Four clergy and four lay people are elected in the year prior to that of a General Convention. One or two additional nominees in each order will be retained as alternates. Deputies serve for three years – until the next group is elected – and they may be elected to successive terms.
Deputies sit in the House of Deputies of the General Convention, which is the legislative body of the Episcopal Church. The House of Bishops is the other unit in this bicameral body. Deputies are not delegates; they are deputized to act on their own and to vote their own consciences.
In the Diocese of East Tennessee, deputies attend an overnight diocesan deputation meeting and the Province IV Synod meeting, and then they attend the 9-10 day General Convention.
At the General Convention, they consider resolutions on virtually every topic imaginable, elect officials, consider a budget, pray, worship, laugh and sometimes cry together.
When they return, they are asked to interpret for East Tennessee Episcopalians, along with the bishop, the actions and decisions of the convention.
Please consult a current deputy for more information or see the official Episcopal Church web page for the General Convention.