The Statute of the Orthodox Church in America

Article VIII

The Diocesan Council

Section 1   Composition The Diocesan Council is the permanent body of diocesan administration:
  1. The composition of the Diocesan Council is determined by the Diocesan Assembly and shall include as ex officio members the two representatives, one priest and one layman, elected by the Diocesan Assembly to the Metropolitan Council;
  2. The Bishop, or in his absence, the Auxiliary Bishop or a priest appointed by the Bishop, shall be the chairman of the Diocesan Council;
  3. The Council elects such officers as may be needed to carry on its functions.

Section 2  


  1. The Diocesan Council convenes no less than twice annually;
  2. Extraordinary sessions of the Diocesan Council are convened by decision of the Diocesan Bishop or at the request of at least one-half of the membership.

Section 3  

Quorum and Voting

  1. Together with the Diocesan Bishop or other presiding officer, one-half of the members of the Diocesan Council shall constitute the quorum.
  2. Majority vote shall determine the decisions of the Diocesan Council. In the event of a tie, the Diocesan Bishop or other presiding officer shall cast the deciding vote.

Section 4  


All decisions of the Diocesan Council shall become effective upon approval by the Diocesan Bishop.

Section 5  


The Diocesan Council shall be competent:

  1. To implement the decisions of the Diocesan Assembly;
  2. To consider and act on matters affecting parishes and all diocesan institutions in accordance with the directives of the Diocesan Bishop and the decisions of the Diocesan Assembly;
  3. To consider and act on other matters submitted by the Diocesan Bishop;
  4. To attend to legal matters affecting only the interest of the diocese;
  5. To forward diocesan legal matters to the Central Office of the Church Administration;
  6. To examine the financial reports of the diocese;
  7. To determine the allocations, when necessary, of general diocesan funds to parishes, monasteries, convents, missions, or other diocesan institutions;
  8. To supervise the collection of assessments fixed by the Diocesan Assembly;
  9. To render a final decision regarding the authenticity of the minutes of the Diocesan Assembly when a discrepancy arises;
  10. To delineate the boundaries of parishes and deaneries;
  11. To take the initiative in diocesan fund-raising projects;
  12. To provide for the establishment and maintenance of institutions of charity and education within the diocese;
  13. To provide for the maintenance of diocesan administrative bodies and the allocation of general diocesan funds;
  14. To make preparations for the Diocesan Assembly.

Section 6  

The Diocesan Chancery

The Diocesan Chancery shall function in order to implement the decisions of the Diocesan Council under the management of the Diocesan Bishop. The Bishop may, if he desires, appoint a Diocesan Chancellor to assist him.

Section 7  

Auditing Committee

The Auditing Committee shall audit semi-annually the accounts of the Treasurer or of the diocesan administration with respect to all diocesan funds of all Church-related institutions within the Diocese and report to the Diocesan Council. Members of the Auditing Committee attend sessions of the Diocesan Council only to make their reports. Vacancies in the Auditing Committee are filled by the Diocesan Bishop.