. . . . . . The Episcopal Diocese of Nevada


& Ministry

& Challenges

we seek

Sacred Spaces

Financial Data


The State
of Nevada



Prayer for

Diocese of
Nevada Website

Who we Seek . . .  

Paul Colbert
George Alison
Paula Sims
Bob Nelson
Alan Duke

[These 2 questions were asked at 17 Focus Groups around the Diocese, and individual answers sent by eMail, to the same questions, in January, 2007. The characteristics under each question are a compilation of what was heard by members of the Search Committee]

Q. What gifts, personal characteristics, and experiences should our new Bishop have?

  • Our Bishop should embrace racial, ethnic, and cultural diversity and understand the unique characteristics of Nevada as presented by its geography. Bilingual (or multilingual) skills would be beneficial.
  • The Bishop should be sensitive to the issues surrounding the inclusive ministry of the Church.
  • The Bishop should have a sense of humor, be joyful, have a warm personable manner and demonstrate humility.
  • We expect the Bishop to have vision, lead by example, be approachable and demonstrate a willingness to listen.
  • The Bishop should demonstrate leadership, be able to make difficult decisions and follow with appropriate action, and be able to lead in the fiscal management of the Diocese.
  • We are looking for someone who is able to communicate effectively in verbal and all written formats. He/she should have reasonable skills and comfort with today's technologies.
  • We are looking for someone who wants to stay in Nevada for at least 7-10 years in order to help the Diocese grow toward its potential.
  • The Bishop should be theologically, liturgically and spiritually well grounded and be able to provide pastoral support to clergy and laity.
  • We anticipate that the Bishop will be supportive of the total ministry concept.

Trinity Church, Reno

Q. What would you like to see both the Diocese and a new Bishop do to encourage the mission and ministry of all baptized persons here in our Diocese?

  • We would like the Diocese to continue a focus on the areas of mission, outreach and the Millennium Development Goals.
  • In the area of Christian Education – formal and informal - we believe it should be expanded in all areas (clergy and laity) and across the lifespan.
  • We would like the Bishop and Diocese to support ecumenical relationships with other faith disciplines in the state.
  • The Bishop should demonstrate a “friend and guide ” approach to the needs of rural as well as urban areas.
  • We see encouragement, support, and empowerment as ongoing processes.
  • The Bishop and all Diocesan leadership should encourage activities which support Stewardship at all levels throughout the Diocese.
  • We expect Diocesan leadership to acknowledge and support the role of the Deacon in the ministry of the Church.
  • Diocesan leadership should provide ways to empower youth to be a part of the decision-making process affecting themselves.