Almighty and everliving God, source of all wisdom and understanding, be present with those who take counsel for the renewal and mission of your Church. Teach us in all things to seek first your honor and glory. Guide us to perceive what is right, and grant us both the courage to pursue it and the grace to accomplish it; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
The Standing Committee of the Episcopal Diocese of Springfield announces a search for the XII Bishop of the Diocese. All Bishops and Priests of the Anglican Communion of those duly constituted Diocese, Provinces, and regional Churches in communion with the See of Canterbury are eligible for nomination. The process for nomination and application are included in this document. For those interested, the Profile of the diocese may be read here.
Election of 12th Bishop of the Springfield Diocese
First, please take note that the election process in the Diocese of Springfield is uniquely transparent. There is no search committee that assembles a slate; instead, all nominees who complete the nomination process will have their relevant application materials made public to the people of the Diocese on September 14. A Nominating Synod, in conjunction with our Annual Synod on October 15th and 16th, will narrow that field to three candidates. Between October 25th and November 20th, we anticipate having opportunities for us to “Meet the Candidates” during visits to locations around the Diocese. Finally, there will be an Electing Synod on December 11th leading to a consecration of the XIIth Bishop of Springfield on May 21, 2022, pending final checks and consents.
We seek qualified nominations and encourage all to pray and think about those who might be called to be our next bishop. All bishops and priests of the Anglican Communion, those duly constituted Dioceses, Provinces, and regional Churches in communion with the See of Canterbury, are eligible for nomination. Please read the Profile carefully before making a nomination
Nominations of canonically qualified priests or bishops may be submitted by any baptized member of an Episcopal church. A nomination from one lay person and one cleric is required to begin the process; self-nomination is not acceptable. However, nominees must also submit an application after having been nominated.
To nominate someone other than oneself, please complete the online nomination form for lay nominators or the online nomination form for clergy and forward the confirmation e-mail you receive to the nominee to be included with his/her application. All materials are due on or before June 30, 2021.
To apply, please complete the online application which must be received on or before June 30, 2021.
All materials must be received on or before June 30, 2021.
PLEASE NOTE when completing nomination forms and applications that the entire form must be filled out in one sitting. Be sure to have all your materials at hand before you begin.
For the Nomination Forms:
1. Contact information (name, address, phone, and email) for the nominee.
2. Answers (not to exceed 250 words) to the following questions:
a. How long and in what capacity have you known the nominee?
b. What gifts do you feel the nominee has for the ministry and office of a Bishop?
c. Why do you believe this person would be a capable leader of the Diocese of Springfield?
3. A copy of the nomination form as it was submitted will be included in the confirmation email; please forward this email to the nominee immediately as they need it for their submission materials.
For the Application Form:
1. Copies of both the lay and clergy nominations (as pdf or word files)
2. Up to date OTM profile with all eleven questions answered and at least three references listed, including two from resident diocese and one personal. At least one reference should be lay. (as a pdf; only pages 4-7 will be published)
3. Copies (pdf or word files) or links to two recent sermons
4. Two page Curriculum Vitae: include all educational and professional experience since graduating high school (pdf or word files)
5. A recent headshot (jpg or png)
6. Please submit a short video (two to three minutes in length, please upload to youtube or vimeo and allow to be embedded at episcopalspringfield.org) addressing the following:
After reviewing and reflecting on the information provided, why do you feel called to be a nominee for the 12th Bishop of Springfield?
In consideration of nominating synod delegates, responses to prompts which do not adhere to requested time or word count will render the application unacceptable.
ALL MATERIALS MUST BE RECEIVED ON OR BEFORE JUNE 30, 2021.
If you have questions, please contact the following:
For questions regarding the nomination, application, or election process please email the Election Committee.
For questions regarding technical issues with the applications or forms, please contact Hannah Dallman, Communications Coordinator.
The Diocese of Springfield is working actively during this search with the Episcopal Church’s Office of Pastoral Development, who are beginning to use our 2-stage process with no separate search committee as a model for smaller dioceses. If you would like to know more about this collaboration, our search consultant Fr. Ron Clingenpeel has written about it here.