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A Prayer for the Search for the

XI Bishop of Newark

Gracious God,
We, your people in the Diocese of Newark,
give you thanks and praise for your work
among us and through us,
generation to generation.
As we seek to discern the Holy Spirits guidance
Lead us in the months ahead as we
throughout this process, we also know that you
prayerfully search for our next Bishop.
are seeking the same. Our intention is to provide
Raise up for us a steadfast steward who
the space and hospitality for our mutual
will embrace our broad and blessed
discernment.
diversity and uphold the apostolic
heritage of your Church. Guide us to a Our hope is that while you review this profile
faithful witness who speaks the Gospel and other materials, you are able to witness
truth in love and joy, and intimately the passion that exists within the Diocese of
knows your Word and world. And direct Newark. Our past, present and, we pray our
us, your disciples, in our discernment, so future, boldly speak to how we live as the Body
our faith may increase and our works of Christ in Northern New Jersey. Of course, this
glorify your Name. profile only offers a snapshot of who we
All this we ask through Jesus Christ our are. Please visit our Diocesan website for a
Lord, who with you and the Holy Spirit, more thorough look at who and what we are.
be honor and glory throughout all ages.
As you discern your next call to ministry and we
Amen.
continue to listen to the Spirit, we invite you to
join us in unceasing prayer. Our hope is that,
Welcome together, we will vividly experience God's
presence among us as we further Gods work
Welcome to the search process for our XI within the Diocese of Newark. May God bless all
Bishop! On behalf of the Episcopal Diocese of of us as we walk this path together.
Newark, we thank you for your interest in
learning more about what God is up to in our If the members of the Bishop Search/
Diocese. For several years now, our Nominating Committee may be of any further
congregations have been on a listening journey, assistance, please do not hesitate to contact us
and since the beginning of our search for the XI via email: BishopSearch@DioceseofNewark.org
Bishop, our listening has exponentially
increased.
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Who We Are prolific author and advocate for progressive
causes both nationally and within The Episcopal
Past Church. He led our Diocese to champion
womens ordination and later, gay rights, far
In 1729, missionaries
earlier than most other Episcopal Dioceses. One
like John Talbot,
result of Bishop Spongs 24-year tenure was an
known as the Apostle
ongoing and transformative dialogue on issues
of New Jersey, began
that would later threaten schism within the
work in what would
larger church. Women and gay clergy found this
become The Diocese of
Diocese to be a safe place to explore ministry,
Newark. However, our
which influenced change in other dioceses. All
first Bishop, The Rt.
this contributed to Newarks reputation as a
Rev. John Croes, was not consecrated until
progressive Diocese.
1815. The Diocese originally included the entire
state of New Jersey but growth in church Since then, our two succeeding Bishops have
membership made a division necessary. So, in given us years of equally progressive ministry,
1874, the Diocese of Northern Jersey was devoted service and pastoral care. The Rt. Rev.
created, which later would become the Diocese John P. Croneberger emphasized the Baptismal
of Newark.
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The Diocese of Newark now includes 99
churches throughout seven northern New
Jersey counties consisting of urban, suburban
and rural areas. This geographical setting
Table of Contents
impacted our growth and identity. Historically, Prayer p. 1
factors like anti-English sentiment during the
Welcome p. 1
Revolutionary period, urban industrialization,
and proximity to New York City influenced our Who We Are p. 2
Diocese. Ethnic diversity and social issues Past p. 2
pushed our Diocese to address gender roles,
Present p. 3
race relations, and issues related to sexual
orientation. Not surprisingly, debates raged in Future p. 4
this Diocese over racism, womens ordination, Our Ministries p. 4
inclusion of the LGBTQ community, the
vocational Diaconate, wars, ecology and How We Listened p. 6
immigration. Results of Online Survey p. 6
Dedicated lay people, Deacons, Priests, and Results of Listening Meetings p. 7
Bishops have wrestled with these issues while Our Finances p. 14
remaining faithful to the Gospel call to serve
those in need of housing, food, sanctuary and The Bishop We Seek p. 15
security. Search Process p. 16
Our most familiar and controversial figure is Timeline p. 18
The Rt. Rev. John Shelby Spong, elected and
consecrated in 1976. Bishop Spong became a
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Covenant and instituted the Vocational heart of Newark. Today, Newark is experiencing
Diaconate. The Rt. Rev. Mark Beckwith brought a strong revival, and Episcopal House is
gifts for efficient administration, including conveniently located adjacent to the New Jersey
putting our financial house in order, and he has Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) and three
encouraged congregations to be more engaged blocks away from the Prudential Center, home
in their local communities by Joining God in of the New Jersey Devils hockey team, regular
the Neighborhood. concerts and other entertainment opportunities.
This Diocese, which first began as 20 ailing
As a Diocese, we pledge to and support The
congregations left behind by England in
Episcopal Church, and we take pride in our
post-revolutionary New Jersey, has survived and
involvement in the wider Church. Our
grown even in the face of social change,
ecumenical and interfaith relationships are also
theological disagreements, and economic
critical to our work. Our primary governing
fluctuations. We have faced revolutions and
bodies include the Standing
riots, blizzards and hurricanes.
Committee, Diocesan
Throughout it all, we have
Council, and Trustees
sought and found God
[of the Episcopal
in our neighbors
Fund and
and served them
Diocesan
with love and
Properties]. Our
passion, prayer
congregations
and action.
are divided into
Our history seeds our 10 Districts. This
faith today, and assures us of allows for collegial
Gods ever-present guiding hand. cooperation and joint ministry.
The Bishop meets regularly with lay and clergy
Present
leaders at District meetings, official parish
We are a Diocese of 99 congregations and visitations, and Confirmation services, and, as
4 affiliated worship communities located in time allows, visits sites of local ministries.
upper Central and Northern NJ, bordering New Most recently, our Diocese has been on a
York at the Northern end, and Pennsylvania at listening journey to discern what God is up to in
the Western end. Each Sunday, worship services our communities. Many Diocesan members
are held predominantly in English, but we also have experimented and found ways to
worship in Spanish, Malayalam/Hindi (Indian) experience God outside the four walls of our
and Korean. Our lay and ordained disciples church buildings.
represent many cultural backgrounds, but all
are committed to helping, feeding, sheltering, We have both full-time and part-time clergy,
healing and transforming the lives of our and supply clergy ministries. Currently, more
members and those who walk through our than half of our clergy leaders serve part-time.
doors. In addition, we have a strong Diaconal
community. Deacons actively serve those who
Our Diocesan staff includes a Diocesan Bishop, are homeless, battered, and hungry, and offer a
a Canon to the Ordinary, and 15 dedicated staff special leadership within our worshipping
members, who work at Episcopal House in the communities.
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We are known for influencing national Our Ministries
conversations on gun violence, immigration and
Thanks to the generosity and dedication of
detention, and human trafficking and actively
faithful Episcopalians past and present, the
work against the evils of oppression and hatred.
Diocese of Newark is home to vital, innovative,
The Diocese of Newark will always remain an and meaningful ministries. Some of these efforts
active witness in and around our region, and we have been fixtures of Diocesan life for many
seek a Bishop who will support our ministries in years, while others are newer initiatives
the 21st century. designed to meet new challenges and
opportunities in the Church and in our
Future
communities.
We are a Diocese that continues to live on the
Cross Roads Camp and Retreat Center
edge of social justice issues, pushing the
envelope for radical inclusion. Our future Located in rural Warren County, our camp and
ministries will continue to be retreat center is cosponsored by our
steeped in love for Christ, one Diocese and the New Jersey Synod of
another, and for those on the the Evangelical Lutheran Church in
margins. America. The fully accredited
camp has undergone
Our rich diversity has formed
significant capital
us, and yet, in this global age,
improvements in recent
we are called to move even
years, including the
further beyond our rural
spectacular addition of the Christ Center, a
farms, suburban neighborhoods, and urban
retreat house built especially for adult groups.
cities to spread Gods message of love,
Cross Roads provides a beautiful and nurturing
redemption and reconciliation globally. Our
place year-round for renewal, healing,
environmental stewardship must also grow so
inspiration, and allows for transformation of
that future generations have a clean and safe
body, mind, and spirit. Over the past few years,
world to inhabit.
more of our parishioners have discovered the
We must look for additional ways to support amazing gift that Cross Roads offers for retreats
and enliven Gods children and challenge our and spiritual refreshment. In addition to a full
youth. We must continue to face the adaptive summer camp schedule at Cross Roads, camp
challenges regarding our church buildings and staff also offers week-long day camp experiences
smaller congregations. And we must continue to
seek out the marginalized.

We are a Diocese that makes ALL people


regardless of political views, gender identity,
race, creed, color, marital and familial status,
gender, sexual orientation, educational level,
socio-economic status, disability and health
issues feel welcomed, valued and heard.

The future is full of possibilities and


opportunities to serve God in the world.
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at local parishes in our cities and suburbs. Cross congregations to embrace their Baptismal
Roads is undoubtedly one of the jewels of the calling to strive for justice and peace. Learn
Diocese of Newark. Learn more here: more here: www.leamnj.org
www.crossroadsretreat.com
The Oasis
Commission on Hispanic/Latino Ministry
The Oasis was founded in 1989, a prophetic
The Commission strives to provide the Diocese justice ministry which led the way for LGBTQ
with an effective model for multilingual and individuals to fully participate and lead in the
multi-ethnic ministry that brings the Church. Our Diocese was the first in The
Hispanic/Latino voice to the Church. It Episcopal Church to include LGBTQ individuals
promotes the development of Hispanic in the Church, and today, The Oasis continues to
leadership within both the laity and clergy, work to make the Church safe for all people.
provides a supportive community, and raises Learn more here: www.oasisnewark.org
awareness to the presence of Hispanics and
Prison Ministry
Latinos in the Church. Learn more here:
http://dioceseofnewark.org/hispanic-latino The Prison Ministry is motivated by the Gospel
imperative of Matthew 25:36: I was in prison
Justice Board
and you visited me. When volunteers visit the
The Justice Board is a group committed to incarcerated, their children and families, they
justice issues in the Diocese of Newark, and it experience
serves to advise the Bishop and Bishops staff on Christ. This
social justice issues. Issues of justice include ministry
those that affect the life and dignity of any advocates for
person. Currently the Board is focused on restorative
supporting and protecting children, addressing justice,
violence in its many forms, and human interfaith
trafficking. Learn more here: programs,
http://dioceseofnewark.org/justice-board and personal
healing for prisoners and their families, and
Lutheran Episcopal Advocacy Ministry of
communities. Volunteers also offer Bible study
New Jersey
groups at Northern State Prison in Newark.
The LEAMNJ represents the official positions of Children of those in prison are mentored, and
the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and visits to the jail are facilitated. Prison Ministry
the Episcopal Church on issues of justice and organizes a holiday gift drive and provide
social policy. The Director, the Bishop of the camperships at Cross Roads. Learn more here:
New Jersey Synod, the Bishop of Newark, the http://prisonministry.dioceseofnewark.org/
Bishop of New Jersey, and the LEAMNJ Policy
Senior Ministries Commission
Board work together to identify particular issues
in the state where advocacy can make a The mission of the Senior Ministries
difference. While some of its advocacy efforts Commission is to help the Diocese and its
are focused on state government, it also congregations establish ministries which
addresses more local issues. Its greatest effort, celebrate the involvement of seniors in
however, is directed toward empowering congregational life and respond to seniors

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needs. Commission members assist Church are required to participate in formal
congregations in developing ministries and anti-racism dialogues. Learn more here:
provide presentations on topics such as health http://dioceseofnewark.org/anti-racism
and health insurance, planning for ones later Affiliated Organizations
years, advance directives, hospice, and much
more. All programs are designed to support and In addition to the ministries listed, many other
enrich participants, expand awareness and organizations are affiliated with the Diocese.
sensitivity, educate clergy and laity about These affiliated organizations include schools,
community resources available, and to provide residences for seniors, community development
practical answers to specific concerns. Learn corporations, and more. A full list can be found
more here: http://dioceseofnewark.org/seniors at: www.dioceseofnewark.org/organizations

Youth and Young Adult Ministries How We Listened


This summer, an Interim Coordinator for Youth Survey
and Young Adult Ministries was hired to rethink
In order to understand who we are as a Church
and reimagine how we might best serve and
and as a people of God in the Diocese of
learn from young people in our rapidly changing
Newark, we prayerfully reached out to the

members of our Diocese


through an online survey for input about the
Church and world. We recognize that programs
characteristics and traits they would like to see
and approaches of the past may no longer work
in their next Bishop. The survey included 58
and are excited to experiment with new ideas.
questions, was offered in 3 languages (English,
Members of the Diocese and Cross Roads Camp
Spanish and Korean), and went live on
and Retreat Center have volunteered to assist
Wednesday July 12, 2017.
with reinventing youth retreats and
Confirmation retreats. We declared Sunday, July 16 and Sunday, July
23 as Survey Days when members of our
In 2017, six high school youth and two
Diocese were encouraged to bring their iPhones,
chaperones attended the Episcopal Youth Event
iPads, laptops and other electronic devices to
in Edmond, OK.
church to fill out their surveys, and to assist
NAMASTE - Anti-Racism Dialogues members who are electronically challenged so
that their voices could also be heard. In
A cadre of lay and clergy guide the curriculum of
addition, we provided paper versions of the
anti-racism dialogues for members of the
survey that could be completed at their
Diocese. This Commission works to engage
convenience and brought back to churches or
Diocesan members with the ongoing challenges
mailed to the Search/Nominating Committee to
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be entered into the survey database. Listening Meetings
On Wednesday, August 16 the survey closed. Between the end of July and the middle of
Responses far exceeded our expectations. Over September we held 7 Listening Meetings in
860 surveys were completed, and every church
was represented. Approximately 290
people-hours were dedicated to discerning who
we are, where we are now and where we would
like to be in the future.

The information that we gathered shows that


regardless of the number of years of church
attendance, the age, gender or the involvement
various geographical locations throughout the
in church ministries, we are much more alike
Diocese. In order to facilitate purposeful
than we are different.
listening and honest conversation the sessions
We seek a Bishop who has the ability to: were planned as follows:

Articulate a clear vision for the future; 2 laity-only sessions;


Work effectively within our Diocese; 1 Diocesan staff session;
Create unity of purpose among diverse
1 clergy-only session; and
groups;
3 combined laity and clergy sessions.
Be pastoral and approachable; and
Over 200 people from the Diocese had the
Identify and develop new leaders.
opportunity to pray, Dwell in the Word, and
Our next Bishop should possess the following share their perspectives. Responses were
characteristics: classified in the following categories:

Integrity; Buildings Openness

Sound judgment and wisdom; Communication Pastoral


Flexible, open minded; Consolidation Relationship
Diversity Social Justice
Deeply spiritual and prayerful; and
Education Staffing
Compassionate.
Finances Support
Growth Technology
Innovation Worship
Mission Youth

The total percentage of responses for each


category was calculated. Results for the two
lay-only and three combined listening tables are
presented in the next four graphs:

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Q1. In what ways has the Diocese been a blessing to you and/or your parish?
COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY YOUTH DIVERSITY
1% 1% 2% 3% OPENNESS
3%
EDUCATION
4%
SUPPORT WORSHIP
22% 4%
BUILDINGS
5%

INNOVATION
RELATIONSHIP 5%
15%
PASTORAL
5%

FINANCES SOCIAL JUSTICE


9% 6%
MISSION/GOING LOCAL STAFFING
9% 6%

COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY YOUTH DIVERSITY


OPENNESS EDUCATION WORSHIP BUILDINGS
INNOVATION PASTORAL SOCIAL JUSTICE STAFFING
FINANCES MISSION/GOING LOCAL RELATIONSHIP SUPPORT

Q2. When Jesus comes to the Diocese of Newark, what one thing do you want Christ to
see in the Episcopal Church?

BUILDINGS EDUCATION INNOVATION SUPPORT


1% 1% 2% YOUTH
2%
2%

WORSHIP
4%

RELATIONSHIP PASTORAL
22% 5%

GROWTH
6%

MISSION/GOING LOCAL
19% DIVERSITY
10%

SOCIAL JUSTICE
11%
OPENNESS
15%

BUILDINGS EDUCATION INNOVATION SUPPORT YOUTH


WORSHIP PASTORAL GROWTH DIVERSITY SOCIAL JUSTICE
OPENNESS MISSION/GOING LOCAL RELATIONSHIP

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Q3. What opportunities and challenges face our Diocese and new Bishop in the next
five years?
EDUCATION PASTORAL SOCIAL JUSTICE
3% 3% 4%
TECHNOLOGY
4%

GROWTH STAFFING
17% 4%

WORSHIP
4%

CONSOLIDATION
RELATIONSHIP 5%
12%

YOUTH
5%

INNOVATION
BUILDINGS
10%
6%

FINANCES
DIVERSITY
9% MISSION/GOING LOCAL7%
8%
EDUCATION PASTORAL SOCIAL JUSTICE TECHNOLOGY STAFFING
WORSHIP CONSOLIDATION YOUTH BUILDINGS FINANCES
MISSION/GOING LOCAL DIVERSITY INNOVATION RELATIONSHIP GROWTH

Q4. Imagine that we have been together for 5 years, serving joyfully with our new
Bishop, what would we be doing, and how would you have helped make it happen?

CONSOLIDATION SUPPORT BUILDINGS COMMUNICATION


1% 1% 2% DIVERSITY 2%
2% EDUCATION
2% PASTORAL
2%
STAFFING
2%
TECHNOLOGY
2%
SOCIAL JUSTICE
RELATIONSHIP 3%
34%
WORSHIP
OPENNESS 3%
4%
GROWTH
6%

YOUTH INNOVATION
8% 7%
MISSION/GOING LOCAL
18%

CONSOLIDATION SUPPORT BUILDINGS COMMUNICATION DIVERSITY


EDUCATION PASTORAL STAFFING TECHNOLOGY SOCIAL JUSTICE
WORSHIP OPENNESS GROWTH INNOVATION YOUTH
MISSION/GOING LOCAL RELATIONSHIP

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Diocesan staff had the opportunity to dwell on
a different set of questions, and their responses
are summarized in the next four graphs:
Q1. What are the three (3) most important things you have learned while working as a
staff member that would be helpful to know as we search for our next Bishop?
MISSION/GOING LOCAL SOCIAL JUSTICE
4% 4%
SPIRITUALITY
4%

COMMUNICATION
7%
STAFFING
30%

DIVERSITY
7%

INNOVATION
7%

RELATIONSHIP
16% LEADERSHIP
7%
OPENNESS
SUPPORT
7%
7%

MISSION/GOING LOCAL SOCIAL JUSTICE SPIRITUALITY COMMUNICATION


DIVERSITY INNOVATION LEADERSHIP OPENNESS
SUPPORT RELATIONSHIP STAFFING

Q2. What has happened in this Diocese in the last ten (10) years that one would
consider successful, a miracle, a joy, a move forward for the Diocese?

DIVERSITY
8%

MISSION/GOING LOCAL
8%

SOCIAL JUSTICE
8%
COMMUNICATION
31%

SUPPORT
8%

RELATIONSHIP
15%

INNOVATION
22%

DIVERSITY MISSION/GOING LOCAL SOCIAL JUSTICE SUPPORT RELATIONSHIP INNOVATION COMMUNICATION

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Q3. What opportunities may have been missed NOT what went wrong in the last
ten (10) years. Please be specific about the life of the Diocese.

BUILDINGS
MISSION/GOING LOCAL FINANCES
4%
13% 4%
SPIRITUALITY
4%
TECHNOLOGY
4%
YOUTH
4%
COMMUNICATION
13%
DIVERSITY
9%
SYSTEMS
9%
EDUCATION
9%
SUPPORT
9% SOCIAL
JUSTICE
9%
INNOVATION
9%

BUILDINGS FINANCES SPIRITUALITY TECHNOLOGY YOUTH


DIVERSITY EDUCATION INNOVATION SOCIAL JUSTICE SUPPORT

Q4. What structural or institutional systems are in place that have created barriers
and have minimized opportunities for change?
BUILDINGS
6% DIVERSITY
6%

FINANCES
6%
SYSTEMS
28%
INNOVATION
6%

OPENNESS
6%

RELATIONSHIP
12% TECHNOLOGY
6%

PASTORAL MISSION /GOING LOCAL


12% 12%

BUILDINGS DIVERSITY FINANCES INNOVATION OPENNESS

TECHNOLOGY MISSION/GOING LOCAL PASTORAL RELATIONSHIP SYSTEMS

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A total of 65 clergy from all over the Responses to the first three topics were
Diocese gathered at a clergy-only session. They tabulated using the same category set utilized
discussed the following topics: for the lay, combined and Diocesan staff
gatherings, with the addition of the following
Challenges awaiting the new Bishop;
categories:
Resources the Diocese offers the Bishop in
Clergy Resilience Talent
meeting those challenges;
Clergy Support Tradition
Significant opportunities;
Closures Size
Things the new Bishop needs to do to Division Spirituality
support the clergy community; and Leadership
Gifts the Bishop needs to have to help the Results are presented in the following graphs:
Diocese in the years ahead.

Q1. Name the greatest challenges awaiting the next Bishop of Newark?

DIVISION INNOVATION SOCIAL JUSTICE


2% 2% 2% STAFFING
YOUTH 2%
2%
CLOSURES
3%
EDUCATION
RELATIONSHIP 3%
22%
MISSION/GOING LOCAL
5%

FINANCES
7%
DIVERSITY
14% GROWTH
7%

CLERGY SUPPORT
12%
SYSTEMS SPIRITUALITY
10% 7%

DIVISION INNOVATION SOCIAL JUSTICE STAFFING YOUTH


CLOSURES EDUCATION MISSION/GOING LOCAL FINANCES GROWTH
SPIRITUALITY SYSTEMS CLERGY SUPPORT DIVERSITY RELATIONSHIP

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Q2. What are the resources of this Diocese that we offer the next Bishop in meeting
those challenges?

SIZE
3% SPIRITUALITY
4%
TRADITION
4%

RELATIONSHIP
18%
CLERGY
RESILIENCE
9%

CLERGY SUPPORT
MISSION/GOING LOCAL
18%
9%

TALENT
9%
FINANCES
13%

DIVERSITY
13%

SIZE SPIRITUALITY TRADITION CLERGY RESILIENCE MISSION/GOING LOCAL


TALENT DIVERSITY FINANCES CLERGY SUPPORT RELATIONSHIP

Q3. What is our most significant opportunity as a Diocese?, i.e. What is God calling us
to become?

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The clergy community provided a list of hopes Our Finances
for the new Bishop:
Be consistent and steady; Our 2017 Budget is balanced, as required by
Diocesan canon, and it reflects our Diocesan
Model living into full stature of Christ; mission:
be honest;
Equipping Congregations... Empowering
Authentic interest in change; People...Engaging the World... with the
Help us to be a clergy family; hope and justice of Jesus.

Recognize that part-time ministry is Parish pledge income represents 65% of the
vibrant and worth supporting; Diocesan budget resources. While our Diocese
does not assess parishes, parishes are
Develop pastoral relationships; encouraged to tithe 10% of their operating
income. The sale of closed churches and related
Sense of humor, humility; and
properties provide another income stream as we
Touch base with each clergy. seek to lower the expenses associated with
maintaining our beautiful buildings while
The following is a list of gifts the clergy would equipping our churches for ministry. The net
like the new Bishop to have to move the Diocese proceeds of these sales, which must be approved
forward: by the Standing Committee, are allocated
Capacity for relationship; according to a formula agreed to by Diocesan
governing bodies.
Faith, hope, love the greatest of
these is love;
Make this place home;
Courage and conviction;
Decisive in decision-making;
Contagious joy in the Gospel;
Charism from the heart; and
The Bishop will love others because
the Bishop knows he/she is loved by
God.

While our 2017 Budget includes pledge income


lower than recent years, we have been able to:

Provide for outreach equal to 2016;


Meet our pledge to the Episcopal
Church;

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Continue to invest in our The Bishop We Seek


congregations, funding new and Over the last several months, the people of the
exciting ways of living together and Diocese of
initiating ministries that will shape Newark have
our future; and walked humbly in
Continue to fund many other pilgrimage and
important ministries that provide conversed about
opportunities to grow spiritually, to the future of our
serve and advocate for those who are Diocese and about
marginalized, to receive expressions the person who
of healing and care and transform the will partner with
world. us as our XI Bishop.

Drawing on our regional gatherings, responses


to an online survey, and special listening
meetings, trends and expectations emerged
about the person and the gifts necessary to
realize our vision.

In general, our next Bishop should live a Godly


life of love reflected in his/her ministry. The
Bishop should possess skills in pastoral care for
clergy and laity alike, and an ability to exercise
the ministry of oversight in love. One person
noted, "A Bishop must ask in love what he or she
Our Diocesan website provides additional
could demand by right."
financial information:
More specifically, the Diocese of Newark seeks a
General Finance
candidate who:
ACTSVIM Fund
Is creative, imaginative and willing to take
Bishops Church Emergency Fund risks.

Episcopal Capital Loan Fund Possesses an energetic spirit, is prepared to


listen and learn from the Diocese, pays
Marge Christie Congregational Growth & attention to our needs, understands our
Vitality Fund
DNA, builds trust, and works aggressively on
Ward J. Herbert Fund the core foundation of our Diocesan mission.

Alleluia Fund

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Is prepared to take action with us to begin to believe there is an exciting opportunity in our
develop mission strategies in the varied Diocese to be a witness to the larger church; to
regions of our Diocese and wisely align try new things, take risks, and be a model for
financial resources. connection, communication, and collaborative
ministry. We want our next Bishop to pull from
Is able to take the long view: Our challenges his/her experiences and gifts in collaboration
will not be resolved by quick fixes; our
with the leadership of this Diocese. We want our
opportunities require a clearly articulated
next Bishop to celebrate our differences and
strategy.
continue to envision a strong and healthy
Diocese.

Has a proven record of collaboration and The Search Process


working with a diverse group of people to
In February 2017, our current Bishop,
make things happen.
The Rt. Rev. Mark Beckwith, called for the
Is a reconciler who seeks to resolve conflict election of the XI Bishop of the Diocese of
in a spirit of compassion. Newark. The Standing Committee was charged
with overseeing the search process.
Is a leader with passion for social and The Standing Committee called for nominations
international justice. to a Search/Nominating Committee and a
Exhibits emotional intelligence, Transition Committee. Committee members
transparency, and maturity. were selected by the Standing Committee based
on nominees leadership and particular gifts.
Will get in the "sandbox" and play. This is a The committees are diverse and represent each
Diocese that enjoys having fun. of the Dioceses ten districts. Co-chairs (1 clergy
Finally, and importantly, we hope our next and 1 lay) were named for each committee.
Bishop will view this as a rich opportunity to
build something with us that we cannot yet
imagine. We offer our next Bishop gifted clergy
and competent, dedicated, spirit-filled lay
leaders devoted to the Church and eager to get
to work. We want to live in Christian love with
our Bishop, one another, and our neighbors. We

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A retreat was held in June for the committee Please prayerfully read the full profile before
members to meet and begin their work together. making your nominations. The requirements for
The Search/Nominating Committee created a nomination for the XI Bishop are:
Covenant and prayer for guidance during this
A cover letter;
process. Next, to ensure that every member of
the Diocese was given the opportunity to inform A completed copy of the application form
and give voice to the search, the committee (including the responses to 5 essay
created a survey and hosted 7 Listening questions);
Meetings throughout the Diocese. A current resume or CV;
Nominations for the XI Bishop will open on
October 2, 2017 and remain open until

November 3, 2017. The application form is Three letters of recommendation (at least
available on the Diocesan website. Persons may one from a clergy person and at least one
nominate themselves or be nominated by from a lay person); and
another. The Petition Process in the Diocese of An updated OTM profile.
Newark will begin March 5, 2018.
The compensation package for the XI Bishop of
Newark is under review and is the work of our
three primary governing bodies: the Trustees,
the Standing Committee, and Diocesan Council,
with input from our Diocesan Chief Financial
Officer. A link to the compensation package will
be provided by November 3, 2017 on the
Diocesan website. The final compensation
package provided to the Bishop-elect will
require final review by and approval of the
Diocesan Council.
The Search/Nominating Committee will
confidentially deliberate over the nominations
and through prayer and Gods guidance will
select a slate of candidates for the election.

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Throughout the entire process, prayer will
The Search/Nominating Committee will
support and guide all three committees, and be
continue to provide general progress updates to
offered for those nominated. To find out what is
the Standing Committee and the Diocese. The
next, please check the XI Bishop Search
Search/Nominating Committees work will be
Timeline.
concluded when the final candidates are
recommended to the Standing Committee for Thank you again for learning more about our
elections. After this, the Transition Committee Diocese and discerning your call to serve God in
will lead the process through election and our Church!
ordination/consecration of the XI Bishop of the
Diocese of Newark.
The election of the XI Bishop of the Diocese of
Newark is scheduled for Saturday, May 19, 2018.
The Transition Committee will support the
current Bishop, staff, and the Bishop-elect. The
Transition Committee is already planning a
celebration of the current Bishops ministry and
retirement.

Timeline
2017
October 2 November 3: Nominations accepted
November 3 21: Search Committee Initial Screening
November 28 January 7: Phone/Skype Screening of Candidates
2018
January 7 24: Screening for Discernment Retreat
February 19 22: Discernment Retreat
February 23 March 2: Identify Final Candidates
March 5: Standing Committee reviews and Announces Candidates
March 5 15: Petition Process Open
April 30 May 3: Walkabouts in the Diocese
May 19: Electing Convention
September 22: Ordination of the XI Bishop of the Diocese of Newark

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