General Convention


81st General


of order


The Episcopal Church is governed by a bicameral General Convention, which typically meets every three years, and by Executive Council during interim years. The General Convention consists of the House of Bishops and the House of Deputies, which meet and act separately but must concur to adopt legislation.

The General Convention is the governing body of The Episcopal Church and has the authority to amend the Constitution and Canons of The Episcopal Church; adopt a triennial budget; authorize liturgical texts and amend the Book of Common Prayer; adopt communions and covenants with other churches; set qualifications for orders of ministry and officeholders; elect officers of the General Convention, the Executive Council, and members of boards; and delegate responsibilities to the interim bodies of The Episcopal Church.