Constitution & Canons

Below are the Constitution and Canons governing the Episcopal Church and ECMN. The links are easy to read and search. Read them to gain a better understanding of the Episcopal Church.

2018 Constitution & Canons of the Episcopal Church

Episcopal Church in Minnesota:

Constitution, amended at the September 26, 2014

Canons of the Episcopal Church in Minnesota, updated in 2018

Elected Bodies

There are several committees that provide leadership within the Episcopal Church in Minnesota (ECMN). The four primary committees (Council, Standing Committee, Trustees, and the Standing Committee) make up the Elected Bodies, which meet together four times per year.  In addition, committees may choose to meet more frequently as their work dictates. Each committee has members that are elected or appointed for specific term lengths. If you're interested in learning more or serving on an elected body, please contact your Missioner for Ministry, Karen Olson at

If you are interested in an elected body, please consider applying here.  The Trustees, Standing Committee, and Commission on Ministry are elected at ECMN Convention.


Process: Elected at Mission Area Gatherings to represent a mission area on Council
Members: 28 (2 lay, 2 clergy from each of the 7 mission areas)
Term: 3 years

Duties: Council is a body of lay and clergy representatives who oversee, develop, and implement the policies, programs, and budgets of ECMN between meetings of the yearly ECMN Convention. Members are elected to represent one of the 7 mission areas of the Episcopal Church in Minnesota, and are responsible for providing leadership in their mission area and planning yearly gatherings.

Standing Committee 

Process: Elected at ECMN Convention
Members: 12 (6 lay, 6 clergy)
Term: 3 years

Duties: The general duties of the Standing Committee are to be a Counsel of Advice to the Bishop and to consider consents for a parish, mission, or ECMN entity to acquire, dispose of, or encumber the real property; approve candidates for ordination to the diaconate or priesthood; and consent to the elections and proposed consecrations of bishops in The Episcopal Church. Also, in the event that there is no Bishop, the Standing Committee acts as the Ecclesiastical Authority of the Episcopal Church in Minnesota until a Bishop can be elected.


Process: Elected at ECMN Convention
Members: 9 (both lay and clergy) 
Term: 3 years

Duties: The Trustees are responsible for the financial assets—including real estate, investments, loan funds, and planned giving—of ECMN and its faith communities. The Trustees also hold title to all real and personal property for mission faith communities in ECMN. The Trustees ensure that all property and assets of the church are used and remain available for the use of all Episcopalians engaged in God’s mission.

Commission on Ministry 

Process: 3 lay, 3 clergy elected at ECMN Convention, 3 lay, 3 clergy appointed by the Bishop
Members: 12 (6 lay, 6 clergy)
Term: 3 years

Duties: The Commission on Ministry (COM) helps to discern the present and future needs for ministry in ECMN. COM invites nominees to engage in a discernment process and recruits and selects persons for Holy Orders. COM guides and examines postulants and candidates for the diaconate and priesthood in their journey to ordination. COM works to provide continuing education of clergy and lay professionals employed in the church.

Committees of Elected Bodies

Joint Finance and Audit Committee

The Joint Finance and Audit Committee is a joint committee comprised of members from Council and Trustees, and provides Council with assurance that the financial policy, financial audit, and financial affairs of ECMN are appropriately developed, implemented, and managed JFAC also makes specific policy and operational recommendations to Council.

Personnel Committee

The Personnel Committee is a committee of Council intended to provide Council with all appropriate personnel policies and guidelines to be implemented for employees of the Episcopal Church in Minnesota, and to provide support and expertise to ECMN faith communities.

Disciplinary Board

When there is a question about whether a member of the clergy has been involved in misconduct, the Disciplinary Board, as described in Title IV of the Canons of the Episcopal Church, has the responsibility to investigate the matter, consider and decide whether a violation of the Canons has taken place, and discern what must be done to bring healing, reconciliation, and justice for all involved. Members of the Disciplinary Board are appointed by the Bishop and approved at ECMN Convention.