The saying is sure: whoever aspires to the office of bishop desires a noble task. – 1 Timothy 3:1
In May, our synod will be electing a new bishop. Bishop Patricia Davenport has served our synod since her election in 2018 and is completing her six-year term. She will be retiring and not seeking re-election. As such, our synod is in a time of discernment about the next leader to be called to this role.
The synod has prepared a mission profile and there will soon be a time of pre-identifying candidates for the role.
The bishop election will happen at the Synod Assembly on May 3 and 4. Representatives from all synod congregations and clergy will gather for the assembly and will have vote. There will be several rounds of balloting and opportunities for candidates to address the assembly.
I invite you to learn more about this process, review the synod’s mission profile, listen to a message from the Synod’s Vice President, and pray for this time of discernment and transition in the bishop’s office. You can find out more at anytime by visiting the synod’s page for the bishop election: ministrylink.org/2024-bishop-election.
Let us pray for the church and give thanks for leaders in all times and places!