As the Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh's Bishop Search Nominating Committee began its work, it committed itself to a process of visiting parishes to conduct forums throughout the diocese. Over 500 parishioners (about 20% of average Sunday attendance) participated in this process. What we heard and learned offers a rich picture of our diocese and helps inform the prayerful discernment process of the Search/Nominating Committee.
We believe that God is calling a bishop who will work with us, recognizing the energetic, empowered leadership already in place, and acknowledging how far we have come since 2008. We want a compassionate, accessible person with hands-on experience in building consensus and trust among groups. We need someone who can be creative and innovative in finding ways to serve our down-sized diocese, continually keeping us focused on our mission. We are seeking someone who demonstrates humility, grace and patience; is not afraid to roll up shirt sleeves; and who pitches in to accomplish the task at hand. Knowing our style, we need someone with a sense of humor who can keep us grounded in those things that really matter as we try to answer God's call for the future.
Discover more about our search process by visiting www.episcopalpgh.org/bsearch.