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Leadership and Organization - Convention, Councils, Canons and Committees
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Council of Nicaea, 325 C.E.
Portion of Icon from the Mégalo Metéoron Monastery in Greece
Diocesan Organization Chart - May 2010

Bodies in this Diocese  

  • Board of Trustees and Diocesan Corporation
    With the changes to the diocesan Constitution and Canons in 2007, the functions of Diocesan Corporation and Diocesan Council were combined, and the Corporation is served by members of a Board of Trustees.  The Diocesan Corporation administers the real property and other assets of the diocese, and acts on behalf of Diocesan Convention in-between meetings of Convention to develop and implement the policies, programs, and budget approved and adopted by Convention.
    • Finance Committee
      The existence of a Finance Committee is mandated by the Constitution of the national church. In this diocese, the Finance Committee operates under the guidance of the Board of Trustees.
  • Diocesan Conventions
    Diocesan Convention is the central governing body of the Diocese and as such establishes, maintains, and amends the Constitution and Canons of the diocese. For a description of "Powers of Diocesan Conventions," click on the link.
  • Constitution and Canons
    The Constitution and Canons are the written rules governing diocesan policy, structure and procedure. They must be in conformance with the Constitution and Canons of the national church.
  • Deaneries
    Deaneries are regional groupings of parishes in the diocese established per Canon 10 of the Diocesan Constitution and Canons.  One of their functions is to election regional representatives to various diocesan bodies.
  • Standing Committee
    The Standing Committee is one of three diocesan bodies whose existence is mandated by the Constitution of the national church, the others being the Finance Committee and the Commission on Ministry.  Among other duties, when a diocese has no bishop in authority, the Standing Committee becomes the ecclesiastical authority of the diocese.   When a bishop is in authority, the Standing Committee acts as chief Council of Advice to the bishop.
  • Other Committees and Commissions
    A variety of other commissions and committees support the work of the diocese, most in a non-governance capacity.  Some are canonical bodies, i.e. chartered via a canon in the Constitution and Canons, and others are non-canonical.
  • Canon to the Ordinary for for Finance and Administration
    Directs the administration, and manages the business affairs and finances of the Diocese to ensure that the Bishop and all diocesan programs have adequate resources to realize ministry development and advancement - including providing guidance in areas of deployment, staffing and mission programs.  The Diocesan Administrator is directly accountable to the Ecclesiastical Authority/Bishop, working closely with, and supporting the activities of, the Secretary, Treasurer, and Chancellor of the Diocese.
  • Canon to the Ordinary for Congregational Development
    This Canon effects mission and multicultural development  in congregations in the Diocese. The Canon for Congregational Development will work with the Bishop, the Canon for Finance and Administration and relevant committees to develop and grow congregations and missions, the multi-cultural identity of El Camino Real, and the spiritual leadership of the diocese both lay and clergy, helping us all to be equipped for significant transformational ministry throughout the diverse population we serve.


Officers - The officers of the Diocese are:

  • Bishop
    The Bishop, also known as the "Ordinary," is the head of the Diocese, both legally as the Ecclesiastical Authority and Chairperson of the Corporation, and Spiritually as the Chief Pastor.
  • Chancellor
    Legal advisor to the Diocese and works closely with the bishop.  In this advisory capacity, the chancellor covers both issues arising under the Constitution and Canons as well as temporal matters that may arise.  The chancellor is not a litigator for the Diocese.
  • Secretary
    The Secretary is ex officio Secretary of the convention and is responsible for the minutes and other records of Convention as well as other canon-mandated responsibilities.
  • Treasurer
    The Treasurer has custody of all funds belonging to the Diocese and is responsible for paying budget approved bills and for investing funds as authorized by the Board of Trustees.

Diocesan Bodies Required by the National Constitution or Canons

The following are the bodies a diocese is required to have, and in parentheses, where the requirement can be found in the National Constitution and Canons:

  • Bishop (Article II, Section 1)
  • Commission on Ministry (Title III, Canon 2, Section 1)
  • Deputies (Article I, Section 4)
  • (Council deleted from National C&C)
  • Diocesan Review Committee (Title IV, Canon 3(A), Section 1)
  • Ecclesiastical Court (Title IV, Canon 4(A), Section 1)
  • Finance Committee (Title I, Canon 7, Section 2)
  • Secretary deleted from National C&C
  • Standing Committee (Article IV, Title I, Canon 12)


The following are some of the former bodies of the Diocese:

  • Strategic Planning Commission (archived)
    Established by Resolution in 1997 and dissolved in 2005.  The SPC administered, monitored and refined the Diocesan Strategic Plan.  This included creating assessment tools and gathering assessments from parishes, missions and other diocesan entities.  The 2004 report includes an assessment of the diocesan structure and how different bodies relate to each other.  The SPC reported to Diocesan Convention annually during it's tenure.
    • Steering Committee
      The Steering Committee of the Diocese of El Camino Real was established by Diocesan Convention in the Strategic Plan adopted in convention in January 2002. The Steering Committee was composed of the bishop and two members of each major elected body of the diocese.
  • Executive Committee (archived)
    A temporary body called the "Leadership Group," a/k/a "Executive Committee," was established during Bishop Shimpfky's medical leave in early 2003. 
  • Joint Process Committee (archived)
    When the Second Bishop of El Camino Real announced his intention to retire in 2003, the Standing Committee proposed, and the Diocesan Council and the Diocesan Corporation approved, the formation of a Joint Process Committee to prepare for the election. This Joint Process Committee consisted of representatives from the Standing Committee, Diocesan Council and Diocesan Corporation.
  • Diocesan Evaluation and Structure Committee (archived)
    The Diocesan Evaluation and Structure Committee (DESC) was been charged by the Standing Committee to provide an update to the diocesan evaluation, as required every five years by canon law. DESC analyzed and made recommendations to Diocesan Convention 2006, Session 2, for changes to diocesan structure, and provide recommendations on funding alternatives that support the preferred structure.
  • Diocesan Council (archived)
    Diocesan Council acted on behalf of Diocesan Convention in-between meetings of Convention to develop and implement the policies, programs, and budget approved and adopted by Convention.  This is now part of the function of the Board of Trustees.