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The ministry policies established by the Episcopal Diocese of West Texas provide the basic framework for effective and efficient ministry within State and Federal law, as well as Church Canons, and without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability, or political affiliation. The Diocese has developed policies to provide directions to various ministries, based on the legal framework of the area in which it is relevant. In most cases, they are legally binding. Policies play a crucial role in the performance of those who carry out our ministry, whether they are clergy members, lay staff, or volunteers.

It is the expectation of the Episcopal Diocese of West Texas that all policies will be followed to the best ability of each leader and ministry. Exceptions to any policy, or portion of a policy, will only be granted by the Bishop in consultation with the Executive Board. No exceptions will be granted if any laws would be broken by such an exception.

Church Canons

Constitution and Canons of the Episcopal Diocese of West Texas

Constitution and Canons of The Episcopal Church

Diocesan Policies


Bishop's Visitation

Building Use

Compensation and Benefits

Visit the Compensation and Benefits page for current information about Plans, Coverage, Costs, and more.

Continuing Education

More information is available on the Continuing Education page.

Discretionary Fund

Lay Licensing

More information is available on the Lay Licensing page.



Open Carry

Safeguarding and Employment

More information is available on the Safeguarding page, and a list of forms for interviewing, hiring, and onboarding new employees is available on the New Employee Forms page.


If you wish to make a comment or suggestion, please contact Caroline Mowen, Canon for Administration and Ministry Support at 210-547-4009.


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