New Bishop Search
Each of the four deaneries in the Diocese of the Southwest will host an evening featuring our two finalists for Bishop. Each evening will begin at 7 p.m. deanery local time. All meetings are on Zoom.
Albuquerque: November 9
West Texas (Midland): Nov. 10
Mexico: Nov. 11
El Paso: Nov. 12
Each meeting will be organized by the deanery. More information from them should be arriving soon.
The evenings will be moderated. One finalist will appear. Emailed questions from the deanery will be forwarded by the moderator to the finalist. After a short break, the second finalist appears to speak and answer questions.
General inquiries may be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org
We look forward to spending time with you in the deanery virtual walkabouts. Please keep our finalists in your prayers as we approach the Electing Synod on December 12.
-The Rev. Pete Falk, Chair of the Committee on Nominations
Canon 6 The Office and Election of a Bishop
Section 1. The Bishop's Calling
A Bishop is called by God and the Church to be a shepherd who feeds the flock entrusted to his care. A Bishop is an overseer of the flock and as such is called to propagate, to teach, and to uphold and defend the Faith and Order of the Church. The Bishop should not lord his office over those entrusted to his care, but be an example of a servant minister to the flock. By the tradition of Christ' s One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church Bishops are consecrated for the whole Church and are successors to the Apostles through the grace of the Holy Spirit. Bishops are the chief pastors of the Diocese and the administrators of Godly discipline and governance.
Section 2. Criteria for Bishops
To be a suitable candidate for Bishop, a person should:
- Be a person of prayer, a student of God 's word, and of mature faith·
- Be genuine in the practice of Godly moral character and conduct;
- Have a zeal for winning souls, and for making disciples for Christ;
- Have demonstrated evidence of the fruit of the Holy Spirit in his life;
- Possess the leadership and teaching gifts needed to fulfill the office;
- Be respected for evidencing Godly pastoral leadership;
- Have demonstrated the ability to lead, establish, and grow the Church; and
- Be a male presbyter at least 40 years of age.