A deanery is a geographic grouping of congregations who collaborate on governance issues and ministry projects for their region. Each deanery elects a representative to the Executive Council of the diocese, which is the governing body that does the work of the Diocesan Convention during the rest of the year when the Convention is not in session.
There are five deaneries in The Episcopal Church in North Texas:
- Northern Deanery
- Southwestern Deanery
- Fort Worth East Deanery
- Fort Worth South Deanery
- Fort Worth West Deanery
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Some deaneries collaborate on mission projects. The Fort Worth East deanery jointly created and now supplies volunteer teams for the 4 Saints Episcopal Food Pantry.
Each deanery elects officers and a representative and alternate representative to the Executive Council. The duty of each position is described very briefly; feel free to contact any of those currently serving for more details.
- Dean (2-year term) – organizes and runs meetings
- Sub-Dean (2-year term) – fills in if the dean is unavailable
- Secretary (2-year term) – keeps the minutes
- Deanery Representative to Executive Council (1-year term) – participates in 4 meetings per year
- Alternate Representative to Executive Council (1-year term) – fills in if the Deanery Rep. is unavailable
Representatives to Executive Council from each deanery are listed on the Executive Council’s page.
The Executive Council carries on the work of the Diocesan Convention during the rest of the year when the Convention is not in session. In addition to the Deanery representatives, it consists of nine at-large members and various ex-officio members.