Episcopal Bishop of Missouri supports St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay's challenge to Missouri law prohibiting same-sex marriage
There are 42 congregations in the Diocese (30 are parishes and 12 are organized missions), campus ministry (Rockwell House), and an intentional community (Deaconess Anne House). A parish is financially self-supporting. Typically the lead cleric at a parish is a Rector, and at a mission is a Vicar.
Our bishop and ecclesiastical leader is the Rt. Rev. George Wayne Smith who is the tenth Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Missouri.
According to parochial reports in 2015, there are 11,500 active members in this diocese. The 21 churches in metropolitan St. Louis have about 76% of members. The Tables of Statistics for all dioceses in The Episcopal Church, including the Diocese of Missouri, are maintained online.
The 2014 Diocesan Operating Budget as passed by the 175th Diocesan Convention projected expenditures totaling $2,204,025.00.
In 2015 there were 124 ordained men (73) and women (51) canonically resident in the diocese, of whom 54 (40 men, 14 women) are retired, with an additional 22 licensed to officiate in this diocese. There are 19 persons in the ordination process.
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.