The Nominating Advisory Committee for the next Chief Operating Officer of the Episcopal Church has issued an update on its activity.
The Chief Operating Officer (COO) Nominating Advisory Committee conducted its first in-person meeting in November, following a series of conference calls and video conferences. The COO Nominating Advisory Committee stressed that its work is ongoing, intensive and productive.
Chairperson Bishop Greg Rickel explained that the Advisory Committee wished to provide an update to the Church on the activities and progress. “We’re doing our work, assessing candidates, discussing next steps and looking forward to making recommendations for filling this important position,” he said.
Rickel also praised the group for their “collaboration and ability to work together.”
The key, the members said, is that the COO position has been re-focused, re-defined and re-tuned.
Member the Rev. Lang Lowry noted the “good response” of candidates with “high qualifications.”
Applications are welcome until the next COO is appointed.
Following review, the Advisory Committee will submit two or more names to the Presiding Bishop and the President of the House of Deputies. The position is expected to be filled in early 2017.
The COO position is open to clergy and laity. “The need,” noted member Diane Pollard, “is to be qualified for the position.”
The Advisory Committee asked for continued prayers.
The Committee offered an updated job description for the COO, here.