The Statute of the Orthodox Church in America

Article V

The Metropolitan Council

Section 1   Organization

(This amendment was passed at the 4th All-American Council held on November 10-13, 1975 in Cleveland, Ohio. It had not been included in the revision of the Statutes at the time.  This was rectified with a resolution passed at the 16th All-American Council held on October 31-November 4, 2011 in Seattle, Washington and is now in force)

The Metropolitan Council is the permanent executive body of the Church Administration which exists for the purpose of implementing the decisions of the All-American Council and continuing its work between sessions.  It shall consist of the Metropolitan as Chairman, the Chancellor, the Secretary, the Treasurer, two representatives from each diocese, one priest and one layman, to be elected by the Diocesan Assemblies; three priests and three laymen elected by the All-American Council.  Vacancies occurring among diocesan representatives are filled by the respective dioceses.  Two alternates are to be elected by the All-American Council, one priest and one layman, to fill vacancies occurring among members elected by the All-American Council.

Membership on the Metropolitan Council by election at All-American Councils shall be as follows:  Two clergymen and two laymen shall be elected by the Fourth All-American Council for terms of six years and three years.  The clergyman and layman receiving the highest number of votes will be elected for six years and those receiving the second highest votes will be elected for three years.  At each succeeding All-American Council one clergy and one lay member will be elected for a six-year term.  Members will be eligible for re-election after three years of non-membership on the Council.  At each All-American Council one clergyman and one layman will be elected as alternates for a term of three years.

The Diocesan clergy and lay representatives will be elected for three years.  Each may be re-elected for a second term and become eligible again after a three-year rest.  It is recommended that the Diocese elect the clergy and lay representatives on alternate years to avoid replacement of both at the same time. 

The Metropolitan Council may, between meetings, delegate a committee consisting of the Chancellor, Secretary, Treasurer and two other members to meet in conjunction with the Lesser Synod of Bishops upon their invitation, to discuss normal church administrative procedures. This committee shall report back to the Metropolitan Council concerning all actions and decisions.

Section 2   Quorum and Voting A majority of the members of the Metropolitan Council will constitute the quorum. All matters of the Metropolitan Council are decided by a majority of votes of those present; in case of a tie, the deciding vote shall be cast by the Chairman. The decisions of the Metropolitan Council shall become effective upon approval of the Metropolitan or Holy Synod, depending on the nature of the decision.

Section 3   Periodicity The Metropolitan Council shall meet at least twice a year.

Section 4   Competence The Metropolitan Council:
  1. Implements the decisions of the All-American Council and of the Holy Synod in the areas of its competence;
  2. Assists the Metropolitan and the Holy Synod in Implementing decisions within the areas of its competence;
  3. Establishes the budget for the operations of the Church and examines all financial reports of the Church;
  4. Supervises the collection of the assessments and fees established by the All-American Council and determines the allocation of such funds;
  5. Organizes plans for obtaining voluntary contributions for the satisfaction of the needs of the Church;
  6. Provides for the maintenance of the central administrative bodies of the Church and for the allocation of the general Church funds;
  7. Decides on the purchase, sale, or mortgaging of property of the Church, except in cases covered in Article X, Section 8;
  8. Maintains an inventory of all properties of the Church;
  9. Provides for the establishment and maintenance of institutions of charity and education, as well as for publications for the propagation of the Orthodox Faith;
  10. Determines the forms and books necessary for the keeping of records and statistical data by the dioceses, requiring all statistics necessary for reports;
  11. Appoints officers and committees on matters within its competence;
  12. Initiates, prosecutes, and defends all legal matters affecting the interest of the Church;
  13. May receive reports from any department in areas within the competence of the Metropolitan Council.