The Standing Committee is one of the three governing bodies of the Diocese, along with Diocesan Council and the Trustees. The Standing Committee has the following specific responsibilities:
- Serves as the Bishop’s Council of Advice, bringing diocesan concerns to the Bishop’s attention and responding to the Bishop’s own thoughts and concerns
- Designs and manages the search and election process when a new bishop is needed
- Deals with property matters. All parish decisions to sell or encumber property must be approved by the Standing Committee
- Gives consent to candidacy and ordination of deacons and priests in the diocese and to the election of bishops in other dioceses of The Episcopal Church
- Fulfills all functions required of it by the Constitution and Canons of The Episcopal Church & of the Diocese
- Serves as the Ecclesiastical Authority when there is no Bishop
Standing Committee members serve for a four-year term working collaboratively with the Bishop for the welfare of the Diocese. Lay Standing Committee members must be adult communicants of The Episcopal Church in good standing. Clerical members must be entitled to a seat at Diocesan Convention.
The Standing Committee meets at 9:30 a.m. on the third Monday of the month. Meeting locations used are Trinity Commons, Bellwether Farm, and Zoom. The meeting time and location may be adjusted by consensus of members. Members attend an evening meeting during the annual retreat of the Commission on Ministry. Occasionally, members are asked to attend Diocesan regional meetings.
To assist transition, the November Standing Committee meeting begins with a joint session between outgoing and newly elected members immediately following the close of Convention. New members also receive a summary of the previous year’s minutes and the annual report submitted at Convention.
There are two officers, President and Secretary, who serve in their fourth year of service. It is customary to rotate the roles between clergy and lay Members. In 2025 (the fourth year of service for those elected in 2021), the lay member would serve as President; the clergy member would serve as Secretary.
In compliance with the 201st
Diocesan Convention Resolution R-2, all Diocesan elected office holders are required to receive anti-racism training within one year of their assuming office.
Gifts, Experiences, and Skills
- The Diocese will benefit from Standing Committee members who are constructive; who know both when to listen and when to speak; and who will respect the diverse views both of this body and of the diocese
- Standing Committee members need to become familiar with the Constitution and Canons of The Episcopal Church and the Diocese of Ohio
- The Standing Committee benefits from having members drawn from parishes that are diverse in size and location
- Developed process to conduct business remotely using Zoom
- Held in-person Saturday retreat with the Bishop at Bellwether Farm
- Developed a parish guide for encumbrances and alienation of real property