News from the Bishop Coadjutor Search Committee
April 29, 2021
The committee selected to search for the next Bishop of The Anglican Diocese of South Carolina met in an overnight retreat at St. Christopher Camp and Conference Center Sunday evening, April 18 and Monday April 19.
We began and ended our overnight steeped in prayer and all had a truly blessed time watching in awe as the power of the Holy Spirit moved, molded and shaped our thoughts and directed our hearts. This committee remains convinced that our Lord has already chosen our next bishop and that we, on the committee, are merely affirming God’s choice.
You may remember that according to our timeline we offered a very long inquiry period in which the entire Anglican Diocese of South Carolina was invited to suggest a priest for consideration by the committee. We received a large number of suggested names during this first phase which concluded on April 1.
The majority of those suggestions ended in the suggested priest deciding themselves not to go any further in the process. For those remaining, we divided the names amongst us and are now checking references and setting up appointments for interviews via Zoom. All of the remaining nominees will be interviewed by the committee as a whole on Zoom and also every remaining nominee will be visited in their ministries by small teams of committee members. This phase of the search process is scheduled to end June 24 when the Search Committee meets as a whole to hear reports from the teams who visited the nominees.
Here’s a timeline of remaining tasks to be completed by the Bishop’s Search Committee:
April 23 –May 23 – Zoom meetings by entire search committee with every remaining suggested person.
May 24 – the Bishop’s Search Committee meets as a whole to consider a list of nominees who will move on in the process.
May 25 through June 23 – the final list of nominees will be visited in their ministry context.
June 25 – Search Committee meets to approve final list to be presented to the Standing Committee.
July 6 – The Standing Committee makes their choices as to whom will continue in the process, pending extensive background checks.
August 1 – an official list of Candidates for Bishop Coadjutor will be published with a suggested date or dates for a walkabout or for several walkabouts for diocesan delegates to meet the candidates.
Around September 11– Walkabout (or walkabouts) to be held for the diocesan delegates to meet the candidates. The Walkabout or walkabouts will be hosted by the Search Committee.
October 16 – Ballots to be cast for Bishop Coadjutor at a special Diocesan Electing Convention.
After October 16 – ACNA College of Bishops meets to approve Diocesan selection of new Bishop.
March 12, 2022 (God willing) – Consecration of new Bishop at Diocesan Convention
Thank you so very much for your faithful prayer for this search committee. We can honestly feel your participation and the undergirding that you provide through your prayers. Please continue!
Respectfully Submitted ,
Communications member of the Bishop’s Search Committee