D066 Discerning a Call to the Episcopate

Resolved, the House of Bishops concurring, That the issue of how the Church can better aid in the discernment of a call to the episcopate be addressed by providing access to a confidential process of information and mentoring through the Office of Pastoral Development; and be it further

Resolved, That the Pilot Board for Episcopal Transitions Office of Pastoral Development assisted by the Task Force to assist the Office of Pastoral Development create an informational website, accessible to all, with interviews and information that would aid in demystifying the process of discerning a call to the episcopate; and be it further

Resolved, That the Pilot Board for Episcopal Transitions Office of Pastoral Development assisted by the Task Force to assist the Office of Pastoral Development recruit a roster of bishops, former candidates in episcopal elections, and other appropriate pastoral support people as may be appropriate for providing information and to confidentially answer questions of seekers prior to that person deciding whether to enter a diocesan search process for a call to the episcopate; and be it further

Resolved, That the General Convention request the Joint Standing Committee on Program, Budget and Finance to consider a budget allocation of $95,000 for the implementation of this resolution.


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