The House of Deputies is one of the legislative houses of the bicameral General Convention of the Episcopal Church. The other is the House of Bishops. The General Convention sets the mission priorities, budget and policies of the Episcopal Church for the next three years. It approves changes to the Church's Constitution and Canons, and broadly defines the standards of worship.
The House of Deputies has equal numbers of clergy and lay deputies elected by each of the 109 dioceses and one convocation of Episcopal Church congregations in Europe. Like bishops, deputies cannot be instructed to vote one way or another by their diocese. They agree to come to General Convention with open hearts so that they can prayerfully listen to others and be led by the Holy Spirit.