A147 Pilot Board for Episcopal Transitions

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Resolved, the House of _______ concurring, That a pilot Board for Episcopal Transitions be appointed for a period of six years commencing at the adjournment of the 79th General Convention; and be it further

Resolved, That the pilot Board be composed of up to twelve persons appointed jointly by the Presiding Bishop and President of the House of Deputies; at least two members will have served as a Transition Consultant in an episcopal search within the past three years; at least one member will have served on an episcopal search committee in an episcopal search process within the past three years; at least two members will be bishops, two will be priests or deacons and two will be lay persons; at least one member will be experienced in collecting and analyzing data; and at least one member shall be a current or former diocesan chancellor; and be it further

Resolved, That the pilot Board working in collaboration with and helping resource the Office of Pastoral Development shall be responsible for:

  • revising existing resources and creating new resources to assist dioceses in the discernment, nomination, search, election, and transition processes for episcopal transitions;
  • establishing a process and developing resources by which individuals may seek support in discerning a possible call to the episcopate;
  • gathering and analyzing data regarding diversity in episcopal transitions, developing processes and resources to encourage diversity in the episcopate;
  • recruiting, training and evaluating Transition Consultants and missional review consultants;
  • encouraging electing dioceses to contract for the services of a Transition Consultant throughout the episcopal search and election process;
  • formalizing and expanding recruitment and training for Transition Consultants;
  • standardizing and monitoring the contracts used by Transition Consultants with electing dioceses;
  • establishing a process to review the performance of each Transition Consult, including the use of individual performance records for each Transition Consultant and to provide for their collection and analysis.
  • establishing a process for electing dioceses to provide individual performance evaluations based upon objective standards for the Transition Consultant(s) who served the electing diocese from which the work of each Transition Consultant can be evaluated.
  • providing ways in which one or more Transition Consultants can participate in the maintenance of the Raising Up of Episcopal Leadership - A Manual for Dioceses in Transition and evaluation of the effectiveness of the episcopal election process.
  • developing guidelines for reference, background, medical, and psychological screening of persons considered for nomination for episcopal elections and guidelines for the dissemination, evaluation, and record keeping of the screening information gathered; and be it further

    Resolved, That the pilot Board report semi-annually to the Executive Council and triennially to the General Convention; and be it further

    Resolved, That if the General Convention chooses to not establish the pilot Board, the General Convention refer the above proposals of this Resolution to the Office of Pastoral Development for review and appropriate action; and be further

    Resolved, That the amount of $100,000 be appropriated for the organization and initial resources of the pilot Board, to include two meetings per year.

Explanation

The Resolution establishes the pilot Board of Episcopal Transitions to collaborate with the Office of Pastoral Development. The Board comprises persons from all orders of the Church’s ministry. Through that collaboration, the Board will be responsible for revising existing resources and creating new resources to assist dioceses in the discernment, nomination, search, election, and transition processes for episcopal transitions; establishing a process and developing resources by which individuals may seek support in discerning a possible call to the episcopate; gathering and analyzing data regarding diversity in episcopal transitions, developing processes and resources to encourage diversity in the episcopate; recruiting, training and evaluating Transition Consultants and missional review consultants; and developing guidelines for reference, background, medical, and psychological screening of persons considered for nomination for episcopal elections and guidelines for the dissemination, evaluation, and record keeping of the screening information gathered.


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