Personal Qualities & Characteristics

 Clergy gathered at Saint John's Cathedral for Ordination.

Clergy gathered at Saint John's Cathedral for Ordination.

Prayerful
Above all we pray our next bishop will have a strong relationship with Jesus Christ that is grounded in prayer and open to the Holy Spirit.

Self-Aware & Personal Presence
We hope our next bishop will be clear about who they are while continuing to grow personally and spiritually. Given the stress and anxiety that is endemic in this calling, we would also like our next bishop to be intentional about taking care of themselves by maintaining a healthy work / life balance.

 Youth at the Challenge Course at Cathedral Ridge. Photo courtesy The Reverend Kenneth A. Malcolm

Youth at the Challenge Course at Cathedral Ridge. Photo courtesy The Reverend Kenneth A. Malcolm

We feel it would helpful if our next bishop maintained a well-adjusted lifestyle that exhibits a humble non-anxious presence. We also feel it is important that our bishop have a healthy sense of humor, show compassion for all, and maintain their authenticity while being approachable and energetic.

We also hope our next bishop will be an active pastor to both our clergy and lay pastoral leaders. We hope this person will work to nurture personal relationships with our leaders.

Values
We feel that our next bishop should be able to maintain values that hold a diversity of people, congregations, and opinions together. We hope our next bishop will value this diversity and use it to move us forward toward a common vision.