Based on our survey, several characteristics clearly rose to the forefront. These can be summed up in one sentence: We are looking for a spiritual, adaptive leader who builds strong relationships by taking the time to listen, and who is able to help us find creative solutions to diocesan issues in a culturally responsive manner.
To elaborate on that overarching idea, we need a bishop who:
…will be able to navigate a wide spectrum of social/political opinions, meeting people where they are. Some of the qualities people most wanted in their new bishop were the same qualities others least wanted.
…will be able and available to spend time visiting parishes throughout the diocese. With our geographic spread, travel is an important part of the bishop’s work.
…will partner with the clergy and laity of the diocese to help them realize their full potential as ministers of the church.
…will demonstrate servant leadership.
…has the skills and creativity to help parishes find ways to bring in new members and increase our diversity across all demographic descriptors throughout the diocese.
Overall, our new bishop must unite and shepherd us to be hopeful, inclusive, open, caring people who live fully into the Episcopal branch of the Jesus Movement in Western Oregon and the world.
If you feel called to explore the possibility of joining us on this journey, we invite you to submit an application.