Canon 08 Of Congregations and Clergy Seeking Affiliation
A congregation of Christian people, holding the Christian faith as set forth in the catholic creeds and recognizing the Holy Scriptures as containing all things necessary for salvation and using a rite approved by this Church or declaring its intention to do so, may make application for affiliation with this Church to the Bishop of the diocese in whose jurisdiction the congregation is located. The Bishop may accept the congregation pending the approval of the Diocesan Convention.
A minister who has not received episcopal ordination and desires to serve such a congregation shall conform to the provisions of canons on ordination. A minister who has been ordained by a bishop not in communion with this Church but whose ordination is nonetheless considered valid by the Council of Bishops may be admitted in his Orders. In such case, the Diocesan Bishop admitting him will forward all pertinent information and/or prescribed Clergy Statements to the Presiding Bishop that the newly admitted priest or deacon may be entered on the Official Registry of Clergy.
A bishop who has been consecrated by a bishop or bishops in a jurisdiction other than the jurisdiction of this Church may apply for affiliation with this Church through the Bishop of the diocese in which he resides. The applicant shall supply proof of his diaconal and priestly ordination as well as his episcopal consecration together with a recommendation, if he gives it, of the Bishop of the diocese in which he resides. No application shall be considered by the Council of Bishops without this recommendation.