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Bishop Search & Nomination Committee Applications Now Being Accepted


The Standing Committee of the Diocese of Chicago is now accepting applications for lay leaders and clergy to serve on the Search & Nomination Committee for the Thirteenth Bishop of Chicago. Applications are due by May 6, 2019, and the Standing Committee expects to announce the members of the committee on May 22.


The Search & Nomination Committee has three very important roles:  to listen to voices from across the diocese; to discern God’s call for the diocese; and to seek the most qualified candidates for 13th Bishop of the Diocese of Chicago. Committee members will carry out this holy work prayerfully and collaboratively, under the guidance of our consultant, the Rev. Kimberly Jackson. The committee will reflect the diversity of our diocese and will recognize the strength that diversity brings. The committee’s work will begin with a mandatory retreat June 14-15 and conclude with the presentation of a slate of nominees to the Standing Committee, a process that will take about ten months. The first several months will be spent creating a profile of the Diocese of Chicago that will communicate who we are, what we believe, and what qualities we seek in our next bishop.


  • A lay member who is in good standing in a congregation in the Diocese of Chicago, or

  • A priest or deacon who is canonically-resident in the diocese and agrees not to be a candidate

  • Must be willing to make a substantial time commitment to the search, including some evenings, weekends, and travel

  • Must be able to attend a mandatory retreat led by our search consultant June 14-15, 2019, at Loyola University Retreat and Ecology Campus in Woodstock, IL

  • Must be willing to attend anti-racism/anti-bias training as a member of the Search & Nomination Committee (customized session to be held July 18-20)

  • Has diocesan experience (committee, commission, convention, workshop, etc.)


  • Is trustworthy and can keep information about candidates confidential

  • Has an active prayer life and will make room for the Holy Spirit

  • Has the ability to discern a call to ministry in others

  • Can work collaboratively, adhering to budgets and deadlines

  • Can balance individual interests with the interests of the whole

  • Can have difficult conversations with kindness and compassion


The ideal Search & Nomination Committee will have some members with the following experience:

  • Project management (paid or unpaid)

  • Previous search (inside or outside the diocese)

  • Communication (copywriting, print, digital, graphic design, web)

  • Research (surveys, interviews, focus groups)

  • Human Resources (interviewing, checking references, etc.)

  • Event planning (the Search & Nomination Committee will have responsibility for organizing a candidate retreat)

Search & Nomination Committee Application

The Standing Committee asks that you prayerfully consider whether you meet the qualifications above and are called to serve as a member of the Search & Nomination Committee. The Standing Committee is seeking applicants from across the diocese, lay and ordained, from large and small congregations, long-time Episcopalians and those relatively new to the church. The Search & Nomination Committee will respect the diversity of our diocese, including race and ethnicity, sexual orientation, and gender identity.

Search & Nomination Committee Applications may be completed online and must be submitted no later than Monday, May 6, 2019.  The Standing Committee expects to announce the Search & Nomination Committee on Wednesday, May 22, 2019.