Commissions of the General Convention
The General Convention may establish Standing Commissions and Joint Commissions. A Standing Commission is to study and make recommendations to the General Convention on major subjects considered to be of continuing concern to the church. Members of the Standing Commissions have a six-year term, serving until the adjournment of the second General Convention following their appointment. A Joint Commission is to study and make recommendations to the General Convention on specific matters of concern between regular meetings of General Convention. This is a three-year term. Joint Commissions cease to exist at the end of the single interval for which they were created unless extended by action of the General Convention. The Presiding Bishop appoints the Episcopal members and the president of the House of Deputies appoints the clerical and lay members. The Presiding Bishop and the president of the House of Deputies are members ex officiis of every commission. They have the right to attend meetings with seat and vote. Every commission must elect a chair, a vice-chair, and a secretary.
Glossary definitions provided courtesy of Church Publishing Incorporated, New York, NY,(All Rights reserved) from “An Episcopal Dictionary of the Church, A User Friendly Reference for Episcopalians,” Don S. Armentrout and Robert Boak Slocum, editors.