The Next Step from the Bishop Search/Nominating Committee

April 02, 2019
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It is common practice for Episcopal dioceses searching for a bishop to prepare a profile for applicants and nominees to use in discerning a call to serve in that role.  In one sense, the profile is like a want ad for a job opening. In another sense, the profile outlines the diocesan challenges and opportunities that will give a new bishop a running start to build a strategic plan for their episcopacy.


Currently, the Bishop Search and Nominating Committee is working to prepare a profile of the Diocese of Missouri that is based on the findings of the Committee’s online survey, 48 Holy Listening Sessions, and other public and parochial data. The DioMO Profile will describe the region and the Diocese to provide context for who we are, where we have been, and who God is calling us to be as the Episcopal branch of Jesus followers. The DioMO Profile will identify the traits we seek in our next bishop to lead us spiritually, pastorally and administratively through the next decade and beyond.


The Committee wants to be as transparent as possible with the profile. That means it will depict our glories and warts. The Profile will be posted online in May so everyone can see it. At the same time the Profile goes live, the Committee will post an application and a nomination form to help us identify a slate of 3-5 candidates to be presented to the Diocesan Convention in November. There will be more information about the application and nominating process later.


We hope this profile catches someone’s attention as we describe who we are now and what our hopes and dreams for the future are. We hope our profile excites the imagination of applicants to think about how God is working in, through and for the Episcopal Church in eastern Missouri.


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