The Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth
Equipping the Saints for the Work of Ministry


The 29th Annual
Diocesan Convention

November 4 & 5, 2011 • Hosted by the Southern Deanery

Our Convention theme is



Get Ready
for Convention!
follow these steps

» Bookmark this page
» Check the calendar at right:
» Make a note of the convention dates and locations
» Make a note of your deanery's meeting date

» Which deanery is yours? Check the chart.

» Nominate someone in your deanery for a place on the Executive Council
» Make your meal reservations online or using the paper form. Go to the Forms page.
» Review the proposed 2012 diocesan Budget and Assessment Formula on the Budget page. Print a copy.
» Read the proposed amendment to Canon 35. Please print out a copy.
» Review the Nominees for Elective Office
» Optional: Make a hotel reservation
»Clergy: Submit your parish Necrology by Oct. 28.

» Review the Standing Rules of Procedure, the Bishop's Policies, and the Proposed Agenda


Good Shepherd Church Granbury Convention Center
Church of the Good Shepherd
Granbury Resort Conference Center

The 29th Annual Convention of the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth
will be held in Granbury, Texas, and hosted by the Southern Deanery.
Convention Calendar
Sept. 6  Nomination and Resolution forms due  
Oct. 6
7 p.m.

Fort Worth West Deanery meeting, St. Anne’s, Fort Worth

Oct. 10
6:30 p.m.
Eastern Deanery meeting, St. Peter & St. Paul, Arlington
Oct. 13
7 p.m.
Southern Deanery meeting, Good Shepherd, Granbury
Oct. 16
4 p.m.
Western Deanery meeting, All Saints, Weatherford
Oct. 18
7 p.m.
Fort Worth East Deanery meeting, St. John’s, Fort Worth
Oct. 20
6 p.m.
Northern Deanery meeting, Good Shepherd, Wichita Falls
Oct. 24  Meal reservations due
Oct. 28  Necrology reports due

Nov. 4

Opening Eucharist
Good Shepherd Church
3600 Fall Creek Highway
5 p.m.

Guest Preacher
Bishop Morales
The Rt. Rev. Alberto Morales
Ninth Bishop of Quincy

All delegates and clergy, please be in attendance.
(Clergy: Process in cassock,
surplice, and white stole.)

Reception and Dinner
Granbury Resort Conference Center
621 E. Pearl Street
beginning about 6:30 p.m.

Nov. 5
Plenary Business Session
Granbury Resort Conference Center

7:30 a.m.• Registration Opens
7:30 – 8:45 a.m. • Continental Breakfast
8:30 a.m. • Morning Prayer
9 a.m. • Convention Called to Order
Bishop’s Annual Address
Business of the Convention
Noon • Lunch
1 p.m. • Afternoon business session


Sept. 20, 2011

Convention News Update

Dear clergy and delegates,

We are just seven weeks away from Convention! Please be sure you have gone through the steps in the blue box at left. Also note the announcements and information below:

Proposed 2012 Budget and Assessment Formula

The proposed 2012 budget and assessment formula have been approved by the Executive Council. Copies are available on the Budget page (above). Please print these out and take them with you to your Pre-Convention Deanery meeting and to the Convention itself. If you have any questions about the budget or assessments, please ask your Executive Council representatives during your Pre-Convention Deanery meeting in October.

Nominees for Elective Office

We have a significant number of positions to fill at this year’s Convention, as follows:

Clerical Order
Lay Order
Standing Committee 1 member 1 member
Ecclesiastical Trial Court 1 member 1 member
ACNA Provincial Assembly* 3 delegates
3 delegates
3 alternate delegates 3 alternate delegates
3 youth delegates – either order

*The triennial ACNA Provincial Assembly is scheduled for June 7 - 10, 2012, in Ridgecrest, N.C.

See the Nominees page for information about all those who who are runnning for office. Be sure to print the page out for reference during the balloting process.


Friday’s dinner and Saturday's lunch will be catered for us at the Conference center. This year, for the first time, we are able to take reservations and payment online. It is still possible to mail a check as payment for your meals, if you prefer. To make your reservation(s) in either fashion, go to the Forms page. Those paying online will receive an e-mail confirmation of their reservations. Those paying by mail will have their canceled check as a receipt.

Overnight Accommodations

For those who wish to stay in Granbury, the Hilton Garden Inn at 635 E. Pearl Street – next door to the Granbury Resort Conference Center – is providing overnight accommodations for this year's convention at a special rate. Please make your reservations by Oct. 5 to guarantee room availability. For more details and other options, see the Reference page.


No resolutions are being placed before the convention at this time. Please refer to Articles 18 & 19 of the diocesan Constitution for rules regarding changes to the Constitution and Canons of the diocese.

Late submissions: Any resolution which shows on its face that it deals with matters arising after the deadline date (Sept. 6) may be considered by the Resolutions committee for action during the convention. See Rule 27 of the Standing Rules of Procedure. Please use the Resolution form when submitting a resolution.

Amendments to the Constitution and Canons

New: The Constitution and Canons Committee is recommending that the convention amend Canon 35, concerning Deaneries. Download, print, and read the proposed amendment here. (posted 10/3/2011)

Pre-Convention Deanery Meetings

Be sure to attend your Pre-Convention Deanery meeting! Meeting dates and locations are listed on the calendar at the top (right) of this page. Deanery meetings are open to all, but visitors will be seated separately from voting members. Clergy, convention delegates and Executive Council members have seat, voice, and vote in the pre-convention meetings held in their respective deaneries, and all are expected to attend. Visitors have neither voice nor vote unless called upon by the Dean to speak.

Openings on the Executive Council are filled by election at these October Deanery meetings. The term is for three years, beginning immediately after the Convention in November. Nominations should be submitted to the Dean at least one week prior to the day of the meeting. Plese use the Executive Council Nomination form from the Forms page. For your convenience, the form includes the names of Council members whose terms have not yet expired. Please refer to Canon 35 regarding Deaneries.

On the day of Convention

Clergy are to vest and process at the Friday Eucharist; all lay delegates are strongly encouraged to attend the service if possible.

For Saturday's plenary session, please bring your copy of the budget and assessment material, plus the Nominees page(s). Any additional printed material that you will need will be handed to you at registration.


Convention Officers and Committees

Resolutions Committee
The Rev. Edward Kresowaty– Chairman
The Rev. Dr. William Dickson
Mrs. Jo Ann Patton

Nominations Committee
The Rev. Jon Jenkins – Chairman
The Rev. Zeke Rogers
The Rev. Stuart Smith
The Rev. DeWayne Adams
Mr. Charles Warnky
Mrs. Judy Mayo
Mrs. Mary Sue Coffman
Mrs. Toby George

Dispatch of Business
The Very Rev. Scott Wooten

The Rev. Christopher Culpepper
The Rev. Mark Polley - assisting

Mr. David Weaver

The Rev. Jay Atwood

Secretary to Convention
The Rev. Christopher Cantrell





We’ll see you there!
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