The bishop nominating sub-committees have continued to work diligently over the last month and here are their latest progress updates as at May 31. You will notice that some of the committee’s work has been completed and, as such, progress from certain subcommittees is no longer provided.
Profiling: Five copies of printed profiles were sent to all church entities of the diocese. The work of the profile subcommittee is complete.
Nominating and Screening: We completed initial process of paper screening of submissions of candidates who have discerned a call to become our fifth bishop. We all met on April 21 and following a day long prayerful discernment, candidates were selected to move on to video interviews. In addition, we received some interest in the call from younger members of the church (see above photo).
Online Interviewing and Retreat: The whole bishop nominating committee was split into interview teams, and online interviews with our top candidates were completed by the end of May. The members of the nominating committee will review each of the recorded interviews. We will gather in late June to discern which candidates should be invited to the October retreat.
Educating and Communicating: We continue to support other committees in sending diocesan-wide announcements, links to sub-committee documents, and regular progress reports.
The Diocesan Profile used to solicit applications
Update from the Transition Committee
Guided by the Holy Spirit, the work of the transition committee has begun! The diocesan transition committee held its retreat at Grace, San Marcos on March 9-10. Sixteen members of our diocese gathered to learn about our call to serve the diocese, our duties and responsibilities. Commissioned by the standing committee, our work will progress over the next 18 months. We are charged with assisting and guiding the transition process of our diocese as we elect and consecrate a new bishop. We are also charged with welcoming the bishop-elect and family to the diocese.
Our retreat included morning and evening prayer, committee and sub-committee meetings, as well as planning for ongoing communication to the members of the diocese about our work. We will focus our efforts on communication, the electing convention, walk-abouts, support of the candidates, the bishop-elect and family, and the consecration.
Grace, San Marcos staff welcomed us warmly with smiles and delicious meals. We thank them for providing a comfortable, sacred space.
We ask all members of our diocese to keep us in their prayers as we commence our work.
Your servants in Christ,
The Transition Committee
The nominating sub-committees have continued to work diligently over the last month and here are their latest progress updates as of April 30.
Educating and Communicating: we continue to support other committees in sending diocesan wide announcements, links to sub-committee documents, and regular progress reports. There are now additional FAQs on the diocesan website.
Listening and Surveying: the work of the listening session-survey subcommittee has completed its work and the members have been reassigned to assist other teams.
Profiling: we completed and distributed our electronic profile throughout the wider church and on diverse social media forums, calling for applications to be submitted. We are printing 350 copies of the profile and will distribute them to each congregation in the diocese so that everyone has a chance to see the fruits of the listening sessions and survey.
Nominating and Screening: we completed the task of calling for nominations and applications by sending links to the application process to all entities in the Episcopal Church and placing an advertisement in the daily Episcopal Digital Network email. We also developed guidelines the Bishop Nominating Committee members used as they reviewed initial applications prior to the first screening exercise. The Bishop Nominationg Committee met at Good Samaritan on April 21 to complete the initial process of paper screening of submissions of candidates who have discerned a call to become the fifth bishop. The meeting was facilitated by our consultant, Rev. Ann Hallisey and following a day long prayerful discernment, candidates were selected to move on to video interviews.
Online Interviewing and Retreat: now that the paper applications have been reviewed and the initial screening is complete, the work of committee is in full swing. We have been crafting questions that will soon be finalized for use with the candidates we have invited to participate in online interviews. Interview teams will now begin to schedule video interviews during May and each member of the committee will individually review all the recorded video interviews prior to the next full meeting of the committee scheduled for the end of June when we will come together to discern who will move forward in the process.
The Diocesan Profile used to solicit applications
Bishop Nominating Committee biographies
Position and Profile Posted
The nominating sub-committees have been working diligently over the last month and here are their latest progress updates as of March 1.
Profiling: we completed the diocesan profile and it was published online on March 1. We encourage all to view the profile. Printed copies will be available and distributed to parishes soon.
Nominating and Screening: we have been busy over the last month finalizing the application packet and the process for accepting nominations and applications. We are working on guidelines for paper screening and essay evaluation. If you know someone who may be called to be our bishop, please encourage that person to apply or, with their permission, submit a nomination form. The deadline for nominations is March 27. The deadline for applications is April 10. (See below for the link to the application process.) This is an exciting time as we pray for all those across the church who may be in discernment about whether to enter the process with us.
Interviewing and Discerning: we are beginning to address the challenges and technicalities of online interviewing. Our work here will feed into the interviewing process and guidelines.
Educating and Communicating: we continue to support other committees in sending diocesanwide announcements and progress reports.
Listening and Surveying: the work of the listening session-survey subcommittee was completed in January and outputs from this sub-committee have been shared with other teams.
Position and Profile Posted
It's official! Our bishop nominating committee has posted the diocesan profile and the application for bishop.
Visit the diocesan website to learn more.
Please share the profile and application with those whom you think would be appropriate candidates. We welcome your suggestions and prayers.
Prayer for Our Bishop Search
O God, we ask you to bring us your next faithful servant to minister to the people of Southern California and Yuma, Arizona as we work to bring healing and peace through a commitment to justice, a desire to grow deeper relationships with Christ and one another, and a foundation of respecting the dignity of all. In the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.
The Nominating Sub-Committees have been working diligently over the last month. Following is update on progress as of January 31.
Educating and Communicating: we continue to support other committees in sending diocesan wide announcements and progress reports. FAQs are on-line and we’re gearing up for sharing our profile and receiving applications.
Listening and Surveying: a total of 914 people responded to the online survey. This is an outstanding response rate. Formal interpretation of the survey results and results of the listening sessions were presented to the nominating committee on January 16. A diocesan-wide listening session for youth was held on January 28 at the request of the nominating committee due to low participation by youth in the online survey.
Profiling: we are currently working with a graphic designer to develop our diocesan profile. We collected photographs from around the diocese and have selected many photos for possible inclusion in the profile. We received the results of the survey and the listening sessions, and financial, historical and other statistical information from the diocese. We have just completed a first draft of profile content. We anticipate posting the profile on February 28.
Nominating and Screening: We spent January composing draft questions for applications and screening. Questions span four areas: leadership, theology, pastoral care, and personal inquiry. We began creating an application packet and proposing questions for interviews. We are working closely with the interviewing and discerning subcommittee.
Interviewing and Discerning: we will be meeting in early February to start drafting the video interview questions and exploring the technical requirements of recording and posting those interviews.
The new visual timeline of events leading to the consecration of our next diocesan bishop.
Nominating Committee Biographies
Standing Committee Update #12
January 25, 2018
Transition Committee Announced
The standing committee is pleased to announce the formation of the transition committee as part of the search team for our next bishop. The members of the transition committee selected this week are:
Brother John Charles Westaway, St. Paul in the Desert, Palm Springs
Ms. Diane Jones, St. Dunstan's, San Diego
Ms. Pamela Wade, St. Mary's in-the-Valley, Ramona
Ms. Megan Callan, St. Peter's, Del Mar
Mr. Geoffrey Pack, St. Paul's Cathedral, San Diego
Mr. Scott Crispell, All Souls', San Diego
Ms. Maryl Weightman, St. James by-the-Sea, La Jolla
Ms. Gillian Campbell, St. Andrew's, Encinitas
Ms. Sandi Lanzarotta, St. Peter's, Del Mar
Mr. Patrick Grannan, St. Thomas of Canterbury, Temecula
The Rev. Andrew Green, St. Paul in the Desert, Palm Springs
Ms. Donna Morales, St. Andrew's, La Mesa
The Rev. Martha Anderson, St. Peter's, Del Mar
Ms. Meredith Hardy, St. Paul's Cathedral, San Diego
Mr. Marshall Moore, St. Paul's Cathedral, San Diego
The Rev. William Zettinger, St. Bartholomew's, Poway
The transition committee will meet for a retreat on Friday - Saturday, March 9 - 10 and its work will begin in earnest as soon as the nominating committee submits its slate of candidates this fall. The transition committee will be responsible for: planning and carrying out the bishop candidates' walk-abouts in early January 2019, the logistics for integrating the new bishop and her/his family into San Diego and the diocese, and for the consecration celebration on Saturday, June 15, 2019. We are happy to have this new and diverse group of volunteers to help ensure the success of our search.
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Let Your Light Shine Into the World
Thank you! Thank you!! Thank you!!!
The nominating committee is so grateful to all who participated in the recent listening sessions and the online survey.
287 laity and clergy, representing 31 congregations, participated in the 12 listening sessions. There was lots of energy and excitement at each session. You shared your hopes and disappointments, dreams and anxieties. The nominating committee truly appreciates you taking time during the busy ramp-up to Christmas, and in the midst of wildfires, to join with other members of the diocese in sharing who we are and who we hope to become.
A total of 914 people, representing all but one of our diocesan congregations, responded to the online survey. This is an excellent response rate. An interpretation of the data has been presented to the nominating committee and the standing committee. The data shows that we are a “transformational” diocese with both high energy and high satisfaction. We communicate well and our parishioners are engaged in the ministry of the diocese.
The goal of both of these processes was to gather information to create our diocesan profile. The diocesan profile is the snapshot we will present to the world, and especially to those who are discerning if they are being called to be our bishop. This profile is our opportunity to brag on our strengths, candidly admit our limitations, and describe the qualities we seek in our next bishop. The profile will include not only the information gathered at the listening sessions and through your responses to the survey, but also diocesan history, financial overview, demographics, institutions, governance structures, mission statement, and ministry highlights. This information will be supported by pictures of communities at work throughout the diocese. The profile will be posted online by the end of February.
Once again, thank you for your participation. To keep abreast of what's going on in the nomination process, visit the diocesan website.
With our sincerest gratitude,
Bishop Nominating Committee
The nominating sub-committees have been working diligently over the last month and here is their latest progress updates as of 31 December 2017.
Educating and Communicating: we continue to support other committees in sending diocesanwide announcements and letting folks know what we're up to. We've also been working on the web pages adding more FAQs and committee member information.
Listening and Surveying: we scheduled ten open listening sessions (laity and clergy) geographically disbursed throughout the diocese. In addition, two clergy-only sessions were held. 191 people (laity and clergy) participated in the open sessions, representing 31 of the 44 congregations in the diocese. 27 clergy participated in the clergy-only sessions. A synthesis of the information gathered during these sessions was handed on to the profiling subcommittee.
The online survey closed on January 6. As of December 31, 906 people completed the survey in English and 6 completed the Spanish-language version. These individuals represent all but one of the congregations in the diocese. The results will be presented to the nominating and standing committees on January 16.
Profiling: we have solicited photographs from around the diocese and worked with diocesan staff to go through existing photos, reviewed numerous examples of diocesan profiles, worked to obtain existing histories of the diocese, reviewed graphic designer candidates and engaged a designer to work on both the print and electronic versions. Our next step is to meet to review the listening session summaries.
Nominating and Screening: we are creating the application package, which will include standard information such as a resume and updated Office of Transition Ministries (OTM) profile, and we are developing essay questions appropriate for this diocese at this time. In addition to the survey and profile, resources we will include examples of essay questions from other diocesan searches, going back a decade or more. It is interesting to see how the focus of the questions can shift over time, depending on what is going on in the church as a whole. We are also working on appropriate behavioral screening questions, based on existing instruments and requiring approval from the Episcopal Church's office of pastoral development. The sub-committee will have a first face-to-face scheduled on January 11 for further planning and process details.
Interviewing and Discerning: we are waiting for input from the listening sessions, surveys and profiling to start drafting the interview questions. We have planned the discernment retreat for October 2018.
We now have more nominating committee biographies published which can be accessed here. We continually add to the Frequently Asked Questions.
Calendar of Key Milestones
Jesus Christ is Born!
The Magi are on the Way
One Last Chance to Share Your Light
So many of you have shared your thoughts and feelings by completing the Landscape survey. Thank You! You have our gratitude. Rest assured that your responses are 100% confidential.
If you haven’t taken the Landscape survey yet, you may be thinking that, by now, other people have said the same things you would say in one way or another. Friends and family may share your thoughts in some areas and some folks may share your thoughts in yet other areas.
But, the truth is that there is only one you, and your unique combination of experiences and perceptions are what we need. Even if your answers are very similar to someone else’s, they are still important information for the diocese to have. The results from this assessment will shed light on WHAT our members are feeling, and HOW MANY share those feelings. This is critical to guiding us on our journey together toward electing our fifth bishop.
Please don't make the mistake of letting others speak for you. Sharing your story will only take approximately 25 minutes, and this is your last chance. The window on this opportunity closes at midnight on Saturday, January 6.
Take the Survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/DioceseSanDiego
If you do not have access to the internet or for some other reason wish to have a paper copy of the survey, please click here for the English paper version or click here for the Spanish paper version.
If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact the Nominating Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you so much,
Bishop Nominating Committee
Frequently Asked Questions
Biographies of Nominating Committee Members
Convention Presentation (PDF)
Calendar of Key Milestones