Leadership Capacities & Skills

 The Reverend Chris Ditzenberger baptizing an infant at St. Gabriel Episcopal Church in Cherry Hills Village. Photo courtesy Fred Mast

The Reverend Chris Ditzenberger baptizing an infant at St. Gabriel Episcopal Church in Cherry Hills Village. Photo courtesy Fred Mast

Visionary
We are looking for someone who will help us face the difficulties of a changing world. That person will work collaboratively with us in creating a vision for our future as the Body of Christ. Then together, we want to plan and effectively implement that vision. This calls for a leader with an openness to new ideas, an ability to think outside the box.   

Team player
We seek an excellent communicator who reaches across our varied diocese to find people with gifts that complement their own and delegate tasks and responsibilities. Ultimately, we are looking for someone with the gifts to help us to grow God’s Kingdom together.

Manager / Administrator
In the life of a diocese as vast as ours, we need our bishop to be able to manage resources and structures at the diocesan level. This requires skills in conflict management and the ability to build bridges of common ministry.

 Participants in the Women’s March on Denver from St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, Denver; St. Peter and St. Mary Episcopal Church, Denver; St. John’s Cathedral, Denver; St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Lakewood; & Holy Comforter Episcopal Church, Broomfield. Photo courtesy The Reverend Canon Rebecca Crummey.

Participants in the Women’s March on Denver from St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, Denver; St. Peter and St. Mary Episcopal Church, Denver; St. John’s Cathedral, Denver; St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Lakewood; & Holy Comforter Episcopal Church, Broomfield. Photo courtesy The Reverend Canon Rebecca Crummey.

Embracing Diversity

As a highly diverse diocese, Colorado encompasses many disparate expressions of culture, politics, and theology. It is important that our next bishop be able to navigate not only our challenging geographical terrain but also our current landscape of differences, challenging us to grow in a number of diverse ways.

It is also worth noting that in Colorado we treasure a close relationship with our Lutheran brothers and sisters, sharing ministry with them in many places. Our next bishop will benefit from this partnership and from a number of other ecumenical relationships.

Social Justice and Public Advocacy
Episcopalians in Colorado are active in many outreach ministries, with, for example, over 30 Jubilee Ministries across the state. We are also beginning to formally venture into the areas of social justice and public advocacy at the diocesan level. We hope our next bishop will value this ministry and have the leadership skills necessary to help us continue to grow in these areas.