The Diocese of Delaware has posted an online profile as it seeks the 11th bishop in its history. The diocese will accept applications until Jan. 20, and it will release the names of nominees in May. The electing convention is scheduled for July.
The profile says on a “Who We Seek” page:
The bishop we seek is an energetic, forward-thinking leader and pastor, able to listen carefully, find opportunity for growth, and say “Come join me.” We seek a bishop whose experience and manner of life reflect the Baptismal Covenant. We seek someone sensitive to Christ working in the life of the diocese, and excited to join us in walking that journey.
… We believe our bishop should be centered, self-aware, and be someone whose life is built upon scripture and prayer. Our bishop will walk with us to envision what God is calling us to do and to become, and one who will help us to understand our world through a biblical and a theological lens.
Our bishop will be visible to the public and participate in addressing social issues. This presence in ministry enfolds us. In that ministry it is important for the bishop to cultivate relationships within the diocese, throughout the Greater Church, and among people of different faith traditions. We hope for a bishop who is willing to be a strong voice and ambassador to the larger church for the mission of the gospel; a collaborative leader who is not conflict-averse.
In order to be effective in today’s world and to keep our message relevant and accessible, the new bishop must be a good communicator who is adept and adaptable with social media and technology.