Did you know that we’re one of only a handful of dioceses that have youth delegates with seat, voice and vote? Each year we have a wonderful group of youth delegates that attend our Diocesan Convention. These delegates learn the workings of the church from the inside. They bring this knowledge home and many of them serve on their vestries, search committees and other committees in their home parishes. We are truly training a generation of leaders in our diocese.
Please choose your deanery youth delegate as soon as possible, so they can attend the deanery meetings and get to know the process.
· Currently in high school (or if home schooled, not yet in college)
· An active member in good standing at an Episcopal church in the Diocese
· Attend a pre-convention meeting (either in their own deanery or another)
· Attend the entire Diocesan Convention and a pre-convention meeting
· Read and be ready to discuss and vote on all matters presented for Convention
· Will conduct themselves in a mature and personally responsible way and will follow all rules set forth by the youth mentors and the Diocese of Western Michigan
How many youth delegates are there?
A: There are 10 youth delegates (and 10 alternates)
How are the youth delegates chosen?
A: 5 youth delegates (and 5 alternates) are chosen by the deaneries (1 delegate and 1 alternate from each deanery). They are chosen at the first meeting after each year’s convention. 5 youth delegates (and 5 alternates) are titled “at large” and are chosen by the Bishop.
Once chosen, how do the youth delegates register for Convention?
A: The youth delegates register in the same way as other delegates
Once chosen, how do the youth delegates pay for Convention?
A: Youth delegates are paid for out of the youth ministry line item in the diocesan budget.
Who supervises the youth delegates?
A: The youth delegates are primarily supervised by the “youth delegate mentors” – adults from the diocese who have previously worked with young people and understand convention.