A146 Revisions to The Raising Up of Episcopal Leadership - A Manual for Dioceses in Transition

Resolved, the House of Bishops concurring, That the 79th General Convention urges that The Raising Up of Episcopal Leadership - A Manual for Dioceses in Transition (the “Manual”) be revised and updated to reflect best practices and protocols for the entire transition process:

* Resources that provide flexibility for use by both large and small dioceses

* Alternatives to minimize costs of transition process

* Ways to establish a transparent transition process with accountability

* Training for elected diocesan leaders/committee members involved in the transition process

* Suggestions for use of technology including secure internal communications among diocesan committees, secure communications with potential nominees, and secure sharing of reference and background check information

* Means for electronic and other background checks

* Suggestions for use of social media and websites for communicating search profile, status update, and election information

* Expanded reference check resources

* Most current medical and psychological testing

* The evaluation of substance, chemical, and alcohol use and misuse, and assessments of other forms of addiction

* Expanded background check resources including legal, financial, criminal, vehicular and civil information

* Interviews with current and former bishops with oversight of potential nominees

* Interviews with current and former diocesan Transition Ministers in ministry with potential nominees

* Encourage election procedures that allow time for adequate screening (e.g., discourage nominations from the floor)

* Transition Consultant services

* Discussion of election options/alternatives available to dioceses per canons

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