Update from the Bishop Search Committee: November 18th, 2017

We invite you to join us on the search for the Fourth Bishop of The Episcopal Diocese of West Tennessee.

The Bishop Search Committee composed of lay and clergy, male and female, from faith communities inside and outside of Shelby County, began its holy work in September. Part of our charge is the task of creating a profile of our diocese and communicating the qualities sought in our next bishop. To do this, we need your input! We especially need your input about the qualities you would like to see in the next bishop. To gather as much information from our faith community as possible, we will offer two ways to share your ideas and needs: participation in a survey and attending and sharing at the Holy Listening Sessions planned at various faith communities throughout the diocese beginning in Lent 2018.

The dedicated website for the bishop search process is http://wtnbishop.com. As the Search Committee makes further information available, it will be posted on this website.

As prayer grounds and guides us, we earnestly ask for your prayers in this first phase of the process as we listen and discern. We especially offer the prayer below written by The Reverend Deacon Randy McCloy:

A Prayer for the Election of the Bishop of West Tennessee

“Almighty God, Creator, Sustainer, and Redeemer: we pray that you will continue to send your blessings to the Diocese of West Tennessee, and to all those who will participate in the search for our next Bishop.  We pray that you will give us open hearts, wisdom, and clarity of thought and that our efforts will be guided by the Holy Spirit. Give us the courage and perseverance to find and elect a person who will be for us a Shepherd, who will follow in the example of Jesus Christ, and whose voice and actions will promote unity in a church and a society too often divided. May our search be a product of the love, mercy, and grace you extend to all of God’s children. Amen.”

In Christ’s Service,

Lavonnie Perry Claybon, Co-Chair
The Reverend Gayle McCarty, Co-Chair