The Standing Committee

The Standing Committee advises the bishops, hearing bishops’ concerns and offering thoughtful and prayerful responses.  Standing Committee members also bring items of concern to the bishops for consideration and discussion.

The Standing Committee serves a number of canonical functions:

  • Reviews and approves bylaws of all congregations in the diocese and advises parishes on developing their congregational bylaws (scroll down to find the model bylaws document)
  • Provides advice and consent for any sale, lien or encumbrance upon church and church-related property in the diocese
  • Participates in the formation and ordination process of those applying for holy orders, including applicant and postulant interviews
  • Receives and considers requests for consent to the ordination of all bishops elected in the Episcopal Church
  • Mediates when clergy and their congregations dissolve their pastoral relationship

The Standing Committee becomes the diocese’s ecclesiastical authority in a situation where there is no bishop in place.

The four lay and four clerical members of the Standing Committee are elected to four-year terms by Diocesan Convention, one clerical member and one lay member each year.

The Standing Committee meets monthly from September through June, generally on the second Thursday of the month.

Current Standing Committee members are:

Lay members Clergy members Term Expires
 Constance Perry  The Rev. Pamela Werntz  2017
 Angela McConney-Scheepers  The Rev. Chris Wendell  2018
 John Iredale  The Rev. Andrew Stoessel  2019
 Wayne Kennard  The Rev. Dr. Matthew Cadwell  2020

Staff contact:  Laura Simons, Administrator of Convention and Council (617-482-4826, ext. 406 or lsimons@diomass.org).


Model bylaws can be found here.