Pre-Identified Pastors for the Office of the Bishop
As part of this calling process, pastors who have the desired gifts for the office of the bishop were pre-identified by lay leaders, congregations and/or conferences from our synod. It's important to remember that this pre-identification process is not a nomination process. This is merely a process of sharing ideas and information that may be helpful in our discernment together.
In response to the major themes identified during our 2018 MNYS Town Hall Meetings, each pre-identified pastor was requested to complete the “Questions for the Prospective Bishop” form. The MNYS Town Hall Advisory Group created this form as part of the "Listening for Leadership" report, below.
This information and the responses from the pre-identified pastors will be removed before Plenary Session I of our Synod Assembly. At the Assembly, any pastor of the ELCA is eligible for consideration.
We are thankful for the pre-identified pastors and their willingness to follow this process.
May the Holy Spirit lead and guide us, that we may enter into the Bishop’s election process with an appropriate spirit, seeking greater unity in our life together, and discerning God’s will for such a time as this.
See the list of pre-identified pastors, here.
Calling Our Next Synod Bishop
The people of the Metropolitan New York Synod will be calling a new bishop during the 2019 Synod Assembly, on May 16-May 18.
Learn more about the process for the election of the bishop, here.
Read our Synod Constitution's chapter listing the duties of the Office of Bishop, here.
See the Rite of Installation of a Bishop, here.
Resources for Discernment
In our life together as a Synod, we are entering into a season when more and more of our time, energy, and attention will turn to the election of a new Bishop to lead and serve us in mission for the sake of the world. The coming months are best viewed as a time for intentional discernment about what our needs and opportunities for mission are in the Metropolitan New York Synod, and on that basis, to consider who God may be calling to be our next Bishop. In short, it’s a season of vocational and spiritual discernment, in contrast to being a time to campaign for people for a particular office. To serve our discernment, we are offering these resources for worship, prayer and discerning conversations.
There is a liturgy of Holy Communion that can be flexibly adapted for local use—in congregations, conference meetings, and other local gatherings of one sort or another. Moreover, you can cut and paste portions from this material for your own local needs—Bible Studies, a Service of the Word, litanies and petitions for Prayers of Intercession for use during Sunday morning worship, hymn sings, and perhaps other occasions that you are drawn to creatively plan. There also are suggestions in the resource for guiding informal, holy conversations on such documents as our Synod Ministry Profile, our Synod’s constitution describing the responsibilities of a Bishop in the ELCA, as well as the Rite of Installation of a Bishop. Again, you can adapt the material as is, and/or use it as inspiration for your own creativity in planning and leading local discernment occasions.
Listening for Leadership
Read the MNYS Town Hall Meeting Report "Listening for Leadership", here.
Synod Ministry Profile
See the Metropolitan NY Synod Ministry Profile, here.