We encourage nominations to be submitted through the online Elected Offices Nomination for Council 2024. If you need assistance submitting your online nomination form, you may call the diocesan office, at (210/888) 824-5387.
Nomination forms are due no later than November 3, 2023. All persons recommended must be 18 years-of-age or older and must be communicants within the convocation from which they are being nominated. Nominees are not required to attend Diocesan Council in order to be considered.
Council 2024 will convene in-person February 22 - 24, at the Convention Center in San Marcos, TX. Clergy, as well as lay delegates will assemble to hear ministry reports, conduct the annual business of the Diocese, worship together, participate in workshops, and share fellowship.
No printed copies of the Booklet will be provided at Council. The Council 2024 Booklet will published online in January 2024 and distributed to lay delegates, alternates, and clergy for review during the Pre-Council Meetings.
Delegate and Clergy Certification and Registration: Certification and registration (price to be announced) for lay delegates, alternates, clergy, and clergy spouses must be completed using the online forms sent to church offices.
Church offices will be invoiced by the office for their group of clergy, clergy spouse(s), alternates, and delegates after certification is submitted. Contact email@example.com or (210) 824-5387 with questions regarding certification or registration.
Guest Registration: Two guest registration options are available. Guest registration (price to be announced) for all or most of Council includes a Sip'n'Shop reception with hors d'oeuvres, hospitality snack offerings, and the Bishop's luncheon with guest speaker. Guests may also choose to attend Saturday only (price to be announced) for the Bishop Coadjutor election.
Childcare Registration: Onsite childcare is available for infants through ten years old children of lay delegates, alternates, clergy, and Council volunteers during Council Business sessions and activities. Each day will include activities and snacks/meals. Pre-registration for each day is required, so the hosts can plan appropriately.
Exhibitor Registration: Exhibitor Registration is open online, with several booth options available. Thursday evening, a Sip 'n Shop social event will highlight the many vendors in the Exhibit Hall with hors d’oeuvres, drinks, cash bar, and featuring the Gold Sponsor Exhibitors.
The Parochial Reports and Diocesan Year-End Reports will be made available in December and due by February 1, 2024. It is very important that all churches complete all five reports listed below, regardless of whether they have new information to submit.
More information and instructions for each report is available on the Reporting to the Diocese page.
The Episcopal Diocese of West Texas will reserve a two-night block of rooms (Thursday and Friday nights, Feb. 22 and 23) in the Embassy Suites by Hilton for clergy, delegates, and alternates attending Council 2024. Guest room reservations must be completed by February 2.
Please confirm the reservation start and end dates reflect your travel preferences before making your reservation. Council 2024 will begin Thursday, February 22 and conclude Saturday, February 24. The default website reservation dates may extend beyond the two nights necessary for Council 2024. Also, be advised that a one-night deposit per room will be required at the time of making the reservation.
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Questions regarding Council hotel reservations may be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The diocesan office will host several online Pre-Council meetings for clergy and lay delegates, via Zoom. These meetings will be required for clergy as well as lay delegates and alternates, in order to review and practice the online voting system as well as preview the usual business items including the proposed diocesan budgets, resolutions, and nominations for elected offices of the Diocese.
Each Pre-Council meeting will take place from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Zoom log-in information will be communicated to churches, delegates, and clergy in January. Lay delegates, alternates, or clergy who cannot attend their assigned meeting may contact email@example.com to receive the Zoom Meeting link for a different date and be added to the voting practice group for that night.
Click here to save a list of the churches in each convocation.
Live Spanish translation will be available for clergy and lay delegates.
Council in Action is an opportunity for the Episcopal Diocese of West Texas and Council participants to serve the community where Council takes place. The Council in Action recipient is identified by the Council Host Church and will be announced at a later date.
Each year, Diocesan Council is the vehicle through which the Episcopal Diocese of West Texas conducts the business of the diocese under its Canons and Constitution. At Council we elect diocesan leadership to the Executive Board, the Standing Committee, the Episcopal Church Corporation, the TMI Episcopal Board of Governors, and trustees of Sewanee: the University of the South. Every third year, Council will also elect deputies and alternates to attend the next General Convention and any Synod meeting of the Province of the Southwest (Province VII).
As Christian people we are accountable for the right use of the gifts and skills with which our Father has blessed us. We are called to elect leaders who will help the bishops in guiding the diocesan body, to budget the resources we have been given wisely, and to report back to the people.
Council will also receive and adopt diocesan budgets for the upcoming year, hear reports from ministries, and receive the written reports of all diocesan committees, commissions, and departments.
The 2024 Council Booklet will be published online in January. The Council Booklet will include Council event information, the Proposed Diocesan Budgets, Report of the Nominations Committee, Resolutions, and other event details.
No printed copies of the Council Booklet will be provided at Council. Printable versions will be linked below, to be saved to your browser's Downloads folder and printed from home or church offices, if needed.
A folder of the Reports by Title submitted to Dispatch of Business be linked here in February.
Questions about Diocesan Council may be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.