All seems quiet right now, as the committee has turned its attention to conducting reference checks on the remaining applicants. Additionally, each applicant has been matched with a shepherd from the Search Committee, who is staying in regular contact during this phase of the process.
The Search Committee is currently planning the details of the discernment retreat, which will take place with applicants from Friday, June 8 to Monday, June 11.
The discernment retreat provides the committee an opportunity to get to know the applicants much better and to have deep conversations with them about vision, mission and ministry. Equally important, the retreat allows applicants to further discern their call as bishop of the Diocese of Kansas.
The Search Committee will meet for the last time on June 15 to discern the slate of candidates to present to the Council of Trustees on June 20.
The Council of Trustees will announce the slate on June 21.
The committee is grateful for your ongoing prayers for its work, as well as for the applicants.
Over the last few weeks, the Search Committee has taken significant steps forward in its discernment process.
Over a two-week period in late February and early March, the committee interviewed all remaining applicants using Zoom videoconferencing technology. Each applicant interviewed with a team of three or four committee members. The team asked six standard questions of all applicants, along with two questions particular to the applicant’s packet. Applicants also had the opportunity to ask questions of the interview team.
Because the interviews were recorded, all committee members then watched and evaluated every interview.
On Saturday, March 17, the Search Committee met at Bishop Kemper School for Ministry for the next phase of group discernment. The Rev. Ann Hallisey, the search consultant assisting the diocese, joined the meeting via Zoom from her home in California. Over a five-hour period, the team discussed each applicant, prayed and then decided which applicants to invite to the discernment retreat in early June. All of the selected applicants have now agreed to continue with us in this process of mutual discernment.
Prior to the June meeting, the team will be busy with reference checks, background checks and designing the retreat. Additionally, each applicant will be assigned a shepherd from the team to remain in regular contact over the next few months.
The slate will be announced on June 21. The petition process will be open from June 21-30. Walkabouts are scheduled for Oct. 2-5, and the election will take place during Diocesan Convention on Friday, Oct. 19 at Grace Cathedral.
Please keep your Search Committee and the discernment process in your prayers. If you have any questions, please contact the Search Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org.
After a two-month period, the application deadline for the 10th bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Kansas closed on Jan. 19, 2018.
The Search Committee spent the next three weeks individually reviewing and scoring all application packets, which included essay questions, Office of Transition Ministry profiles, CVs (resumes) and three letters of recommendation.
The committee met last weekend, Feb. 16-17, at the Bishop Kemper School for Ministry in Topeka, to discuss the application materials and discern which individuals would move forward in the process.
The Rev. Ann Hallisey, the consultant assisting the diocese in its bishop search, facilitated a lively, prayerful and intense day-and-a-half of discussion and decision-making. Search committee co-chairs have now notified all applicants of the committee’s decision regarding their application.
The applicants moving forward in the mutual discernment process will be interviewed by a team of three or four committee members. All interviews will be recorded so that the rest of the committee may view them before the group gathers again on March 17.
During the March 17 meeting, the Search Committee will select applicants to invite to the discernment retreat, taking place June 8-11. At the end of this retreat, the committee will discern which candidates should be proposed to stand for election as the 10th bishop of the Diocese of Kansas. The Council of Trustees will receive and approve the slate at its meeting on June 20.
If you have any questions about the search process, please contact Ms. Diana Waddell-Gilbert (email@example.com) or the Rev. Casey Rohleder (firstname.lastname@example.org), search committee co-chairs.
The winter edition of The Harvest is now available. You can read an article by the Very Rev. Foster Mays, president of the Council of Trustees, entitled "Waiting for a New Bishop is Hard" as well as a fourth-quarter update from the Search Committee.
Follow this link to view the online version of The Harvest.
Members of the Search and Transition Committees made a presentation to Diocesan Convention on Saturday, Oct. 21, in Topeka, describing the process and timeline leading up to the election, consecration and welcome of the next bishop.
The presentation may be viewed or downloaded as PowerPoint slides HERE, or in PDF format HERE.
The Fall 2017 edition of The Harvest is now available, which contains an article by the Very Rev. Foster Mays, president of the Council of Trustees, entitled "Committees begin their important work" as well as an update about Search Committee activities over the past few months.
Follow this link to read these articles, along with other news from throughout the Diocese of Kansas.
A Culture and Climate Survey was made available Monday, August 14th and so far there have been almost 200 responses. Thank you to all of those who have taken it and have encouraged others to do so.
All members of the diocese are invited to participate in a culture and climate survey about the Episcopal Diocese of Kansas, which will be open until Aug. 31, 2017.
This survey will assist the committee in developing a diocesan profile that best reflects our hopes, dreams and expectations for our next bishop. Its results will also inform the questions we ask nominees throughout the screening process.
Finally, the report will be a gift we give to the next bishop as he or she begins their call in early 2019, as it will provide rich data about who we are, what we value as a diocese, and how our own gifts and talents contribute to the mission and ministry of the church.
The survey takes 20-25 minutes to complete: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/DioceseofKansas
You might think you have nothing to say, but you do. There are options to choose “I don’t know” and you might surprise yourself on how much you do have to say. The Search Committee would like to hear from all members of the diocese to help us in our search.
If you know someone who does not have access to a computer or does not feel comfortable taking the survey online, a paper option is available. Please contact the Rev. Casey Rohleder, Search Committee co-chair, at email@example.com or (785) 259-4672 for assistance.
The Bishop Search Committee would like to thank everyone who participated in the listening sessions on July 8 and July 15. We had 41 participants in Parsons, 61 in El Dorado, 50 in Lawrence and 43 in Topeka.
We had lively and thoughtful conversations about each of the six questions asked during the listening sessions. The feedback we collected will help us to construct the upcoming diocesan survey, as well as to develop our diocesan profile.
Please continue to pray for the diocese and the search committee as we continue to follow the guidance of God for the 10th bishop of Kansas.
Prayer for the search for the 10th bishop of the Diocese of Kansas
Gracious and loving God, thank you for the directing presence of your Holy Spirit upon those who have been set apart to discern your call of the 10th bishop of the Diocese of Kansas. Look graciously on your people as we lift up the search process in fervent prayer. Guide us to the faithful pastor who will nurture your people and cultivate the myriad gifts that abide in the people of this diocese. Empower this search with a spirit of joy and discernment as together we journey with Jesus the road ahead; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Theological statement from the Council of Trustees (adopted Feb. 1, 2017)
We, the Council of Trustees, believe in and trust the God-given gifts that abide in the people of the Episcopal Diocese of Kansas. During this season of transition, we will not be fearful. Directed by the Spirit, together we joyfully walk with Jesus the road ahead.
The summer edition of The Harvest is now available, which introduces the Diocese of Kansas to the Search Committee and Transition Committee and describes their kick-off meeting.
Follow this link to read the story.
The Search Committee invites all Episcopalians to participate in one of the upcoming listening sessions to discuss your hopes, dreams and expectations for the Episcopal Diocese of Kansas and our next bishop.
Your voice is needed so we may accurately represent who we are—in all our diversity as a diocese—to the Episcopal Church and prospective nominees for bishop.
Participating in a listening session will help us develop a survey instrument that will be administered to clergy and laity throughout the diocese in the coming weeks and, ultimately, will help us write the narrative for the diocese’s profile.
Saturday, July 8
St. John’s, 1801 Corning Ave., Parsons
Trinity, 400 W. Ash Ave., El Dorado
Saturday, July 15
Trinity, 1027 Vermont St., Lawrence
St. David's, 3916 SW 17th St., Topeka
Questions? Please contact Diana Waddell-Gilbert, Search Committee co-chair at firstname.lastname@example.org or (316) 200-6265
A bulletin insert about the upcoming listening sessions, to share with congregations in the diocese (PDF, two inserts per letter-sized sheet), can be downloaded >>HERE.