SEARCH COMMITTEE TASKS
The SEARCH COMMITTEE was given the following "charge" by
the STANDING COMMITTEE on December 3, 2007
“It shall be said, ‘Build up, build up, prepare the
way, remove every obstruction from my people’s way.’” Isaiah
1. Working within the context of prayer and discernment, to present
to the Standing Committee and the Diocese of Nevada a slate of no fewer
than three and no more than five final candidates to be nominated at
the electing convention 2007.
2. To oversee the construction of a profile of the diocese which accurately
reflects the accumulated data gathered from the membership.
3. To oversee construction of a profile of the bishop which adequately
describes the Episcopal leadership needs of the diocese.
4. To disseminate to the diocese copies of the diocesan profile, bishop
profile, progress of the process, summaries of interviews and information
on the nominees as appropriate.
5. To provide a monthly report of actions and progress to the Standing
6. To conduct an open search for nominations from persons within and
outside the diocese, including the Church Deployment Office and other
appropriate resources. The Search Committee needs to ensure that all
nominees meet the constitutional and canonical requirements set forth
by the General Convention of the Episcopal Church of the United States
a) Individuals must be at least 30 years of age. The compulsory retirement
age for bishops is 72.
b) Suffragan Bishops are eligible nominees; those currently serving as
Bishop or Bishop Coadjutor of a Diocese must have served in that Diocese
for at least five years to be eligible.
7. To develop within the committee a fair and unbiased process whereby
all nominees may be given full consideration and judged on their merits
8. All members of the Search Committee are required to participate in
an Anti-Racism Workshop conducted by the Diocesan Anti-Racism Task Force.
Members who have already completed this within the last two years will
not have to repeat it. Failure to have this training will render the
individual ineligible for membership on the Committee.
9. A great deal of confidential information will be gathered by the Search
Committee about individual applicants and nominees. All personal information
must be kept in strict confidence. All information regarding Committee
process is to be released by action of the whole Committee as appropriate.
The process itself should be transparent; personal information must remain
10. All deliberations of the Search Committee are to be held in the strictest
confidence, including especially the names of persons being considered.
Any breach of confidence will be dealt with by Standing Committee, up
to possible removal of the person from the Search Committee.
11. Nominations will be accompanied by the resume and CDO profile of
the person being nominated, together with a nominating form signed by
the person making the nomination and the prospective nominee. In addition,
letters of reference from one priest, one bishop and one lay person will
be submitted on behalf of the prospective nominee, in addition to her/his
answers to a questionnaire prepared by the Search Committee.
12. To exercise conscientious personal decision-making within an overall
accountability, individually and collectively, to the Holy Spirit and
to the people of the diocese.
13. To establish a time line of activities and meetings with date ranges
for accomplishment of tasks.
14. To work out a plan and execute a Walkabout in conjunction with the
Transition Committee in the diocese with the purpose of acquainting the
nominees with the diocese and allowing members of the diocese to meet
the nominees. The locations chosen should be convenient to folks in all
four mission districts of the diocese. Nominees’ spouses/partenrs
should be invited to participate in the walkabout.
15. To participate on a Joint Communications Committee.