The Rev. Canon Dr. Rob Droste, diocesan Canon for Congregational Development and Mission, will be beginning a time of sabbatical on Oct. 1, as he prepares to transition out of his staff position in the Diocese of New Jersey. This change comes in response to our significant financial challenges, and is not a reflection on his work, or on our commitment to provide support for congregations and leaders across the Diocese of New Jersey. Canon Droste remains a highly valued priest of the diocese.
“It’s been a real privilege to focus on the church’s core purpose of forming committed followers of Jesus for the world through innovations like the Coaching Network, Way of St. Paul, RenewalWorks, and more,” Canon Droste said. “Karla and I are so grateful for the clergy and laypeople who have done so much these nine years to join Jesus’ loving, liberating work, and we look forward to supporting our new bishop as we explore new opportunities in this amazing diocese.”
I remain committed to the work of congregational development. In the weeks ahead, we will be searching for a Canon for Congregations to support our churches, clergy, and lay leaders. This position is intended to offer ground-level support to all our congregations, in response to the needs and concerns faced by parishes and missions today.
I give thanks for Canon Droste and for his nine years of faithful service in the Diocese of New Jersey. If you would like be in contact with him, he can be emailed at email@example.com. Over the next week, we will find ways to celebrate his work and to say goodbye as we conclude his time as a member of the diocesan staff. We are working with Canon Droste to discern the best ways to continue some of his work with coaching and leadership support, and I will be in touch directly with those groups and congregations that have worked closely with our Canon for Congregational Development and Mission in the weeks ahead. Please keep Canon Droste and his wife Karla in your prayers as they continue their ministry in this new season.
—The Rt. Rev. Sally French, Bishop of New Jersey