Resolution #11: Creation of a Young Professionals Program

Secretary of the Convention

Last Update
August 2, 2021

Last Update
August 2, 2021

Status - Removed from consideration - lack of eligibility
The Committee on Resolutions removed this resolution from consideration after learning the author was not eligible to submit a resolution under Rule 1.1 of the Convention, specifically: “...Resolutions may be submitted by any canonically resident cleric, any elected lay delegate or alternate, or by any congregation, deanery, or other recognized diocesan organization...”

The author has been notified of this decision. The date by which the resolution could be re-submitted by an eligible submitter has now  passed. The Secretary notes the resolution may only now be brought to the floor of the Convention by a proper motion of a member of the Convention and a 2/3 vote to admit it for consideration.

Given the time and effort needed for forming a Task Force of the Convention, the Committee on Resolutions and the Secretary of the Convention recommend seeking alternative approaches to program development through work with Executive Council and/or the Bishop's office, which are already organized for this work. Building local support for a program like this would also be helpful in its fruition.

Resolved, That the 172nd Convention of the Diocese of California expresses its intention to establish a Young Professionals program specifically to encourage the faith formation of young adults in their 20s and early 30s;

Resolved, That this convention hereby forms a Task Force on young adult ministry which is charged with creating a best practices guide for diocesan congregations to develop young adult ministry for those in their early careers; and

Resolved, That this Task force shall consist of no fewer than 6 and no more than 12 members, with preference given to those having personal experience with young adult communities. Half will be appointed by the Bishop (including the Task Force Chair) and half by the Chair of Executive Council. Explanation, the Episcopal Church is an aging church with small attendance numbers of 20 and 30 year-old congregants. This does not reflect Christ’s ministry where he called young men and women directly to follow him.

Submitted by
Mr. Sam Gerner, St. Stephen’s Church, Belvedere - samuelgerner@gmail.com