Governance and Administration

The Diocesan Convention is held each year and is composed of Clergy and Lay Delegates from around the diocese. Delegates vote on proposed resolutions and elections to diocesan bodies. Learn more.
The Constitution and Canons are the rules governing the diocese and of the Episcopal church.

Diocese of Bethlehem Constitution effective September 30, 2017

Diocese of Bethlehem Canons effective October 12, 2018

2018 Constitution and Canons of the Episcopal Church

The Commission on Ministry assists and advises the bishop in the design and oversight of the process for those discerning ordained and lay ministry; in implementing Title III of the canons of the Episcopal Church; and in the development and support of the ministry of all baptized persons. Learn more.

The Standing Committee is the body of lay and clergy members of the Diocese elected by the annual Diocesan Convention and authorized by the Canons of the Episcopal Church as the Bishop’s Council of Advice. The Standing Committee advises the Bishop or gives consent in matters of the disposition of property, ecclesiastical discipline, the election and consecration of Bishops, and in matters involving candidates for ordained ministry. In the absence of a Diocesan Bishop, the Standing Committee is canonically authorized to act as the Ecclesiastical Authority of the Diocese. Learn more.

The Diocesan Council is the executive agency of the Convention of the Diocese in between meetings of the Convention. Its responsibilities include developing a Diocesan mission strategy, developing and maintaining programs to implement the mission, reviewing the strategy and reporting to Diocesan Convention, preparing the Diocesan budget, and setting policy for the diocese. Learn more.