What does our ordination liturgy tell us?
It is the ministry of a bishop to continue the apostolic work of leading, supervising and uniting the Church. In undertaking this ministry a bishop is expected
- to proclaim Christ's resurrection,
- to interpret the Gospel and
- to testify to the sovereignty of God.
Within the Diocese a bishop has a particular responsibility
- to guard the faith, unity and discipline of the Church,
- to celebrate and to provide for the administration of the sacraments,
- to ordain priests and deacons,
- to join in the ordination of other bishops and
- to be, in all things, a faithful pastor and wholesome example to all Christians.
When a bishop is ordained, they promise
- to proclaim and interpret the Gospel boldly,
- to encourage and support all baptized people in their gifts and ministries,
- to work collaborately and consultatively with the lay and ordained leaders of the Church and
- to be merciful to all by showing compassion to the poor and strangers and by defending those who have no helper.
What do our Diocesan Priorities tell us?
Our Diocesan Priorities tell us that we are seeking a bishop
- who is dedicated to building positive, collaborative relationships with clergy, parish leaders, congregations and the wider community;
- who is committed to the health, well-being and growth of parishes and worshipping communities;
- who is able to equip and support parish leaders, lay and ordained, as they develop their own skills and the skills of their congregations;
- who has a heart for justice and is willing to take risks, as Jesus did, on behalf of those outside the halls of power;
- who has a high level of intercultural competency, is able to interact with and respond to people of varying cultural and theological backgrounds;
- who is willing to equip parish leaders, lay and ordained, to be interculturally competent, and
- who is prudent, generous and able to equip parish leaders to imagine creatively how resources can be developed and deployed.