we Seek . . .
[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
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
- 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.