Constitution and Canons and Revised Statutes
Relating to the The Protestant Episcopal Church in New Jersey
2016

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Table of Contents

RULES OF ORDER

CONSTITUTION

I. According to the Constitution and Canons of General Convention of the Church — Diocesan Boundaries
II. The Convention — Membership and Representation
III. Meetings of the Convention — Annual and Special
IV. Officers of the Convention — President, Secretary, Treasurer
V. Transaction of Business — Quorum, Voting
VI. Admission of New Parishes
VII. The Standing Committee
VIII. The Chancellor of the Diocese
IX. The Registrar and Historiographer
X. Deputies to the General Convention
XI. Election of a Bishop
XII. Suffragan Bishop
XIII. Amendment of the Constitution

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 CANONS

PART I
DIOCESAN CONVENTION

1. Annual Meeting of the Diocesan Convention
2. Diocesan Convention Credentials of Members
3. Committee on Rules of Order and Dispatch of Business
4. Assistant Secretary
5. Elections in Diocesan Convention
6. Committee on Validation of the Minutes
7. Deputies to Provincial Synod
8. The Archivist
9. Episcopal Elections
10. Diocesan Youth Council
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PART II
ADMINISTRATION AND FINANCES OF THE DIOCESE
13. Trustees of Diocesan Trust Funds
14. Diocesan Budget
15. The Finance and Budget Committee and the Budget Process
16. Fair Share Pledge
17. Stewardship Commission
18. Audit Committee
19. Diocesan Council
20. Loan and Grant Committee
21. Venture in Mission Loan Fund, the Capital and Revolving Fund, and the R. Bowden Shepherd Trust Fund
22. Treasurer of Convention and Chief Financial Officer of the Diocese
23. Administrative Assistance for the Bishop
24. Vice Chancellors
25. Investment Advisory Committee
26. Legal Representation of Diocesan Entities
27. Board of Missions
28. Allocation of Bequests and Other Gifts
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PART III
COMMITTEES, COMMISSIONS, CONVOCATIONS AND COLLATERAL AGENCIES AND INSTITUTIONS OF THE DIOCESE
30. Convocations
31. Commission on Ministry
32. Committee on Constitution and Canons
33. Commission on Clerical Compensation
34. Commission on Church Architecture
35. Church Pension Fund
36. Life Insurance, Dental, and Medical Benefits 
37. Diocesan Investment Trust
39. Christian Knowledge Society
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PART IV
LOCAL CONGREGATIONS AND THEIR STRUCTURE
46. Classification of Congregations
47. Boundaries
48. Erection of New Church Buildings
49. The Cathedral
50. Election of Church Officers in Parishes and Missions
51. Duties of Rectors, Vicars, Wardens, and Vestrymembers or Mission Committee Members
52. The Calling of a Rector or an Assistant
54. Associated Parishes
55. Missions
56. Seasonal Chapels
57. Collegiate Chapels
58. Institutional Chapels
59. Parochial Chapels
60. Reclassification
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PART V
APPEALS TO THE BISHOP
61. Persons Repelled from the Holy Communion
62. Dissolution of the Pastoral Relation
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PART VI
DISCIPLINE
68. Ecclesiastical Discipline
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PART VII
GENERAL CANONS
71. Accounts
72. Church Property
73. Parochial Registers and Report
74. Minimum Compensation for Clergy
75. New Canons and Amendments
76. Openness, Accountability and Full Disclosure
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STATUTES
NEW JERSEY REVISED STATUTES, TITLE 16, CHAPTER 12
Article I. Congregation or Parish
Article II. Diocesan Convention