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What do we need in a new Presiding Bishop?

What do we need in a new Presiding Bishop?

At 12 Noon, Eastern Time, the nominees for our next Presiding Bishop will be announced. Scott Gunn has been thinking about the qualities the next PB will need to take on a nearly impossible task.

Seven Whole Days:

A visionary leader. We need a leader who can cast a large, inspiring vision for the church and who knows how to work with strategic thinkers to make it happen. We do not need a maintenance or caretaker PB right now. We need a bishop who is a person of big ideas and who gets people on board. How can we know if this is true? Look at the bishop’s track record.

Leader for change. We need a leader who is skilled at leading through times of change and who can change readily herself or himself. The status quo is melting before our very eyes, and our church is going to look very different at the end of a PB’s nine-year term. We need a bishop who has a history of navigating change, especially organizational change….

Brilliant communicator. We need a presiding bishop who is a natural communicator, who can articulate complex, difficult ideas with clarity and grace, especially under pressure. The next PB should be facile with social media (though, like Pope Francis, may delegate this to others, so long as the point of it is understood). Watch out for posers who suddenly have a Twitter account now that their campaign is picking up speed….

Read the rest here. Before we find out who the nominees are, what would you like to see in the next Presiding Bishop?


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Paul Woodrum

While Pope Francis is very personable and I don’t doubt his sincerity, I’m not convinced he should be held up as a model for the Primate of the Episcopal Church. He has a considerably larger stage on which to act. His charm offensive may have obscured, but still has not changed, the Roman denomination’s position on clerical celibacy (the root of sexual molestation), nor the second class position accorded women and gay people, nor recognition of the orders of sister churches, nor any number of dubious dogmas not rooted in scripture.

I would suggest more modest and more justice centered criteria mold our expectations.

David Murray

We need a leader who as the Presiding Bishop will both lead and listen, but knows that this may not please all. Frankly, we in TEC have faced the tension of being true to the best of the past as well as face the present issues with the understanding that the future awaits it. I hope the next Presiding Bishop can understand that the position is one of leadership, and also one of honoring the work of others in the past. However, this person ought to not to imprisoned.

Dirk Reinken

From Scott Gunn: “Watch out for posers who suddenly have a Twitter account now that their campaign is picking up speed….”

Based on this, the contest is between +Curry and +Douglas, who each have a record of hundreds of tweets going back years.

Adiaphora, but interesting.

Leonardo Ricardo

True, the bishop of Rome has opened hearts, minds, and ¨talked turkey¨ while being a person of the people as well as a great leader too…yes, the people! Imagine great hospitality, the welcoming and gleefilled possibilities when we have a people person who prays WITH the people. MIXES IT UP with the regular folks at all levels of LIFE! Being a responsible leader would include being able to ¨manage funds prudently¨ (but not be a greedster or a piker) file lawsuits¨ if needed or work out alternative solutions as the need for them present themselves! Yes, a respected friend, a realist, a ¨regular¨ and wise human being and a person who believes in a God who continously reveals more to us (it’s clear the ¨answers do come if we want them¨). Reality just takes some getting used to and I would WELCOME and embrace any upfront person and joyfilled leader who is not terrified of REAL! (which might even include their very own vulnerabilities, saying yes, saying no, saying maybe and changing their mind all together) The times insist on someone at the top who has the ability to embrace, everyone, personally and pastorally. No one less gifted, por favor!

Sergio Laurenti

A believer in Jesus Christ that will put prayer before action and action as consequence of prayer.

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