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Church Affiliation

Steps to Affiliation

If your church is discerning whether or not to become affiliated with the CEEC, here are the steps of the process toward becoming a CEEC-affiliated community:

1. Holy Orders

Your local church pastor or rector must first be in the process of Holy Orders or already ordained as a priest within the CEEC. For more information on this process, see the Ordination process.

2. Discernment

Your local church pastor and diocesan bishop will meet with the local church leadership to discuss the steps toward affiliation and walk your community through this process. This decision for your local church to become affiliated with the CEEC is a process of discernment and education for the local community in tandem with its leadership and representatives of the CEEC. 

    Some Things To Know About Affiliation:

    If your church is currently affiliated with the CEEC, here are the implications of being an affiliated church:

    1. The Local church remains autonomous to their local by-laws. 

    The CEEC doesn't possess or own property of a local church.

    2. Your church may choose to:

    • Affirm the call of its local pastor (rector) to ordination by the CEEC while remaining unaffiliated as a community
    • Affiliate with the CEEC if she is already pastored by a CEEC priest. The benefits of affiliation ensure the local church is protected in transition or crisis through support from the Bishop and CEEC community at large.

    3. Member churches across the CEEC range from Rite I, Rite II, Rite III, and Rite IV communities:


    Rite I closely resembles a "free church" expression while Rite IV abides by a "high church" expression, including full vestments and submission to the liturgy.

    No matter what expression your church community embraces, there is a place for you to feel comfortable within a Diocese of the CEEC.