The Diocese holds an annual Convention where clergy and lay delegates from all the churches in the Diocese come together to make decisions. These decisions cover budgetary concerns, governing issues, and resolutions regarding current events or church-related issues. Decisions are made by vote after discussion and debate. Special Conventions are held as determined by the Diocese for specific reasons, budgetary matters, election of a new Bishop, or other issues that are not resolved by the annual Convention. In 1998, a change to the Diocesan Canons was passed allowing young people aged 16 and over to be qualified electors. Also, there are ten seats for one young person from each Deanery on the floor of Convention. In 2014, the Diocesan Constitution was amended to allow these young people have seat, voice, and vote,” so your opinion can be heard and declared. In any case, as a volunteer, a Deanery representative, or an elected lay delegate from one of our churches, the tasks for which you are responsible are important to the total ministry of the Diocese.