The following article was written by Bardin Hooks, a member of the Bishop Search Committee from Americas. It’s an excellent write up about the process so far. It’s been edited to include information about the Savannah Listening Session. Please note the link to an online survey in that paragraph and here.
The Standing Committee of the Diocese of Georgia has appointed a 12-member Bishop Search Committee charged with presenting a slate of candidates to be considered for the Eleventh Bishop of Georgia at the Diocesan Convention in November 2019. The Search Committee includes one clergy representative and one lay representative from each of the six convocations of our Diocese. I have been appointed as the lay representative for the Albany Convocation, and The Rev. Tar Drazdowski (Christ Episcopal Church, Cordele) is our convocation’s clergy representative. The Search Committee is working closely with our search process consultant The Rev. Canon Rick Callaway, a former canon in the Diocese of Atlanta and a veteran consultant of many bishop searches throughout the country.
The Search Committee held its first meeting on January 18-19 at the Collegiate Church of St. Paul the Apostle, Savannah, in conjunction with the Standing Committee. We have since had our second meeting on February 2 at Christ Episcopal Church, Cordele. The Search Committee will continue to meet regularly over the next several months, culminating with a final meeting in late August to select the slate of candidates for consideration at the November Convention.
The initial work of the Search Committee has been focused on creating a Diocesan Profile, which will be completed in April. The purpose of the profile is to present a broad survey of our Diocese – who we are, what we’re about, and where we’re going. The aim of the profile is to provide an accurate picture of our Diocese and attract talented candidates for our next bishop.
To assist us in preparing the Diocesan Profile, the Search Committee will be holding several “listening sessions” over the next few weeks throughout the diocese. The listening sessions are designed for the Search Committee to hear to the views and concerns of parishioners throughout the diocese. In particular, we are seeking guidance on the fundamental questions of Who are we?Where did we come from?And Where do we think God is calling us? Each convocation will host a listening session for anyone who can attend. Our local listening session for the Savann Convocation will be held on Sunday, March 31 at 2:30 PM at St. Paul’s, Savannah. For those parishioners who are unable to attend in person, an online questionnaire is available here
After the publication of the Diocesan Profile, formal nominations will be open from May 1 to May 31. The Search Committee expects to receive 10-20 (or more) names during the nomination process. After all nominations have been submitted, the Search Committee will conduct a thorough individual review of each nominee. This process will culminate with a retreat for select candidates, which will be held from August 11-15 at Honey Creek. Following the retreat, the Search Committee will deliberate and produce a slate of 4-5 candidates, which will be announced on September 1. The nominated candidates will then do “walk-abouts” (visiting local parishes) throughout the Diocese prior to the election at the Convention on November 15-16.
I sincerely ask that you keep the Bishop Search Committee and our Diocesan leadership in your prayers as we embark on this important work. To learn more about the Search Committee and the nomination process, please visit www.georgiabishopsearch.org