Guidance for Candidates to Bishop Search Committee & Transition Committee
Dear Sisters and Brothers of the Diocese of New Jersey:
I have had a number of inquiries about what is the time commitment and what might be the skills necessary for those on the Search Committee who will be elected at the Special Convocation meetings to be held on October 24. The Dean of your Convocation will be sending you the Zoom links.
So here is what the Consultant to the Search said:
ON AVERAGE 10 hours per week. There will be times when it takes more (the discernment retreat will take three straight days) There will be some all day or most day meetings. There will be Zoom interviews. There will also be homework and helping with listening sessions.
Like I say, about 10 hours per week average, but there will be other times that will require a large commitment. Being present for the entire discernment retreat is a requirement. One cannot come for part of the time or commute.
He also provided the following as you discern whether you are called to be on the Search Committee or are considering nominating someone to stand for election. Remember to use the nomination form on the Diocesan Website.
Skills for those on a Search Committee
Good Communication skills
Able to work through consensus—clarity about consensus
Awareness of the impact upon the lives of other committee members and candidates
Ability to follow up
Integrity between personal and diocesan values
Knowledge of the wider Church
Not the usual suspects
Flexible—open to new possibilities
Able to connect with people
A real sense of radical hospitality
Able to discern for the diocese not just for themselves
Willingness to commit to the extensive time
Understand how teams work
Not into conflict
Knows how to email and actually reads it.
Have stamina and support to be on committee
Visible spiritual/prayer life
Has been a part of a discernment processes or knows it
Can set aside personal agendas
Please know that we will also be looking for people to serve on the Transition Committee. This committee is appointed by the Standing Committee. A description of the duties of the Transition Committee can be found in Canon 9 Section 10. We will be seeking first a Chair for the committee. Some of the skills needed are listed below. If you know of anyone who you believe would be a good candidate for us to consider please speak to them and if they agree let me know and we will invite them to come and speak with the Standing Committee.
Chair of Committee:
Easily works with others and calls out their talents – is not a lone ranger
Organize committee and call people to accountability
Use people’s talents for the good of the whole
Understand appropriate boundaries
Can encourage and manage conversations
Skills needed for the Committee members are as follows:
Task oriented—can and does meet deadlines
Ability to make connections—ability to network with others and seek help from others
Politically aware of diocesan issues.
Able to delegate and bring in help in areas where there is no expertise (tasks)
Sensitivity to length and breadth of diocese.
I hope you continue to join me as we pray for the formation of these Committees and for the guidance of the Holy Spirit as we seek our next bishop.
Yours in Christ,
The Reverend Edmund W. Zelley
President of Standing Committee email