There are 41 churches in the Diocese (30 are parishes and 11 are organized missions), campus ministry, and an intentional community (Deaconess Anne House, a part of the Episcopal Service Corps). A parish is financially self-supporting. Typically the lead minister at a parish is called a Rector, and at a mission, a Vicar.
The Rt. Rev. George Wayne Smith, the tenth Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Missouri, retired April 30, 2020, but continues to serve when needed for canonical and sacramental duties until the ordination of our next bishop (the ordination was postponed because of the coronavirus crisis). Bishop-elect Deon Kevin Johnson will be ordained as the eleventh Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Missouri on June 13, 2020, at Christ Church Cathedral in St. Louis.
According to parochial reports in 2018, there were 10,065 members in this diocese. The 20 churches in St. Louis City/County represent about 74% of diocesan membership. The Tables of Statistics for all dioceses in The Episcopal Church, including the Diocese of Missouri, are maintained online.
The 2020 Diocesan Operating Budget as passed by the 180th Diocesan Convention projected expenditures totaling $2,552,210.
In 2020 there are 127 ordained women and men canonically resident in the diocese, of whom 60 are retired.
There are six Convocation districts in the Diocese. The Members of Convention meet from time to time during the recess of Convention in district assemblies called Convocations. They are charged with: familiarize Convention delegates with proposed resolutions and diocesan goals and budget; to provide communication between delegates and Diocesan Council; to facilitate communication between Diocesan Council and Vestries/Bishop's Committees; to elect Diocesan Council members and to propose nominees for Standing Committee, Diocesan Council Members At Large, Cathedral Chapter and General Convention Deputies; and to promote Christian fellowship. Convocations determine their own structure and elect officers as needed.
The Diocese has had a companion relationship with the Diocese of Lui in southern Sudan since April 2006. The Diocese previously had a companion relationship with the Anglican dioceses of northern Nigeria and with the Diocese of Puerto Rico.
The Mission of the Diocese of Missouri is the mission of all baptized Christians: to teach and to spread the Gospel and its knowledge of salvation to all people; and to make the love of Christ known in the world through our own actions as individuals, as congregations, and as the Diocese, by feeding the hungry, welcoming the stranger, clothing the naked, housing the homeless, caring for the sick, visiting the prisoner, and comforting those in times of trouble. Adopted at the 154th Convention, February 1994.
For the Life of the World
Presented at the 168th Diocesan Convention, 2007
The Diocese of Missouri consists of the territory embraced within the City of St. Louis, and the following fifty four Counties of the State of Missouri:
Adair, Audrain, Bollinger, Boone, Butler, Callaway, Cape Girardeau, Carter, Clark, Cole, Crawford, Dent, Dunklin, Franklin, Gasconade, Iron, Jefferson, Knox, Lewis, Lincoln, Macon, Madison, Maries, Marion, Miller, Mississippi, Monroe, Montgomery, New Madrid, Oregon, Osage, Pemiscot, Perry, Phelps, Pike, Pulaski, Ralls, Randolph, Reynolds, Ripley, St. Charles, Ste. Genevieve, St. Francois, St. Louis, Schuyler, Scotland, Scott, Shannon, Shelby, Stoddard, Texas, Warren, Washington, Wayne.