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South Dakota Seeks 11th Bishop

The Diocese of South Dakota has released a web-based profile in its search for the diocese’s 11th bishop. It will receive nominations until Oct. 15.

Under the heading of “Hopes for Our Next Bishop,” the profile says:

We are seeking someone who has served in a multi-cultural setting and understands the needs and concerns of the Native and non-Native communities. Our bishop must be comfortable moving in and out of Lakota/Dakota, Anglo, and Sudanese cultures, have experience working with rural congregations, and be willing to drive long distances on a regular basis. This person may be a good financial manager and administrator, but more importantly, a strong spiritual leader with a vision for ministry. Our bishop must be rooted in theological and scriptural study and have a daily practice of prayer and weekly community worship.

Finally, we seek a strong leader with a vision and the ability to communicate well. We need an advocate for South Dakota in the wider church, especially in the House of Bishops. We look to our bishop to set an example of personal stewardship and model good self-care and boundaries, so that she or he is not swallowed up by the demands of the church. The bishop will need a commitment to managing his or her life to remain physically and spiritually healthy; a good sense of humor; and to be approachable and open to new ideas. We desire a humble leader, not seeking power, riches, or prestige, but focused on serving God and God’s people. Our bishop must actively address congregational concerns and remain calm in the midst of conflict. We are looking for someone whose faith in Christ exudes an infectious joy for others and God’s good creation. Vulnerability and a willingness to be loved and cared for by God’s people are important attributes for our next bishop.

The diocese will announce a slate on Feb. 25 and hold its electing convention on May 4.


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