Diocesan Convention

Established in 1890, the Annual Diocesan Convention is the annual business meeting of The Diocese of West Missouri and acts as the primary legislative body of the diocese. It’s a time when clergy and laypeople from all over the diocese come together to vote on an annual budget — called the ‘Plan for Ministry’, to elect officers, and to hear reports of work from diocesan programs. But more importantly, we join together, worship together, learn together, and discern together — reflecting on becoming a better people of God.

Youth Presence at Diocesan Convention

Attending Diocesan Convention is a great opportunity to see some of the inner workings of the Episcopal Church and meet other youth and adults from around the diocese. There are lots of ways for youth to be involved. There is no cost to attend, but you need to register in advance.

The 2024 Diocesan Convention will be held at Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral in Kansas City on November 8-9. The Youth Presence will include participating in the Convention Eucharist, an overnight lock-in at the Cathedral, Morning Prayer, a Q&A session with our Bishop Provisional, and more. This year’s convention will culminate in the election of our IX Bishop. 

Youth are invited to participate by applying to be youth delegates (more information below), serving as acolytes at the Eucharist, leading morning prayer, and serving as pages to assist with various needs throughout the business meeting and election process.


Youth Delegates

The Constitutions and Canons (Church Law) of the Diocese of West Missouri provides for the election of one youth delegate one alternate from each of the Diocese’s three Deaneries (NW Metro, Central, and Southern.) These delegates are full voting members of the Convention, elected by their fellow youth, who serve as the voice of the young people of our diocese in our deliberations. 

To be elected as a delegate youth must meet the following criteria: 

1. You must be between the ages of 16-19 at the time of Diocesan Convention and an active member of your home parish. 

2. Have been a “worshiper” in your congregation for at least 6 months. 

3. Be able to attend Diocesan Convention (Nov. 8-9 at Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral, Kansas City.)

4. Be able to attend at least two deanery meetings prior to Diocesan Convention.

Applications open on Friday, March 1, 2024 and are due on Friday, March 22. Applications will be reviewed by the Youth Ministry Commission and the list of candidates will be announced the first week of April. Voting will take place online and will be open from April 19-21.

Please contact Fr. David with any questions!