or after the business meeting.

At this time nominations are open for the following elective positions:


•  Standing Committee (clerical order) – elect one
    Standing Committee (lay order) – elect one


•  Ecclesiastical Trial Court (lay order) – elect one
•  Ecclesiastical Trial Court (clerical order) – elect one


See below for information about Executive Council openings, which will be filled at the October pre-Convention Deanery meetings.


Nomination forms can be found at the link at the top of this page. There is also a form for submitting a proposed Resolution to the Convention, and another for clergy to use when making the annual Necrology Report. Each form includes additional  instructions. It may also be helpful to consult the Standing Rules of Procedure for Conventions. The deadline for submission of nominations and resolutions is Tuesday, Sept. 21; necrology reports are due Friday, Oct. 29.


The slate of nominees for Standing Committee and Trial Court will be published on Tuesday, Sept. 28, along with the proposed 2022 budget and assessment materials, and the Report of the Committee on Constitution and Canons. Dinner reservations will open on that date as well.


Together with the diocesan staff, I look forward to gathering with you for this 39th Annual Convention, and I ask God's blessing on all our preparations.



Hotel Accommodations

Deanery Meeting Dates

The Hilton Garden Inn at 521 E. I-20 in Arlington, has arranged a guest room rate of $149 (plus tax) for a king or $159 (plus tax) for a double queen room. The hotel is located on the westbound frontage road between Matlock and S. Collins Streets.


You are encouraged to make a reservation online. Near the top of the page, use the “Special Rates” box and insert “EDFTW.” If you reserve by phone (817-557-8233), mention the EDFTW code. Reservations made after Oct. 22 will be based on room availability and charged at the  hotel's prevailing rates. Since this is a home game weekend for the Cowboys, rates in the area are higher than normal.


If you must cancel a reservation, please do so by midnight on Nov. 11 to avoid being charged. Check-in begins at 3 p.m. Check-out time is 12 noon.

   Eastern Deanery
       Oct. 18  @ 6:30 p.m., St. Laurence, Southlake

  Fort Worth East Deanery
       Oct. 12 @ 7 p.m.,  St. John's, Fort Worth

   Fort Worth West Deanery
Oct. 12 @ 7 p.m., St. Anne's, Fort Worth

   Northern Deanery
        Oct. 7 @ 7 p.m., Ascension & St. Mark, Bridgeport

   Southern Deanery
Oct. 14 @ 7 p.m., Holy Comforter, Cleburne

   Western Deanery
Oct. 10 @ 4:30 p.m., St. Luke’s, Mineral Wells


Deanery Meetings and Executive Council elections

As a representative of your parish, it is important that you attend your pre-Convention Deanery Meeting in October. This will be your opportunity to review the proposed 2022 budget and assessments,  discuss proposed changes to the Constitution and Canons, and elect representatives to the Executive Council.


Elected delegates have seat, voice, and vote in Deanery Meetings. Those elected as alternates should make every effort to attend as well, since they may be called upon to serve at Convention. Visitors do not have voice or vote.  As you prepare, it may be helpful to review Canon 35.


You are encouraged to participate in the process of nominating qualified persons to represent your Deanery on the Executive Council. The Council meets approximately four times each year, on weekday afternoons. Terms of office are three years; two consecutive terms may be served. You may nominate any qualified person, including yourself.


A list of openings by Deanery is below. To nominate someone to fill a position in your Deanery, use the Executive Council Nomination Form and submit it to your Dean at least one week prior to your Deanery's October meeting date.

Executive Council openings by Deanery


Elect one (1) clergy person for a three (3) year term.

   Fr. Jacob Worley, the incumbent, is eligible for re-election

Representatives still in office:

    Tom Ward (2022)

    Paul Prater (2023)



Elect one (1) lay person for a three (3) year term.

    Christine Martin, the incumbent, is eligible for re-election.

Representatives still in office:

    Dave Wilson (2022)

    Fr. Chris Culpepper (2023)



Elect one (1) lay person for a three (3) year term.

    Robert Boyer, the incumbent, is eligible for re-election.

Representatives still in office:

    Fr. Alan Horton (2022)

    Joe Hodges (2023)



Elect one (1) lay person for a three (3) year term.

    Alan Jackson, the incumbent, is eligible for re-election.

Representatives still in office:

    Fr. Keith Roberson (2022)

    Susan Morris (2023)



Elect one (1) lay person for a three (3) year term.

    Jimmy Henry, the incumbent, is NOT eligible for re-election.

Representatives still in office:

    Kyle Riley (2022)

    Fr. Michael Mobley (2023)




Elect one (1) clergy person for a three (3) year term.

    Fr. Donald Sackett, the incumbent, is eligible for re-election.

Representatives still in office:

    Larry Mills (2022)

    Paulette Sackett (2023)

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